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0:41 Belly dance combinations/drills designed to increase abdominal engagement as you perform common belly dance steps. We'll also practice supporting our hipwork with organic upper body trajectories. The combinations presented in this class are also featured in Neon's "Eternal Feminine" choreography. Level: Intermediate - Advanced
1:06 Neon's choreography class "Eternal Feminine"; Focus: Hipwork Technique + elements of expressivity. Music: "Journey to Damascus" by Akela Sun. Level: Intermediate - Advanced
"I designed this bellydance choreography as a lower body undulation drill for my class, and later embellished it. The music I used is just a loop, but it has a nice free-spirited feel to it - the title of the song is “Journey to Damascus.” It was written for a film - you can look it up online and purchase it if you like it."
0:52 Fluid Arms Technique for Belly Dance Go beyond the retro "Oriental arms" to fluid and evocative arm movement. Neon shares her technique of adding powerful expressivity to every arm path and gesture + practice with music. Level: Open
"Today we’ll work on fluidity of our arm movements. When I was a belly dance beginner, many years ago, teaching belly dance arms was all about frames or simple paths. It was about keeping your arms contained and getting them out of the way of your hips, and very little about using your arms to enhance expressivity of your dance, using them as part of your body language, which always tells a story. However, if you are not telling a story with your dance, your audience is reading their story into whatever you do anyway... right?"
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0:50 Instruction & Coordination Drills for Fluidity in Belly Dance - Instruction and practice of belly dance moves and trajectories esential for developing and enhancing fluidity of your dance - with Neon. We'll work on the upper-lower body coordinations needed to support your hipwork and full body angle changes in belly dance. The drills from this class are also available as a non-stop 30-minute practice session. Level: Intermediate
"Movement described as fluid in any dance form or sports activity is always fully coordinated - bits and pieces of your movement trajectories link between themselves like clockwork - there are no odds and ends sticking here and there, such as unfinished trajectories, or transitions that go nowhere."
0:30 Non-stop Coordination Drills for Fluidity in Belly Dance 30-minute practice of belly dance moves and trajectories esential for developing and enhancing fluidity of your dance - with Neon. If you are about to try this practice for the first time, you may want to select the 50-minute version first "Instruction & Coordination Drills for Fluidity in Belly Dance," where Neon explains each drill and its purpose.
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0:51 Spinal articulation for belly dance transitional steps - Neon. You can’t have that fluid, connected, expressive movement in bellydance if you are not supporting your hipwork or armwork with spinal articulation - body waves and rotation. Learn to fully engage your spine on every step. Level: Intermediate
"Today we’ll work on one of my favorite subjects - spinal articulation in bellydance. It’s one of the factors contributing to fluid execution of bellydance moves, an absolute must for advanced bellydance...You can’t have that fluid, connected, expressive movement in belly dance if you are not supporting your hipwork or armwork with spinal articulation - waves and rotation."
0:46 Strike a pose! Spinal articulation technique for evocative poses in belly dance Level: Open
"One subject that is usually overlooked in belly dance classes, but is nevertheless crucial for the quality of your dance is pacing. It’s very common for beginner dancers to go at exactly the same pace throughout their improvisational performance. Very often it’s fast, all over the stage, with cascades of accents that never seem to stop. When you improvise it’s hard to focus on subtler elements, and pacing gets sacrificed first... Today we’ll come up with a couple patterns to break the monotony of travel steps and hipwork even if your music is kind of monotonous, which happens a lot, especially with pop music. And this is the key: Don’t wait for a big change in rhythm or a swirl of melody to perform your signature accents - change your pace regularly with a pose, a long turn or a dramatic accent."