Bellydance: Precision Technique & Practice for Beginners, with Irina Akulenko
This program is divided into 3 sections. In the first section, after a thorough warm up, Irina goes over foundations of belly dance movement, breaking down 36 basic steps and isolations and leading a detailed practice with music.
Section two is a series of 21 drills where two contrasting or two similar movements are paired together into a short combination - you will love this! Irina focuses on one area of the body at a time, such as the lower body, and works with pairs movements that have only one key variation, such as opposing types of hip figure 8s. This section is a step toward mastering precision muscle control, and is a fun and challenging way to internalise the details of the moves you learned in section one.
The final third of Irina’s Diamond Cut Bellydance program offers breakdown and practice of seven dynamic dance combinations, which vary in mood, tempo, length and level of difficulty. Here, Irina plays with different stylizations, from an Oriental flavor to a touch of Tribal style. The combinations start off easy, but escalate in sophistication, culminating in an explosive drum solo choreography. This section will apply the graceful technique you learned to beautiful music, challenge your coordination and help you enjoy belly dance to the fullest!