Absolute Beginner Course: Lesson 1 of 8

Covered in Lesson 1

  • General notes on how to use the course
  • basic stance, and the 9 landmarks of basic stance (hips over knees, knees point forward, feet under knees, neutral pelvis; neutral spine; lifted heart, open shoulder girdle, balanced skull; flowing breath)
  • Side-to-side tilt, double side-to-side tilt, travel with double side-to-side tilt
  • counting and holds
  • weighted movement
  • hand position
  • 3 arm positions: low, closed, overhead
  • transitioning with wrist articulation and a lifted elbow
  • horizontal slides
  • time-marking foot pattern

Lesson 1 Video Bookmarks

4:34 Warmup
14:34 Basic Stance Overview
22:31 Side-to-Side Tilt Breakdown
24:54 Side-to-Side Troubleshooting
27:16: Side-to-Side Technique Flow
31:00 Double Side-to-Side Technique Flow
35:56 Hand Position Placement
38:24 Low V Arm Position Placement
39:18 Overhead (5th) Arm Position Placement
40:09 Closed Oriental Arm Position Placement
41:13 Closed Oriental to/from Open Breakdown
42:12 Closed Oriental to/from Overhead and Low V Breakdown
47:27 Arm Technique Flow
47:28 Music: “Ra Returns” Bella Gaia
51:18 Horizontal Slide Breakdown
55:25 Horizontal Slide Troubleshooting
55:49 Combo slide/tilt Breakdown Breakdown
56:31 Slide/Tilt Technique Flow
1:00:57 Time-Marking Step Overview
1:02:14 Tilt/Time Marking/Slide Flow
1:03:43 Recap

Music Used Lesson 1:

4:43 “Los Bilbilicos” from the album Oasis by Al Asdeka
8:44 “Pharaonic Passion” from the album Oriental Fantasy Vol. 7, Dances of Pharaonic Passion by Beata and Horacio Cifuentes
27:19 “Alf Leyla Wa Leyla” from the album Opium by Sherefe
30:00 “Ala Nar” by Beata and Horacio Cifuentes, from the album Oriental Fantasy (Vol.1) – Ala Nar
47:28 “Ra Returns” from the album Beautiful Earth by Bella Gaia
56:32 “Ganil Hawa” by Beata and Horacio Cifuentes, from the album Oriental Fantasy Vol. 2 – Inta Omri by Beata and Horacio Cifuentes

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