Dancing in the Mountains: WHD Dance 2015

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Travel in India inspires this year’s WHD Dance. In the foothills of the Himalayas, I’ve been choreographing Bollywood style and it’s turning out to be quite cute and fun. It combines some off-body moves with a bit of on-body dance, lots of bouncy footwork and graceful things to do with your arms & eyes.

The song, Chaiyya Chaiyya, is an Urdu love song from the film Dil Se. It’s 3 minutes long, edited from a longer version, and you can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/spin-matsuri/chaiyya-chaiyya-whd-2015

My Internet access is limited until I get to Bangalore in early July, but I plan to film the tutorials and get them uploaded as soon as I can after that! If you want to start working on the hoop moves, here are some in the dance so far (If the names aren’t familiar, you’ll find most of them in the 33 Hoop Moves video.)

  • Anti-spin flower
  • Weave
  • Baseline pass
  • Isolation
  • Mandala
  • Z-spin
  • Lasso/cowgirl

If want to drill movements while waist hooping, practice turning in the hoop, walking, and doing grapevines. Some of the footwork also involves squats, turns, and formations.

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