Audra Simmons (The Dark Side Studio) is creating practice videos & a window into my work
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patrons

I'm Audra Simmons, and I'm the founder and artistic director of The Dark Side Studio and Lavish. Since its opening in 2004, the studio has been home of the 'tribal fusion' belly dance scene in Toronto, and in many ways in Canada. I now refer to the style I teach and perform as modern belly dance.

I'll be posting instructional and practice videos for belly dancers, of all styles, so you can develop your technique and abilities at home, as a supplement to your own practice, or perhaps as your practice, and also using this platform to offer a window into my own work.

I believe that practicing the basic building blocks of belly dance will result in a solid foundation and I teach dancers (at all levels) to work to clean and refine their technique, and to be exact about where the movements are initiated, so you can control your body with precision. This results in dancers with clean and clear technique, who are able to integrate stylization on top of that, so you can perform to the music of your choice with your own voice. So, to that end, the videos posted here, work with common belly dance movement and vocabulary, and we drill it in the format I have successfully used in classes and workshops I've lead since 2003. It's how I practice, and how I've taught many of the successful dancers who've come through the studio over the years.

I also believe transparency (I don't believe any of this is magic), so I'm also sharing my own work and methods here. Works in progress, my own practice sessions, rehearsals, and inspiration are some of the kinds of things available at that reward level.

Thanks for your time, and happy dancing.  

More about me and The Dark Side Studio:
YouTube
FaceBook - The Dark Side Studio
Facebook - Audra Simmons
Instagram

I also have downloadable practice sessions that you can purchase if this platform isn't what you're looking for
Tiers
1 minute drill
$1 or more per month
Access to the '1 minute drills'. I'll break down a drill in just a minute, so you've got something quick, not necessarily easy, to work with. 
Monthly practice
$7 or more per month
Access to '1 minute drills' PLUS


- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)

Monthly practice & more
$10 or more per month
Access to '1 minute drills' & to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month) PLUS


- access to my personal practice, inspiration, rehearsal, creative process and more

All the things & monthly private
$55 or more per month
Access to '1 minute drills' & to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month) and to my personal practice, inspiration, rehearsal, creative process and more PLUS


- a monthly online private lesson through Skype/FaceTime

Goals
42 of 60 patrons
When I reach 60 patrons (!!) I'll make a complete choreography instructional video, exclusively for my patrons, that you're free to learn and/or perform. I'll include options for various levels, and an in studio performance of the piece.
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I'm Audra Simmons, and I'm the founder and artistic director of The Dark Side Studio and Lavish. Since its opening in 2004, the studio has been home of the 'tribal fusion' belly dance scene in Toronto, and in many ways in Canada. I now refer to the style I teach and perform as modern belly dance.

I'll be posting instructional and practice videos for belly dancers, of all styles, so you can develop your technique and abilities at home, as a supplement to your own practice, or perhaps as your practice, and also using this platform to offer a window into my own work.

I believe that practicing the basic building blocks of belly dance will result in a solid foundation and I teach dancers (at all levels) to work to clean and refine their technique, and to be exact about where the movements are initiated, so you can control your body with precision. This results in dancers with clean and clear technique, who are able to integrate stylization on top of that, so you can perform to the music of your choice with your own voice. So, to that end, the videos posted here, work with common belly dance movement and vocabulary, and we drill it in the format I have successfully used in classes and workshops I've lead since 2003. It's how I practice, and how I've taught many of the successful dancers who've come through the studio over the years.

I also believe transparency (I don't believe any of this is magic), so I'm also sharing my own work and methods here. Works in progress, my own practice sessions, rehearsals, and inspiration are some of the kinds of things available at that reward level.

Thanks for your time, and happy dancing.  

More about me and The Dark Side Studio:
YouTube
FaceBook - The Dark Side Studio
Facebook - Audra Simmons
Instagram

I also have downloadable practice sessions that you can purchase if this platform isn't what you're looking for

Recent posts by Audra Simmons (The Dark Side Studio)

Tiers
1 minute drill
$1 or more per month
Access to the '1 minute drills'. I'll break down a drill in just a minute, so you've got something quick, not necessarily easy, to work with. 
Monthly practice
$7 or more per month
Access to '1 minute drills' PLUS


- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)

Monthly practice & more
$10 or more per month
Access to '1 minute drills' & to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month) PLUS


- access to my personal practice, inspiration, rehearsal, creative process and more

All the things & monthly private
$55 or more per month
Access to '1 minute drills' & to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month) and to my personal practice, inspiration, rehearsal, creative process and more PLUS


- a monthly online private lesson through Skype/FaceTime