Audra Simmons (The Dark Side Studio) is creating practice videos & a window into my own work
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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
Tiers
Show some lovin'
$1 or more per month
If you just wanna show a little support for what I do!
Come practice with me
$10 or more per month
- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)
Practice & my private sessions
$15 or more per month
- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)

- access to my personal work including personal practice, works in progress, sharing the creative process, and inspiration
Practice & private lesson
$68 or more per month
- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)  

- access to my personal work including personal practice, works in progress, sharing the creative process, and inspiration

- monthly online private lesson through Skype/FaceTime
Goals
76% complete
When I hit this goal, I'll sit down and do a little musicality with finger cymbals explanation video.  I'm thinking about how the cymbals are counted out in musical terminology, including real live triplets, 16th notes and a few funky new patterns I've been doing in my personal practice.
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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
Show some lovin'
$1 or more per month
If you just wanna show a little support for what I do!
Come practice with me
$10 or more per month
- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)
Practice & my private sessions
$15 or more per month
- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)

- access to my personal work including personal practice, works in progress, sharing the creative process, and inspiration
Practice & private lesson
$68 or more per month
- access to all Patron-only monthly instructional and practice videos (2 new videos released per month)  

- access to my personal work including personal practice, works in progress, sharing the creative process, and inspiration

- monthly online private lesson through Skype/FaceTime