"Belly Dance Party" is a fantastic way to learn the basics of belly dancing, with Neon giving precise and clear instruction, as she demonstrates in this well produced DVD. She stands before a completely black background, so one can perfectly see every move, and one is also aided by the occasional graphic in the form of circles and arrows. Neon is an exquisite dancer, with a sculpted figure, incredible grace, and a technique that is a marvel. Born in Moscow, Neon speaks with a softly Russian accented English, and has a very pleasing voice, which adds to the overall enjoyment of learning to belly dance with this DVD.
Neon gives us 10 combinations to learn, which we can learn individually or sequentially, and the choreography is well balanced and uses the entire body, so that no single part gets overly tired, unlike some belly dance instruction DVDs I have tried by other teachers. One can learn these combinations alone or in a group, and they can also be a marvelous body workout. The total time for this instruction is approximately 63 minutes.
The Practice: There are 3 speeds one can practice the combinations in, and in this section, Neon dances with us facing front as well as back, which is very helpful. This section runs in a loop, so you can practice for as long as you like without needing the remote control to replay it.
Extras: "Welcome," where Neon talks about the combinations, the various ways you can learn them, and what belly dancing can do for your life, by increasing your coordination, and much more. "The Arrival," where Neon shows her artistry in a number where she dances with a tray of lit candles on her head. Her body control and liquid movements in this piece are amazing, and to see more of Neon in this type of dance, watch her "Stellar Body" DVD.
There are many reasons to try belly dancing; it is fun, and it's great exercise. It is also remarkably adaptable: One can do it in anything from jeans and a T, to one of those sparkly, sensual costumes the pros use, and also barefoot, or in high heels. It takes very little room to do, so if you're in a small apartment, you won't have to move all the furniture to practice your movements, and it will also work with any type of music that has a steady beat. A really nice thing is that belly dancing looks good on those of us who have more than 2% body fat, and is a terrific form of exercise that plus size gals can shine in.