Bellydance Divas [Import]
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Bellydance is over five thousand years old, with roots extending out through many of the ancient cultures: India, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Persia, and the mid-East. These dances have origin in ritual/tribal dances, temple dances, social dances, exercises to prepare women for childbirth, and dances of victory. Throughout the many countries, cities, towns and villages that have the dance as part of their culture, one can see stylistic nuances in both the dance and costuming that mark the style of that region. This why we chose to present you with several different styles of bellydance in this program: Egyptian Dance, Traditional Cabaret Style, Persian Dance, and Persian Banderi Dance. We have additionally added some modern versions of the dance, which are non-traditional, yet quite popular. Bellydance movements are natural to a women's muscle and skeletal structure, and even the leg and foot movements are predominantly low-impact. Many people believe that this dance is the first and purest form of dance, since it naturally evolved with civilization, and can be performed by anyone, regardless of their age or body type. This is also why bellydance is so popular as an exercise form. Many of the movements involve isolating different areas of the body, and moving them sinuously in opposition to each other. Other important qualities of bellydance movement involve percussive hip accents, and fast, vibrating movements called Shimmies.
Top Customer Reviews
Louchia: One of my favorites, unfortunately she only performs twice in this dvd which is a shame because she's such a wonderful dancer. Her interpretation of the Persian dances are very beautiful and full of life, I really enjoyed them.
Rania: Well, I think she's very beautiful, an amazing fitness instructor and businesswoman, but her dancing technique is just... in my personal opinion, not there. She just doesn't flow with the music, her music interpretation is just not strong at all. But I guess beauty and knowing the right people is something she seems to have on her side. This dvd features several of her performances.
Sohaila: Amazing dancer, my favorite!. She can flow with the music like if they were one, she doesn't overdo the movements but she doesn't minimizes them either, classic Egyptian style at its best, excellent music interpretation combined with her beauty and gorgeous costumes led her to amazing perfomances. It is a shame she doesn't get the recognition she deserves.
Marina: Very flexible and talented, good music interpretation, but sometimes bit too dramatic. I think sometimes she over-emphasizes the dance movements to the point they just don't look natural, she also spends too much time playing with her hair, distracting if you ask me. Her drum solo was fun to watch, but she seems to lose a bit of control here and there. All in all, she's a decent dancer.
I'm glad to see that we at least get a break from Jillina (a highly skilled dancer), and Ansuya (an overhyped dancer with no rhythm/talent whatsoever) and got Sohaila, Louchia and Marina instead. I personally think this could have been a better dvd if the amazing and talented Aziza (from Portland, OR) was also featured in it.
Had I known this in advance, I would have passed on this purchase. As an owner of other bellydance videos, I was VERY disappointed to discover that the long awaited and much hyped DVD I'd just purchased was merely a recycling of material I already owned in bonus sections of previously released DVDs. If you don't own other bellydance videos this fact may not matter to you at all. I just thought I'd post this note as a "public service" to keep anyone else who collects bellydance videos from wasting their money like I did.
What I liked:
- Sohaila - She has an elegant, mature style, sweet facial expressions, and a classical "ear" for the music. I'm going to steal some of her combinations. However, I watched the entire DVD in one sitting (and it's LONG), and I found myself getting tired of her. There's just wasn't a lot of variety in her performances. If I watched one at a time, or saw her perform a single routine in person, I would have been much more impressed.
- Louchia - It was really neat to see Persian dancing. I, myself, wouldn't consider it belly dance (although I'm sure some will disagree with me), but it's good to be exposed to other dance styles from the region.
- The variety of costumes. There was huge variation in styles, and I got lots of ideas.
- The variety of dance styles. While I didn't like every performance (I'll go into why later), few videos try to give an overview like this one does.
- the DVD options were nice: you can watch all the performances in order, or all of one dancer's pieces. It would have been nice to be able to choose each piece individually, but it's not that difficult to scroll forward by chapter within each dancer's section.
What I didn't like:
- the constant sucking up to the Egyptian style. Yes, Egyptian style is very elegant and nice, but the commentary left me feeling like I shouldn't consider all other styles as lesser, as if they're not "real" belly dance. I also didn't like that they referred to American style or American cabaret style as "the traditional style".
- Rania - her technique is good, but I just can't stand her style. I found myself getting offended by her nearly-constant "sultry face".Read more ›
What I liked:
-All Rania's performances, every bit of them. She is authentic, highly skilled, and diverse.
-Louchia's Persian dance. Nice dancing, costumes, etc.
-Louchia, Rania, and Sohaila understand that facial expression is part of the interpretation of the dance. Bravo.
-Marina's veil dance in the beginning of the video. I was not crazy about the other Marina dances, but her veil dance was soulful and captivating.
-The music was awesome. Authentic and diverse, like the dancing.
What I did not like:
The camera moved around alot, but not enough to stop me from enjoying this video.
Most recent customer reviews
I adored watching two of the bellydance Divas.....Rania and Marina. Rania is an extremely talented performer, and Marina, who is also talented, has a fabulous energy about her, I... Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Donna Angelillo
This performance video was ok. Some of the performances were boring and no creative. The faces of some of the dancers were scary sometime (Rania and Marina). Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Maura Williams
This video is not a very good example of true Raqs Sharqi. I did not like any of the styles of the dancers. They all lack the refinement needed to be true performers. Read morePublished on March 28 2004
I hold a Masters Degree in Dance, and I loved every performance on this video. The cultural interpretations, music and costumes were right-on (except for perhaps Marina's cane... Read morePublished on March 12 2004
This video is a waiste of money. Rania performace ,although technically ok. she definately needs to work on stage presence. I didnt like her blank stare, it just annoyed me. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by A. baradar
I have this and a few of Rainia's videos. To be honest, I don't really look at them that much. What I enjoyed most about the video was the sound track. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004
He did a great job filming their foreheads, breasts and the surrounding walls. He wasn't aware though that belly dance is about hips. He wasted a pretty good matterial otherwise. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004
It's not about the dancers, the dancers are great! They dance very beautiful. It's about the camera man/women, who dindn't know that bellydance is about HIPS, and not about the... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004
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