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Bellydance Fitness:Hip Drop

 Unrated   VHS Tape
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Hip Drop Hip Hop is a bellydance workout done to the driving, dance inspiring beats of Hip Hop. Rania takes you through this innovative Middle East meets West workout that fuses Hip Hop sounds with bellydance moves. As you learn actual bellydance combinations, your hips, arms, buns and tummy will thoroughly be toned and worked. You will isolate, move and work muscles you didn't know you had. Get your workout for the day as the Hip Hop music takes you away. See your weight drop as you Hip Drop!

Join certified aerobics instructor, Rania, a multi-award winning dancer, in this unique weight loss series. Rania’s bellydance skill is truly remarkable and her dancing is beauty in motion. Rania has combined her vast dance background, her extensive aerobics training and her award winning bellydancing flair into this fun filled dance workout.


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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst workout video I own March 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I chose one star because initially this video was fun to do. The reason why I bought it was because I thought it would be fun to bellydance to some modern music, and mix things up a little. My sisters and I have had a good deal of fun working out together to it, but then after a week or so....the music really sucks. It's pretty much just the same thing over and over and over....etc. Also, she sticks her chest out the whole time and affects ungraceful postures.
Her voice is nearly unbearable, but once you get used to it it's not so bad...if only her smile seemed genuine it might be a little more fun to watch. Her backround dancers are definitely better than she is, and Rania's dance routine at the end was so repetitive and forced that I've only watched it once all the way through. (For those of you familiar with Veena and Neena, you will understand it when I say that when THEY do routines, you can hardly tear your eyes away.)
I did enjoy learning the different steps, but I must tell you that it's not one that I find myself doing very often now. Just too annoying.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Agree Totally with Debbie Byrd Dec 2 2003
Format:DVD
Debbie Byrd, I agree with you wholeheartedly with everything you wrote. The only things I can add is that during the whole workout, she stares like a student who just feel asleep, not knowing what to do next, who didn't do her homework & is hoping the teacher doens't call on her. She keeps looking left & right for cues constantly. To even follow, I have to make sure I don't look at her face or be turned to stone like Medusa.
I am shy about trying to dance, so my own dance ability is sadly lacking. Where I can keeep up with Bellydance Fitness for Begninners by the twins & their Discover Bellydance, I can't with Raina. I can only a little because I tried the twins first. Though some of the moves are beautiful, and some are complex, the dancers looks too stiff. I want to be inspired by a dancer's grace, ease & enjoyment while doing it, but they are too rigid for me. The twins, though forced to constantly smile like everyone is by every director/cameraman, they do look like they are at least enjoying teaching & executing the moves.
I like doing dance workouts because I get a great workout AND I learn to loosen up, be more aware of my body, and more fluid in my movements in a fun way. Gyms are too boring for me, I feel like a mouse waiting for cheese on treadmills. This tape was too fustrating for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my perspective Aug. 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I bought this set before I read the reviews here. I am a personal trainer/fitness instructor, and I thought these workouts were well written, well-produced, and well executed. One of the most difficult things to do as an instructor is break down a new dance style without stopping the workout. Rania did an amazing job of starting techniques slowly, repeating them, layering them, then speeding them up to tempo. After watching the performances at the end, I realised why she left the more strenuous or potentially dangerous moves out of the fitness programs. I was really impressed with the whole set.
When I read through the reviews I noticed that most of the negative reviews came from people proclaiming to be belly dancers. I was a jazz dancer before becoming a fitness professional. There is a big difference between teaching dance for fitness than for teaching dance as an art form. When teaching for fitness, you have to use only the moves that are effective in terms of fitness, safe, and ones that target a range of muscles groups for a well-rounded workout. If you are expecting to learn to really dance, buy a dance instruction tape. If you want to work out safely and effectively using bellydance moves, this set is first class. Congratulations to Rania.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my perspective Aug. 29 2003
By Nikki
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this set before I read the reviews here. I am a personal trainer/fitness instructor, and I thought these workouts were well written, well-produced, and well executed. One of the most difficult things to do as an instructor is break down a new dance style without stopping the workout. Rania did an amazing job of starting techniques slowly, repeating them, layering them, then speeding them up to tempo. After watching the performances at the end, I realised why she left the more strenuous or potentially dangerous moves out of the fitness programs. I was really impressed with the whole set.
When I read through the reviews I noticed that most of the negative reviews came from people proclaiming to be belly dancers. I was a jazz dancer before becoming a fitness professional. There is a big difference between teaching dance for fitness than for teaching dance as an art form. When teaching for fitness, you have to use only the moves that are effective in terms of fitness, safe, and ones that target a range of muscles groups for a well-rounded workout. If you are expecting to learn to really dance, buy a dance instruction tape. If you want to work out safely and effectively using bellydance moves, this set is first class. Congratulations to Rania.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to learn from, good routine, but no "hiphop" July 13 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a good video for beginners. It starts out with an introduction to the hip drop moves. Then the video moves into a routine which is completed through the entire video. Each segment builds upon another segment unti you have a complete routine. I enjoyed having a complete dance at the end of the video. It moves slow enough and repeats each section enough times than anyone could master this dance, even on their first viewing. I enjoy the fact that it creatse a choreography, because it helps me put together my own dances. The Veena and Neena series, although excellent for learning, do not teach choreography.
The video had some problems, namely that the costuming, music, and setting were dull. It has the style of an aerobics video. However, this may make it more accessible to viewers coming from the aerobics world. It has none of the new-age commentary one finds in Dolphina's videos, and some count this as a benefit.
I must say that I was disappointed that there was no true hip hop music in this video. If real hiphop music was not going to be used, I would prefer to hear traditional Middle-Eastern music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars moves are nice yet not too much of a workout
I bought a combination video which had hip drop hip hop & Pure sweat. I didn't really mind the music or setting, but the video becomes boring quickly. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by "brassmunky"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bellydance, no - Bellydance WORKOUT? Absolutely.
I have quite a collection of bellydance videos, owning all of Rania's workouts, all but one of Veena and Neena's, and two of Dolphina's (Intro to Bellydance and Warrior Goddess). Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by Christi
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun
I get tired of the same old exercise videos, so this is a great break. Having never tried bellydancing, even if the video is not reflective of bellydance--who cares when the... Read more
Published on March 1 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Dancin in LA
I bought this video hoping to learn something new to spice up my routines. It was not Hip Hop and not Belly Dancing. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Weight loss yes, Bellydance NO
As an exercise tape this would be great to break the monotony of leg lifts and running in place. However, we got this for our dance group, thinking it would give us a dance... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Break Weight Loss Boredom
This is a fun and quick (less than 30 minutes) way to workout. I felt benefits immediately ... not to mention, I went down a pant size. Read more
Published on May 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars great new dance routine workout
I really enjoyed this video, especially after being disappointed by the Belly Twins. Rania taught many bellydance steps and put them together in to a routine. Read more
Published on May 19 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend this...
I'll give this two stars for a few reasons. The set is nice; the music and voiceover aren't bad; the camera work is fine. Rania does a nice job of explaining how to do the steps. Read more
Published on April 28 2003
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