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Bellydance Fitness:Hip Drop


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Video Service Corp.
  • VHS Release Date: July 16 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006II7F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,456 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Format: VHS Tape
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. Not only that, but it does not offer a challenging workout. ( I'm not overweight, yet not fit ) If you are overweight though, the video isn't too hard to do(rewind button for a few moves) and it little by little teaches you a nice dance at the end of the workout. If your somewhat fit, save your money and buy something else, I personally like billy blanks tae bo videos, they'll make you sweat! :o)
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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). I must say, as much as I practice each one of them, this one never seems to get old; I could do it everyday. Granted it's not traditional, flowing, bellydance, it's fun 100%. Besides, to any of those complaining about this workout being too rigid, consider this - you bought a Bellydance FITNESS DVD, not a Learn to Bellydance video.
And fitness you cetainly get: great warmup, awesome routine that leaves room for your own attitude to come through, and soothing cooldown. If nothing else, buy it for Rania's performance at the end - very powerful!
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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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By A Customer on March 1 2004
Format: DVD
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 purpose of the video is to exercise!
Although they could show more of the actual leg movements and quit focusing on Rania's pasted on smile, the routine is easy to learn and a great break from everday workout videos. And most importantly, the 30 minutes goes extremely fast!
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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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By A Customer on Nov. 30 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this video hoping to learn something new to spice up my routines. It was not Hip Hop and not Belly Dancing. I thought Rania's entrance and intro were very phoney as well as when she tried to force a smile. The routine and music were dull and boring. Her moves were stiff and not did not have the fluidity of an experienced dancer. I think the beginners may enjoy it because they don't know better- yet. However, I feel that Rania has a lot of learning to do to transform from an aerobics instructor to a seasoned belly dancer. She is trying to hard to fast. With all these videos of hers flooding the market so quickly, I can't help but think that someone is more interested in cashing in on the craze than in helping students learn this beautiful, sensual dance. The best way to learn is to find a really good class where you can get first hand experience. Learn the basics really well and then you can supplement with the videos.
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2003
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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