Instructional Bellydance With Jillina, Level 1 [Import]
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This DVD is broken down into 5 segments:
1. Stretching-a brief stretch of a few major muscle groups. Jillina does recommend a good warm-up of at least 20 minutes prior to stretching and dancing.
2. Technique-an introduction into each of the individual moves with an excellent breakdown of each movement. Each move is only repeated a few times, so you may want to rewind and repeat if you feel you need more time to absorb the movement.
3. Combinations-This section along with the next section is what really makes the DVD work it's weight in gold! Jillina take the individual movements from the Technique section and combines them into short sequences. She walks you through each step and breaks it down without music. After each breakdown section, she includes a segment with music in which you can repeat the combination a number of times (of course, with her vocal instructions included!). The music here is a little bit more pop Arabic music (Hakim, Warda, etc.) rather than more traditional belly dance music, but it is upbeat and fun to dance to.
4. Choreography-This section takes each of the combinations, with a few variations, and combines them into a choreographed dance! Each combination is reviewed with the additional variations.Read more ›
Last but not least, Jillina has a lovely figure, with well defined hips - not that a woman with a straight up and down body couldn't belly dance, of course - but hips do help. I personally have wide hips - but her well proportioned body didn't upset me (grin) as I don't buy bellydance videos to give me affirmation....... how sad for those who do.....
Amazon needs to do some policing of reviews. The amount of bitchy reviews I read on this site are something else. They do seem to home in on the bellydance videos - so I suppose it could be some kind of reverse marketing. We have all read the stories about authors reviewing their own books, and roping in friends to add more reviews. The opposite is obviously also happening. What people who write racist and virulent reviews don't realise is that the majority of people who frequent this site are intelligent - otherwise they wouldn't be able to get their brains round the net! Intelligent people recognise personalised attacks for what they are. I take note of reviews that advise of bad production values and so on, but anything that criticises a dancer because she is the wrong race to bellydance would actually push me to buy it. The one video I have by someone who I suppose would be the "right" race is incomprehensible.Read more ›
I can't wait to get the next two tapes!
She is so graceful! All of the moves are well done and she explains each one so it is very easy to understand. A superb DVD for those who have a background in belly dancing.
A beginner would probably benefit more from a video that focuses on the basic moves alone. I wished that there were more chapters so that I could skip back to re-practice certain moves.
Overall, this is a great and challenging DVD. You get to learn a choreographed dance, Alf Leyla We Leyla, a fun and upbeat routine. It's difficult at first, but as you learn the moves through repetition, it gets much easier and very fun. Her professional performance of Alf Leyla We Leyla at the end is very inspiring and makes you want to practice it even more!
Most recent customer reviews
I do enjoy this DVD. For someone who has never done belly dancing before it sure is fun. It will take me a couple of tries to get the routine down but I think she teaches really... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2008 by Tay
Could somebody say me if the DVD's of Jillina (Instructional Bellydance With Jillina, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3) are only in English? Read morePublished on July 16 2007 by vanessa
I thoroughly enjoyed this as an instructional guide and as entertainment. The performance section was a treat with three numbers and a chance to see the completed coreography in... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2005 by shareenadancer
I'm a beginner of belly dance. way she teaches so eash to follow and so helpful.Published on April 21 2005
Jillinas instructional videos are one of the best I own. She is an amazing dancer and a great teacher! I look forward to her putting more out! Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2005 by C. Miller
All I have to say is that ALL of Jillina's DVD's are awesome!
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I am a huge fan of Jillina so I knew that I would not be dissappointed with my purchase...and I was right. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
I've loved Jillina's style since I first saw her so I was very excited when this affordable set of DVDs came out. Read morePublished on June 15 2004