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The Sensual Art of Bellydance: Beyond Basic Dance


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Video Service Corp.
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 1 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055ZGM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,299 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Flowers on Jan. 3 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This video is a sleek, professionally-shot production in a lush setting reminescent of a Sultan's palace...thick carpeting underfoot, velvet cushions in indolent disarray, the warm glow of candles, richly appointed drapes flowing to the floor, artfully arranged potted palms, and a matching set of beautiful dancing girls sets the mood.
I thoroughly enjoyed simply WATCHING this video-the voice-over was less distracting than when an instructor talks as she teaches, and the camera shots glide smoothly from front, side angles to zoom-in and pan-out. The outfits worn by Veena and Neena are attractive (midriff tanks, leggings and hipscarves) and allow a good view of how the legs, arms, torso and hips should be moving.
In both the warm-up segment and the dance segment the moves are carefully explained and demonstrated. (I did not agree with two particular techniques...hip shimmies are shown with straight legs, with the knees bouncing forward and back. This can cause damage to the knees over time. I prefer shimmies to be taught in a bent knee posture, which protects these extremely vulnerable joints. Secondly...single hiplifts and drops are demonstrated on the tips of the toes. This is immensely difficult for a beginner dancer-and for many experienced ones! I teach this on the ball of the foot, which makes it easier to maintain balance, and cuts down on cramping in the arch).
The twins show a nice, simple choreography which utilizes the movements taught in the video...once in the workout clothes with a pretty chiffon skirt added, then again in vintage-style full costume!
I REALLY liked this video-the quality was impressive and the price reasonable. (The twin's physiques inspired me to diet)! I recommend this as a practice video, or as an instructional tape for a dancer without an instructor in her area.
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By A Customer on Sept. 2 2005
Format: DVD
This is a very bad DVD. Don't waste your money. The only good thing about it is the additional performances. Otherwise, it won't teach you how to bellydance.
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By CS on Jan. 20 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Have you always wanted to learn Belly dance but have no instructors in your area? Too shy to try it in front of others? Or just need a fast & fun way to get in shape? Buy this tape! Veena & Neena are beautiful to watch and show the movements slowly and very, very clearly! You begin learning warm ups, hand movements, stomach movements, lower body movements, and last but not least - the dance.
This video is simple enough for someone who has never danced before to follow but challenging enough so that if you have been dancing, there are new things to learn. I would actually give this tape to a beginner rather than an intermediate level student.. If you have studied Hawaiian or even Tahitian dance.. you already would know 1/2 of what they teach here (with slight variations on hand positions).. The girls dance and you watch and the instructor explains their every movement and how to make it.. and even encourages you the whole way through.
If you have never danced before.. this tape is just what you need.. but please be aware that you will need to rewind this a few times to get your steps down.. and it will take LOTS of practice to move like the girls on the video. If you are buying this for fitness, practice the stomach moves over and over again. Your abs will tighten up in no time however, if you are wanting to lose weight, you will need to diet as well.
If you have weak knees or bad ankles, make SURE you check with your doctors because there are a lot of movements on these parts of your body. If you have had a back injury or suffer from stiff lower back and/or pelvis.. this tape will help you loosen them up!
Overall this is probably the best tape you could give to a beginner for either learning belly dance or for dieting!
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By A Customer on Sept. 21 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I enjoyed this video soley because of the exellent lighting, production and colorful backdrop of the set (artfully placed palms, pillows, veils) as well as the end-segment costumes they wore. This video (and the other bellytwins videos) are great for those who have not had much experience or classes in a studio. Since I have been dancing on and off for a few years, I personally found the instruction and routine to be 'beginnerish', but some might find it useful as a 'review'. Since the set was so beautifully decorated, I found myself looking at the decor more than watching the twins teaching, and I got a lot of decorating ideas for planning a hafla. I'm personally looking for a video which employs more of the fluid movements of the arms and step combinations associated with professional bellydancing but on this video, most of the arm movements are very posed and still and the routine doesn't use very much step combination. I rated the video with five stars because the content is excellent for the audience it is geared towards.
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By A Customer on July 22 2003
Format: DVD
We use this video in the belly dancing class that i am in and it is so easy to follow. Plus i work out 5 days a week and i was SORE the next day after doing this for the first time...It was great. I will definatley buy more neena and veena videos!
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By A Customer on June 12 2003
Format: DVD
To begin with, you cannot get a good workout by doing this video. They stop and start so often that you never get going.
Secondly, doing the "dance" at the end is extemely difficult. They teach you all the components of the dance routine seperately first and then expect you to put them together in an instant to do the full dance. Not gonna happen.
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