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The Sensual Art of Bellydance: Beyond Basic Dance

 Unrated   VHS Tape
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Join Veena & Neena Bidasha for a wonderful introduction to the extraordinary benefits of Bellydance. They have practiced since childhood and traveled throughout the Middle East to develop, refine and perform their techniques. Veena & Neena have performed in film, television, theater, music videos and at the Academy Awards(r). Their amazing talent and delightful style will keep you captivated and totally motivated as you learn "The Sensual Art of Bellydance. To watch a bellydancer is to be held spellbound by her exotic beauty and movements. Each shimmy, graceful arm movement and beguiling stare is an expression of sensuality. Now, for the first time, you can be that dancer! The Sensual Art of Bellydance series teaches you authentic Egyptian Bellydance moves and fully choreographed dance routines. This program introduces the intermediate movements of Bellydancing. You will learn beyond basic moves that will enable you to perform a fully choreographed energetic dance routine. After a satisfying warm-up, you will receive step-by-step instructions from identical twins, Veena & Neena, on how to execute the upper and lower body movements associated with Bellydance. The elements are isolated and taught slowly, so you can learn each one's subleties. As you become more comfortable with the moves, you can develop speed and expression. Veena & Neena will teach you rib circles, hip drop-kicks and shimmies, traveling steps and full turns combined with graceful arm and shoulder moves. Now you are ready to integrate these movements into a fun and exciting choreographed dance routine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must-have... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH THE MONEY! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars great for out of class instruction Sept. 21 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful Dec 23 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I have all the bellytwins videos, from the workout to the dance tapes. I'm someone who hates aerobics, yet learning bellydance moves seems somehow natural, and it offers a bit of a challenge and a lot of fun. The dance videos are quite manageable, though some of the steps take work, but it wouldn't be fun if you learned everything right away. The beauty is in the process of learning an art form. Plus since dancing and working out to these tapes I feel great. More energy and the neck and back soreness I would wake up to a couple days a week virtually went away. I also am getting more flexible. The production quality on the twins' tapes is excellent and they dress in such a way that doesn't hinder your ability to watch and follow their moves. The workout videos don't always explain everything quite as well, but the more you do them the easier it gets. Sort of that little light bulb going off, 'Hey I can do that now where I couldn't at first' sort of thing. If I feel kind of drained and crabby I find dancing to one of the tapes works a thousand times better than a cup of coffee or a nap.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A WASTE OF MONEY
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.
Published on Sept. 2 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Great I loved it!
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... Read more
Published on July 22 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good workout and they can't teach dance
To begin with, you cannot get a good workout by doing this video. They stop and start so often that you never get going. Read more
Published on June 12 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars good beginner tape
this is pretty good if this was going to be your first instruction outside of classroom. Professional teaching is still far superior, but if your not planning on making it as a... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2002 by Lana
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Instruction
This was a great video the twins teach these moves with great detail.My only complaint about this video is that your're only learning one dance.
Published on Dec 7 2002 by Nia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sensual Art of Bellydance: Beyond Basic Dance
Excellent quality : the dancers, the instructions and the music.
Published on Sept. 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD
I just got this video and its Awesome!It teaches you how to dance like a professional belly dancer! It even shows you egyptian hand moves etc. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! Fun AND Challenging!
I did the Basic Dance tape about 7-8 times, and then went for the Beyond Basic Dance tape. Wow. :) I've done this one 3 times now, and am slowly getting the hang of it (managed to... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2001 by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS VIDEO!!
I have both this video and Basic Dance in my collection, along with Neena and Veena's Bellydance Fitness for Beginners: Basic Moves video. Read more
Published on June 30 2001
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