Belly Dance Party, with Neon - Bellydance for Party & Club
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Hot belly dance combinations for club and party dancing. First dance instruction DVD to offer concurrent head-on and from-the-back images of the instructor during practice. Cool, sexy dance combinations can be learned separately or as a club-ready belly dance routine that is also a graceful aerobic workout. Take 10 lessons step-by-step, or just follow Neon in full-length practice sessions: choose from 3 tempos! Animated graphic rendering of dance moves helps you understand the steps, and explains how to teach them to your friends at a party. If you are not yet familiar with belly dance, this program will introduce you to the belly dance vocabulary. It is also a great mini exercise routine. Belly dance will increase the flexibility of your body and enhance your natural grace in movement both on and off the dancefloor. Try it and see for yourself: Belly dance is a whole aesthetic system that can change your life in most amazing ways. Planning a party with bellydancing? First learn a few of these combinations - the ones you like best - with a couple of your friends. Then perform them at the party and teach the whole gang. Hold a belly dancing contest. It's OK if you win because, hey: It's your party!
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The DVD is divided into ten different mini-routines, which can be quickly learned by beginners (there are some intermediate movements, but they can be easily substituted). There is also a practice section, where you get to dance along with Neon as she goes through each mini-routine, at three different paces. This is a DVD that won't get dusty on your shelf!
Neon's teaching style is also very explicit and easy to follow. She mentions both the way to properly execute the move, and also which muscles to focus for maximum effect. The production is wonderful here! The lighting is clear and bright, and handy diagrams are placed over each move to show direction! Fabulous!
Neon is also one of the most fluid dancers I have seen in some time, and there is a lovely section where you can sit back watch her dance with a balanced tray of flowers. I didn't even mind the swirly background, it seemed to work somehow--I'm sure this is a credit to the editing.
Neon gives us 10 combinations to learn, which we can learn individually or sequentially, and the choreography is well balanced and uses the entire body, so that no single part gets overly tired, unlike some belly dance instruction DVDs I have tried by other teachers. One can learn these combinations alone or in a group, and they can also be a marvelous body workout. The total time for this instruction is approximately 63 minutes.
The Practice: There are 3 speeds one can practice the combinations in, and in this section, Neon dances with us facing front as well as back, which is very helpful. This section runs in a loop, so you can practice for as long as you like without needing the remote control to replay it.
Extras: "Welcome," where Neon talks about the combinations, the various ways you can learn them, and what belly dancing can do for your life, by increasing your coordination, and much more. "The Arrival," where Neon shows her artistry in a number where she dances with a tray of lit candles on her head. Her body control and liquid movements in this piece are amazing, and to see more of Neon in this type of dance, watch her "Stellar Body" DVD.
There are many reasons to try belly dancing; it is fun, and it's great exercise. It is also remarkably adaptable: One can do it in anything from jeans and a T, to one of those sparkly, sensual costumes the pros use, and also barefoot, or in high heels. It takes very little room to do, so if you're in a small apartment, you won't have to move all the furniture to practice your movements, and it will also work with any type of music that has a steady beat. A really nice thing is that belly dancing looks good on those of us who have more than 2% body fat, and is a terrific form of exercise that plus size gals can shine in.
While her target audience is clearly the club set, I don't think even the most authentic dancer in the world could fault Neon's technique. Moreover, I think if they got over the clubby packaging, many dancers might actually learn a few fun and funky combinations. They work well for the standard american 4/4 beat, but can easily be adjusted to more traditional music. If you're having a hafla, what could be more fun for dancers not in the spotlight to do a few of these combos?
Many dancers are overly antsy about the reputation of bellydance. For far too long it's been associated with sleaze and striptease. I understand where that's coming from. But none of Neon's moves are sleazy or stripperish. I think there's enough room in the belly dance lexicon to loosen up and let a few non-hardcore students in. I can't think of a better way to win new dancers over to the art form than giving them a user-friendly package they can wow their friends with in the clubs. It's cute, it's harmless, and it's undeniably FUN!
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