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Bellydance for Beginners: Basic Moves [Import]

4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 16 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00002AFWT
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Product Description

"Belly dancing provides us with a way to stay healthy and fit, and a way to stay relaxed and open," say professional belly dancers Veena and Neena Bidasha. They start by teaching the isolations that they'll incorporate into dance movements later: moving the head from side to side on an imaginary line as if separated from the neck, "snake arms" that seem to float in the air, "shoulder punches" (as if your shoulders have fists) that turn into shimmies when speeded up, "rib slides" (using your torso muscles to push your ribs from side to side), and a variety of hip moves. Then you put it all together and voilà--you're belly dancing! After too short a dance, you get down on the floor for stretching.

Of the four tapes in this series, this one will make you feel the most like a belly dancer. It's not really an exercise routine as much as a 30-minute class of basic belly-dancing moves, though your abs and hips will certainly get a workout from all that rib-pushing and hip-rolling action. --Joan Price

From the Back Cover

Welcome to the World of Bellydance Workout!

This ancient form of artistic movement has been practiced for thousands of years and remains exceptionally popular throughout the world. Once performed as entertainment for royalty and common people alike, these beautiful movements evolved with strong links to womanhood, sensuality, and even fertility. But Bellydance is also one of the safest, simplest, and most effective ways to achieve lasting fitness.

Join Veena & Neena Bidasha for a wonderful introduction to the extraordinary benefits of Bellydance. They have practiced Bellydance since childhood and traveled throughout the Middle East and India to perform and develop their techniques. They teach popular classes for a wide variety of folk dances from around the world and have performed in film, television, theater, music videos, and even during the Academy Awards. Their amazing talent and delightful style will keep you captivated and totally motivated.

In this production, you will learn the basic moves needed to use bellydance for fitness. The program is easy to learn, will thoroughly exercise your body--from head to toes, but is low impact, relaxing, sensually stimulating, and fun. You will also find that the Bellydance Basic Moves are a delightful way to express yourself, fully and joyfully. Combined with the Middle Eastern rhythms of the original soundtrack, you will find Bellydance Fitness the most pleasurable workout you have ever experienced.

Customer Reviews

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The first one is low-impact and low-sweat (for someone who is not completely out of shape like I am, no-sweat). It's fun and sensual, and although some moves are tricky and you may have to view them in slow motion to get them fully (but I am phenomenally uncoordinated, so it might be easier if you're normal:)). The next morning, your biceps will be sore. Your obliques (the side abs) might also be. During the workout, you'll also feel your outer thighs, abs, front of thighs, shoudlers and glutes.
The second workout contains a lot of JUMPING. Quite high-impact When you do it, you sweat and you jiggle all over. However, it gets your heart rate nice and high and it gives your calves a killer workout. Your biceps will be sore the next day too.
For both workouts, the instruction and the demonstration are fine, although some parts of Neena and Veena's bodies do get cut off sometimes. The instruction, however, is clear, and you get the option to turn it off once you know what you're doing. Their outfits let you see EXACTLY what they are doing. I found their bright smiles slightly annoying (but then, for the most part, you don't have to look at their heads so it's not important). By contrast, you DO have to look at their midsection quite a lot, and I found the fact that it's not completely flat and firm comforting (doesn't make me feel like a fat sow by comparison) and helpful (it's easier to figure moves out if the presenter's body is sort of like yours because then you know exactly what should be moving/jiggling and what shouldn't be).
I didn't like the fact that if I chose the Neena and Veena commentary option for audio, there wasn't any music to accompany it. The commentary itself was interesting though.
Finally, the extra dance footage is varied and gives us beginners something to strive for. Also, Neena and Veena's little entrance dance gives us something more ACHIEVABLE to strive for.:)
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I love the beginning workout on this CD. It reminds me a lot of Tai Chi--but with music and some prettier moves. I bought this DVD to have a short and easy workout to alternate with an easy Tai Chi workout. I can almost do this workout and will be able to do it soon. It covers all sections of my body, but is not so strenuous that I will damage myself. Veena and Neena are experienced instructors and they make the workout fun, relaxing and thorough. I have not done the fat burning portion yet--I will save it for when I can do the basic moves easily and want to step up the action. It looks like there is a more advanced set of DVDs that is available if I ever get really smooth and want to move it up more.
This is a very professionally done DVD with attention to scene and background selection, good sound, selection of music and costuming as well as sound method.
Many films of this nature often leave a lot to be desired--but this one is professionally laid out and I will enjoy it for years.
I will probably buy the more advanced three set if I put in enough time to get smooth on this beginning tape.:)
I am too old to want to bellydance in a public class, but this is really fun and inspiring to try this in my own home. :)
Mary Z. Cox
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Fat Burning (25 mins) really zaps your calves. There is a lot of hopping, which you can make easier just by stepping through the moves, or by slowing down. It is challenging--even at 25 minutes. My calves ache for 2-3 days after completing it. The time does goes by quickly, and the warmup and cooldown are enjoyable.
The other segment, Basic Moves (30 minutes) would not be a challenging workout for most. The most difficult part that I found was in keeping my arms raised for extended periods. You will get some upper-body toning due to the "shoulder punches," shimmies, and by keeping your arms raised. The moves learned in don't really transfer to the Fat Burning workout, either.
Basic Moves, as many reviewers commented, is a terrific workout for exercise initiates ... but, if that's the case, new exercisers would have no use for the Fat Burning segment, which is quite challenging. This is an interesting video (my first bellydance workout video), but only one routine will actually work you out.
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I recently rented this video because I wasn't sure if I wanted to actually buy it. I have a bad lower back due to a work injury, so I was asking around for something low-impact. Well, this is it! I haven't had to quit because my back was hurting too much to continue. That's great! I've only done the Basic Moves part so far and I've only done it 3 times. I like the way the exercises move down your body, and no part is worked out too much. I also really like the music. The best part is I can already tell that my muscles are toning up. Everyone I know has commented "have you lost weight? Are you working out?"
I'll be the first to admit I usually don't do the whole workout video thing. Mostly because they're boring, not fun, they hurt too much, etc. The production value is not as good as I would have liked. The narration threw me off the first time I did it, but after that I just ignored it. Unfortunately, tuning the narrator out is almost essential.
Other than those two complaints, I'm extremely impressed with this DVD and will be buying it once I have the money.
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