Bellydance Fitness Weight Loss: Hip Drop [Import]
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Hip Drop Hip Hop is a bellydance workout done to the driving, dance inspiring beats of Hip Hop. Rania takes you through this innovative Middle East meets West workout that fuses Hip Hop sounds with bellydance moves. As you learn actual bellydance combinations, your hips, arms, buns and tummy will thoroughly be toned and worked. You will isolate, move and work muscles you didn't know you had. Get your workout for the day as the Hip Hop music takes you away. See your weight drop as you Hip Drop!
Join certified aerobics instructor, Rania, a multi-award winning dancer, in this unique weight loss series. Ranias bellydance skill is truly remarkable and her dancing is beauty in motion. Rania has combined her vast dance background, her extensive aerobics training and her award winning bellydancing flair into this fun filled dance workout.
Top Customer Reviews
I am shy about trying to dance, so my own dance ability is sadly lacking. Where I can keeep up with Bellydance Fitness for Begninners by the twins & their Discover Bellydance, I can't with Raina. I can only a little because I tried the twins first. Though some of the moves are beautiful, and some are complex, the dancers looks too stiff. I want to be inspired by a dancer's grace, ease & enjoyment while doing it, but they are too rigid for me. The twins, though forced to constantly smile like everyone is by every director/cameraman, they do look like they are at least enjoying teaching & executing the moves.
I like doing dance workouts because I get a great workout AND I learn to loosen up, be more aware of my body, and more fluid in my movements in a fun way. Gyms are too boring for me, I feel like a mouse waiting for cheese on treadmills. This tape was too fustrating for me.
When I read through the reviews I noticed that most of the negative reviews came from people proclaiming to be belly dancers. I was a jazz dancer before becoming a fitness professional. There is a big difference between teaching dance for fitness than for teaching dance as an art form. When teaching for fitness, you have to use only the moves that are effective in terms of fitness, safe, and ones that target a range of muscles groups for a well-rounded workout. If you are expecting to learn to really dance, buy a dance instruction tape. If you want to work out safely and effectively using bellydance moves, this set is first class. Congratulations to Rania.
I confess the "Wings of Isis" performance was the sales clincher for me. My girls love to watch clips from this spectacular performance and the full dance didn't disappoint. Rania used "Isis Wings" props: two sunburst-pleated semi-circular veils attached to her arms and to wands she held in her hands to extend the "wings" outward. Her dance imitated the movements of real birds and was very exciting. The other performance piece was a raks sharqui number set to a commonly-used Egyptian pop tune to contrast with the American cabaret style used in the other dance. Rania is an incredible dancer and it's a real pleasure to watch her interpret the two different styles.
The stage for all the pieces is a set done up like the center court of a shopping mall or a talk show stage without the furniture. I guess it was supposed to be Reassuringly American but I found its studied blandness a trifle annoying. There are four backup dancers all with the same generic "American nymphette" bodies. I hated the practice outfits used for the main workout. Flat black looks good on some people including Rania; but three of the four backup dancers looked like they were about to keel over dead.Read more ›
At least two of the backup dancers are much better belly dancers than the star is, and her plastered-on smile started to get on my nerves. It would have been better to have her actually talk to the camera rather than use a voice over, because there's no connection between her and the viewer. The flying camera was annoying too. How am I supposed to follow what the dancers are doing when the camera angle keeps changing? It seemed like they paid for this fancy expensive camera and wanted to get their money's worth, regardless of whether it added to or detracted from the presentation.
The performance at the end was okay, but not great. It didn't involve much real belly dancing, and the violent head snap she did repeatedly looked dangerous. (And pretty silly, after the umpteenth time she did it.) You could seriously injure your neck trying to do that move. It bothered me that a "fitness" video featured a potentially damaging movement.
This is not the first "belly dance" video I've seen that came out of this production company, and unfortunately, the flaws in this video seem to be part of the whole series. They hire beautiful women who are good dancers but aren't the best *belly dancers*, and try to pass them off as superstars. I get the feeling that the people who put out these videos don't know anything about belly dancing, and don't care. They're just trying to cash in on the lastest craze.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought a combination video which had hip drop hip hop & Pure sweat. I didn't really mind the music or setting, but the video becomes boring quickly. Read morePublished on April 6 2004
I have quite a collection of bellydance videos, owning all of Rania's workouts, all but one of Veena and Neena's, and two of Dolphina's (Intro to Bellydance and Warrior Goddess). Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Christi
I chose one star because initially this video was fun to do. The reason why I bought it was because I thought it would be fun to bellydance to some modern music, and mix things up... Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by Faith A. Darling
I get tired of the same old exercise videos, so this is a great break. Having never tried bellydancing, even if the video is not reflective of bellydance--who cares when the... Read morePublished on March 1 2004
I bought this video hoping to learn something new to spice up my routines. It was not Hip Hop and not Belly Dancing. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003
I bought this set before I read the reviews here. I am a personal trainer/fitness instructor, and I thought these workouts were well written, well-produced, and well executed. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Niki
As an exercise tape this would be great to break the monotony of leg lifts and running in place. However, we got this for our dance group, thinking it would give us a dance... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003
This is a good video for beginners. It starts out with an introduction to the hip drop moves. Then the video moves into a routine which is completed through the entire video. Read morePublished on July 13 2003 by Shannon B.
This is a fun and quick (less than 30 minutes) way to workout. I felt benefits immediately ... not to mention, I went down a pant size. Read morePublished on May 21 2003
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