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Bellydance Fitness Weight Loss: Hip Drop [Import]

3.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 5 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00006II7F
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Product Description

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. Rania’s 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.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Debbie Byrd, I agree with you wholeheartedly with everything you wrote. The only things I can add is that during the whole workout, she stares like a student who just feel asleep, not knowing what to do next, who didn't do her homework & is hoping the teacher doens't call on her. She keeps looking left & right for cues constantly. To even follow, I have to make sure I don't look at her face or be turned to stone like Medusa.
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.
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By A Customer on Aug. 29 2003
Format: DVD
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. One of the most difficult things to do as an instructor is break down a new dance style without stopping the workout. Rania did an amazing job of starting techniques slowly, repeating them, layering them, then speeding them up to tempo. After watching the performances at the end, I realised why she left the more strenuous or potentially dangerous moves out of the fitness programs. I was really impressed with the whole set.
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.
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The case features Rania (pronounced "Ranya" -- am I the only one who catches myself calling her "Ranma"? :P ) in two costumes which aren't on the DVD. There's a lo-ong intro from the producers, but you can skip most of it by clicking straight to menu. Your choices are the main workout, a shorter upper body workout and two performance pieces. There's also a photo section and trailers for other bellydance videos the producers have made. There's no region code listed on either the case or the DVD, and I had no problem playing it on a "stripped" DVD player.
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.
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Don't get me wrong, Rania is gorgeous and has a killer body, but this workout is misbilled as "belly dance" or "hip hop." The music is more New Age-[...] than Middle Eastern, and it sure isn't hip hop. The "workout" is boring, and there are almost no instructions, so if you don't already know how to execute the moves, you won't learn.
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.
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