The Sensual Art of Bellydance: Beyond Basic Dance [Import]
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From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on July 22 2003
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 morePublished on June 12 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 30 2002 by Lana
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 26 2002
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 morePublished on Aug. 31 2001 by Heather
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