It’s always a good time to work on dance technique and learn fresh moves from a new instructor.
No matter the skill level, these great DVDs from IAMED are sure to help strengthen technique and build vocabulary.
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Drum Solo with Sadie
The drum solo is one of the most exciting portions of the belly dance performance – it’s when the dancer can really show off her stuff! The drum solo showcases the belly dancer’s technique and how creatively she can interpret the music. On this DVD, Sadie teaches a challenging drum solo that is sure to impress!
Sadie demonstrates drum sounds and how they are made. She explains how each drum sound tells you what kind of movement to use in performing the drum solo.
Technique and Combinations
Sadie teaches the combinations used in the drum solo, completely demonstrating and breaking down the technique of each movement. You’ll be able to use the drum solo combinations in your own drum solo choreographies or improvisations, as well as Sadie’s Drum Solo.
Drum Solo Choreography
Sadie strings together the combinations to teach the complete drum solo choreography, with repeated demonstrations and full explanations.
The DVD concludes with two hot performances by Sadie: the drum solo taught in this program, and a drum solo to live drumming by Amir Sofi!
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Drum Solo with Jillina
Winner of Giza’s Best Instructional Video award for 2001
Whether you are a professional belly dancer or an enthusiastic beginner, this video will help you add fire to your drum solos. It is divided into easily identifiable sections, so you can use the rewind button to concentrate on what you want to – be it technique or choreography.
Drum Solo Philosophy
Jillina shares her understanding of drum solos and tips on how to integrate a drum solo into your performance for a rousing finale.
Jillina demonstrates exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles used in belly dancing. Use these exercises in your regular warm-up to add power, flexibility, and refinement to your dancing.
Jillina breaks down the moves that are used in the Drum Solo Choreography, including identifying weight changes and which muscles are used for each move.
Jillina teaches the complete choreography by linking together combinations with repeated demonstrations and detailed breakdowns. She shows you how to add attitude to make it come alive.
Featuring a live nightclub performance by Jillina including the Drum Solo.
Veil with Aziza
When people think Belly Dancer, they think Veils! Veils that float, spin, and hide then reveal the dancer ~ veils can add magic and loft to your performance. Let AZIZA show you how to make a veil more than a prop; with Aziza, your veil becomes your dance partner!
Introductions and Concepts for Veil Dancing
Aziza introduces rhythms that lend themselves to veil dancing and discusses how to match your movements to the music. Aziza explains how the fabric type, size, and shape of your veil will affect how it moves and shows how to dance with different kinds of veils. Aziza demonstrates how to make your veil your partner when you dance, using concepts such as your veil is extension of your body, catching air, invisible shield, and “keeping your pencil on the paper.”
Technique and Combinations
Aziza teaches many veil movements, clearly explaining and demonstrating the technique required to make your veil behave beautifully. She shows you how to use hand positions, arm patterns, weight changes, and body alignment to get your veil to do what you want it to do, and how to use the air and the space around you to get the most out of your veil.
Among the many veil movements Aziza teaches are: ~ Scoop & Pivot ~ Roman Cape ~ Sharita ~ Flourish ~ Angel Wings ~ Juggle the Veil ~ and more!
Aziza also teaches variations to each movement, and combinations made up of the movements.
Warm Up and Cool Down with Aziza!
Aziza starts her instruction by leading you through a warm-up especially designed to prepare you to dance with a veil, and ends with a cool-down to relax the muscles you use in veil dancing.
And finally, a beautiful performance starring Aziza and her veil!
Smooth as Silk ~ Veil with Katia
Silk! It floats, it ripples, it moves like nothing else. A silk veil can be flowing and lyrical, or somber and mysterious. It can be playful, even percussive! In the hands of an artist, a silk veil is more than fabric; it comes alive and dances ~ and no one can make silk dance like Katia can!
On this DVD Katia shares her secrets for dancing with a large silk veil. Katia starts by demonstrating how to hold the veil to get the best effect. Then she’ll show you how to let air and fabric do the work to make your silk veil Float, Flutter, Soar, Billow, and Swell. You’ll learn to create beautiful Butterfly Wings and the secret of Aerial, Opposition and Dragging Pulses.
Katia fully breaks down the techniques to execute expert Veil Flips, including the Phoenix, the Orchid, the Funnel, the Geyser, and the Grecian Urn. You’ll learn both horizontal and vertical Waves, including Surge, Swing, Sidewinder, the Cloud, In the Waves, Venus, and the Jazz Walk.
Your veil doesn’t have to be spread out and flowing! Katia shows you how to have Twisted Fun with the Cyclone, Loop-de-loops, and Spirals! You’ll learn how to let your veil go with style, using Discards such as Wave Walks, Outburst, Melt Down, and the Sky Scraper. Katia will also show you some Twisted Discards including the Whip, the Hoop, and the Crazy Eight!
This program also includes a SMOOTH AS SILK performance by Katia and her veil!
Finger Cymbals with Ansuya
Playing finger cymbals (which are also known as zills) is an integral part of the cabaret belly dance performance. In this video, Ansuya teaches you how to play finger cymbals to add musical energy and excitement to your belly dance!
Demonstration & Technique:
Ansuya breaks down each zill pattern into easy-to-follow steps. You will learn specific technique, then pick up the speed as you follow along with the music.
Movements with Finger Cymbals:
Ansuya teaches you basic belly dance movements that go with each zill pattern, then adds the zills to each of these movements. Moving and dancing with zills, in addition to proper technique, is an important part of learning to play your finger cymbals.
Join Ansuya in a practice session playing your finger cymbals. This unique “zill drill” will help you become proficient in playing each zill pattern while dancing, and also teaches transitions from one move and pattern to another.
Ansuya gives a costumed performance, which demonstrates how playing finger cymbals in your dance enhances the very essence of your performance, and brings another dimension of expression to this art form.
Advanced Finger Cymbals
Whether your style is American, Turkish or Tribal, you’ll want to do more with your finger cymbals than play right-left-right. In this DVD, Ansuya will help you take your zilling to a new levels!
Demonstration & Dancing:
Ansuya breaks down each zill pattern with easy-to-follow demonstrations and explanations. You will learn specific technique, and then pick up the speed as you follow along with the music. And, of course you can‚t just stand there, so each zill pattern is accompanied by movements that fit the pattern, so you can perfect your playing while you dance.
Join Ansuya in a practice session”zill drill” to master each pattern and perfect your transitioning from one zill pattern and its movements to another. You’ll learn 6/8, 9/8, Masmoudi Kabir (8/4), Ayoub, and Beledi (4/4) patterns, and using Singles for accents.
Spicing it up:
Ansuya shows you how to introduce variations in to your zill patterns, including varying the sounds your zills make. Then she’ll lead you through blending rhythms and improvising to have fun and add your own interpretation to the music.
Ansuya performs using her finger cymbals to add musical energy and excitement to her dance!
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