Building Belly Dance
Building a strong foundation is the surest way to advance with any artform. IAMED offers the most comprehensive instructional DVDs for every level of dancer, and our instructors are the best in the world. Your customers will learn the most essential elements of belly dance using the proper technique while embracing the spirit of belly dance.
Here are just a few of the must-have DVDs for every belly dancer’s video library:
Arabic Rhythms & Combinations with Tamra-henna
Rhythm ~ the foundation of Middle Eastern music. As well as express the emotion of the melody and lyrics, a belly dancer must be “on the beat” and respond to the many rhythm changes that add depth and texture to Egyptian music. Tamra-henna and Amir Sofi on tabla teach you everything you need to understand Egyptian rhythms so your Raks Sharqi performances will beautifully interpret the subtle complexities of this wonderful music!
Tamra-henna and Amir begin by explaining and demonstrating the elements of Egyptian rhythms ~ Dum – tec – ka! ~ and the structure and timing of these popular Egyptian rhythms:
The 4 Beat Rhythms:
~ Masmoudi Sagheer (Beledi)
The 2 Beat Rhythms:
And so you don’t miss a beat, diagrams that illustrate each rhythm appear on the screen while Amir plays!
Because it’s not enough to recognize the rhythms, Tamra-henna discusses the kinds of music in which each rhythm is found, and how you can use them in your performance.
She then teaches several combinations that reflect the structure of each rhythm. The combinations will help you develop a deeper understanding of Egyptian rhythms. Plus, they’re fun new moves to use in your dancing!
Finally, you are treated to a beautiful costumed performance by Tamra-henna!
Running Time: 136 minutes
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
~ 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!
There’s a reason LEYLA JOUVANA is known around the world as The Shimmy Queen! of belly dance. No one can Shimmy like Leyla!
Now you can learn 21 of The Shimmy Queen’s favorite shimmies ~ plus lots of variations ~ from Leyla herself. Leyla completely breaks down the technique used for each shimmy, including the muscles involved and weight changes. She explains the differences between the shimmies, what makes each shimmy special, and how to match each shimmy to the music.
Leyla teaches 21 kinds of shimmies, including:
Vertical Afro Shimmy
From basic shimmies like the Hip Shimmy and the Egyptian Shimmy, to the advanced layering of the Combined Afro-Vibration Shimmy or the Samba Shimmy, Leyla fully demonstrates each shimmy so you can follow along and perfect your own technique.
Plus, to help you to clearly understand the relationship between the movements and the rhythms, Leyla teaches to exciting rhythms played by her husband Roland, the accomplished drummer. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the music as well learn some great moves!
Your drum solos will never be the same, and whether you’re dancing to the latest pop tunes or the classics, Leyla’s shimmies will add excitement and spice to all your belly dance performances!
Running time: 135 minutes
Wholesale (each title): $24.00
Retail: $45.00 – $49.00
And don’t forget about our newest releases – Ultimate Combinations 3, 4 & 5!
Plus a performance by Zahra Zuhair!
Plus a performance by Celeste!
Plus a performance by Ava Fleming!