31 March 2009
It’s the time of year for new beginnings, so why not try something new? Here’s your chance to get started in Belly Dance, or help a friend get started. Already a dancer? Why not try a new style or challenge yourself with advanced technique and layers? Our spring sale gives everyone a chance for a new beginning!
Practice makes perfect, and one of the best ways to practice your technique is by drilling! In this DVD Sadie leads you through two Technique Sections and six related Drill Sets that are designed to improve your isolation, speed, control and flexibility.
In the Technique Sections Sadie demonstrates and breaks down the mechanics of important foundational hip movements and the art of layering movements on one another.
In the Drill Sets, Sadie leads you through six different drills based on the Technique Sections so you can practice and perfect your own technique. Each of the six drills has three levels of increasing difficulty as Sadie adds additional layers to each movement. By working your way through the drill levels, you’ll challenge yourself and continue to build complexity and subtlety in your dancing.
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.
Moving the hips in isolation from – or in coordination with – the ribcage is the essence of Raqs Sharki. Your hips or torso can move soft and slow, or fast and sharp… but there’s more to it than that! The technique a dancer uses to move her body affects how her audience will feel her dancing.
Ava Fleming’s signature style is based on relaxation within muscular and skeletal isolations, and weight distribution. All that requires understanding exactly how each movement is created. So Ava teaches muscle identification, with exercises to help you connect to the specific muscles you will use. It also requires correct posture, so Ava gives special emphasis to proper body placement to achieve the desired affects safely and gracefully.
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In these videos, Kajira explains the fundamentals of American Tribal Style (ATS) and how to use movement vocabulary and cues to achieve the synchronized group improvisation unique to this belly dance style. She teaches both slow and fast movements, with plenty of breakdown and demonstration. She also shows variations on the movements and how to transition from one movement to another. The technique section includes demonstration performances by Kajira and members of United We Dance, using the movements taught in the videos, allowing you follow along and practice the movements and reading the cues. Also included are costumed performances by Kajira and members of United We Dance featuring the movements and cues taught in these videos.
Turkish Style Oriental Dance is energetic, joyous, assertive, passionate, and spontaneous. It is characterized by aggressive hip movements, complex pelvic articulations, exciting zills, powerful drum solos, sensuous taqsim, fun stomach play, extended veil work, and a wide array of mysterious gestures.
Learn this fun and exciting style of belly dance with expert dancer and historian, Elizabeth Artemis Mourat! This DVD includes a brief history of Turkish Style Belly Dance, including contributions of the Turkish Romany people, and describes how it is distinguished from Egyptian Raqs Sharki.
What makes Raqs Sharki – Egyptian Style Belly Dance – so special? Find out in this fun and informative video starring one of the most popular Egyptian Style instructors and performers in the United States, Zahra Zuhair!
Get Yourself Going with Belly Dance!
Learn Belly Dance with Paulina – Paulina demonstrates each movement, then completely breaks it down for you. The standard belly dance movements presented in this edition are: The Body Wave * Hip Circles * Wrist Circles * Tick-Tock Shimmy * Vertical Figure 8 * Chest Lifts * Slinky Arm Movements * and more!
Belly Dance Workout – with an Emphasis on Strength, plus a Full Warm Up and Cool Down.
Also featuring two beautiful performances by Paulina and Anaheed
Learn Belly Dance with Paulina – Paulina demonstrates each movement, then completely breaks it down for you. The standard belly dance movements presented in this edition are: Horizontal Figure 8 * Twisting Shimmy * Hip Drop * Upper Body Slides & Circles * Beautiful Arms * Hand Ripples * and more!
Belly Dance Workout – with an Emphasis on Stretching, plus a Full Warm Up and Cool Down.
Also featuring two beautiful performances by Paulina and Aleya
Learn Belly Dance with Paulina
Paulina demonstrates each movement, then completely breaks it down for you. The standard belly dance movements presented in this edition are: Hip Snaps * Sway Arms * Hip Circles * The Egyptian Shimmy * Hip Lifts * Head Slides * and more!
Belly Dance Workout – with an Emphasis on Aerobic Exercise, plus a Full Warm Up and Cool Down.
Also featuring two beautiful performances by Paulina and Amara
Each video is approximately 95 minutes in length and features:
– 50+ minutes of unique belly dance instruction
– 25+ minute workout which includes a complete warm-up and cool-down
– 2 beautiful performances by professional belly dancers, including Paulina!
The DVD versions also contain bonus materials:
– The History of Belly Dance
– Instructional Tips for Belly Dancers
– The Story of The International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED)
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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! 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. She then teaches you basic belly dance movements that go with each zill pattern, and adds the zills to each of these movements. Next, 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. And finally, a beautiful performance with Ansuya and her zills!
Every belly dancer wants shimmies that are effortless, strong, smooth, and go on forever! In this DVD Celeste will help you improve your shimmies by clarifying proper shimmy technique, demonstrating stretches and exercises to improve strength and flexibility, and leading you through her special shimmy drills. Each drill is progressively more challenging, requiring greater strength and stamina, and adding layering.
Everyone knows, you only have one chance to make a first impression so you better get it right! In this video, Dondi teaches you how to make exciting and beautiful entrances to grab your audience’s attention. And because you always want to leave a good impression behind, Dondi shows how to gracefully end your performance and exit the stage.
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Dondi performs all over the world including Australia, Jordan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, and has performed for many celebrities including Omar Sharif. She has been awarded several titles such as “Belly Dancer of the Universe” and was named “One of the 50 best things about San Diego” by San Diego Magazine. Dondi a member of the “Bellydance Superstars,” and continues to tour and perform around the world.
Dondi stars in many DVDs sold on this website, including:
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