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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hollywood Music
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029YBA8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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For me, it is a beautiful dance down memory lane.
E. Deaton
The video really helped me put many of the puzzle pieces into place regaring our dance heritage.
J. Chance
A wonderful DVD, well produced by Amaya Productions.
MoWalid

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There is a statement on the back cover of this DVD that nearly says it all: "American Belly Dance Legends. . . .The dance pioneers that started the Belly Dance movement in the United States! Featuring the Greats in our dance world. To know your dance history is to know your craft. A must have for all serious Students of Oriental Dance, Teachers of Raks Sharki, Ethnic Dance Studios and Fans of Belly Dance."

What I would add to this is that if you are in fact teaching, no matter whether in the US or beyond (as the statement above speaks to American Belly Dance Legends - although many of these dancers have touched and taught students all over the world) this DVD will provide you with one of the best tools of your teacher's tool box. If you don't purchase this DVD and share its contents with your students I personally feel you would be doing yourself and those students a disservice. As an Adjunct College Teacher, I am adding this to the curriculum for my class.

I am sad to say that I have heard dancers, students, some who think they have already reached professional status, who when I mention one of our dance legends, tilt their heads and out of their mouth comes "I've never heard of him/her". Could you be in ballet and not know Baryshnikov? Or any dance and not know Ruth St. Denis? It makes my head hurt to think that there could even be teachers who don't know some of these legends. To not know those who came before us, those who paved the way and many who continue to do so, is just a shame. If not for these legends, these icons we would NOT have such a full and rich dance art in which to participate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MoWalid on March 3, 2010
This DVD is one of my favorites. Maybe because I was brought up in this era where these dancers were so revered by the rest of us. This was an era when people who were really good were looked up to and respected. Where today there are no real stars just a a lot of dancers. A very different time. It is wonderful to look back and remember these people who forged ahead and helped create a business that could be respected and admired. These are the dance pioneers that started the movement here in the US! Featuring the greats in our dance world. To know your dance history and the artists is to know your craft.

This DVD is a must have for all serious students of Oriental Dance, teachers of Raks Sharki, ethnic dance studios and those teaching world dance styles. Also, just plain wonderful for the fan of Belly Dance. A wonderful DVD, well produced by Amaya Productions. There are clips of all the greats from across the country: Adrianna, Aida Al Adawi, Aisha Ali, Aziz, Dahlena, De Ann, Helena Vlahos, Ibrahi,m "Bobby" Farrah, JAmila Salimpur, John Compton, Morocco and Roman "Bert" Balladine. There are also bonus scenes of Ahmed Jajour of CAnada and Amir of Boston.

My favorites are Helen Vlahos who resides now in Phoenix, AZ and Dahlena who is still teaching and living in Yuma, AZ. Bobby has been gone over 10 years now. He resided in NYC and was the Master of choreography. He was a choreographic genius. There are still many of his students who practice and perform to this day. Amir of Boston is a treat to see. He passed away back in the late 80's at the tender age of 32. A wonderful performer to be enjoyed by all. Bert Balladine was a favorite for all. He has also passed away. I could go on forever about the wonderful people in this video.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Chance on January 18, 2010
After answering the poll about 2009 videos, I pulled out my American Belly Dance
Legends to watch again. While I was at Amaya's Wise Woman Retreat in early
2008, she had given us on overview of the project honoring these wonderful
trailblazers of American dance, so I was really excited to see the finished
product when it came out.

Kudos to Amaya for doing such a wonderful job. Amaya fuses her narrative with
breathtaking photos and video, giving us a great overview of these pioneers of
American belly dance. I was introduced to a few dancers that I had only heard
of by name if at all. The video really helped me put many of the puzzle pieces
into place regaring our dance heritage.

Thank you again, Amaya, for the many hours put into this labor of love and for
making the information and footage available to us. I highly recommend it to
anyone interested in learning more about the hisotry of Middle Eastern or belly
dance in America. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a Volume 2!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ramona on May 4, 2010
I've been belly dancing since 1986, so I've been a student and friend of several of the dancers on this DVD. I was especially delighted to see Aziz, he's one of my all-time favorite dance teachers----it was a joy to study with him, and since he's retired, the dance community has missed him. So I felt like I was sitting down with an old friend & catching up on what he's been doing when I watched this DVD. Amaya does an outstanding job on the narration of the DVD, she is also a wonderful dance instructor. I feel that it is very important that the recent generations of dancers know about the previous generations, and this DVD helps fill that gap.

Every belly dancer should be familiar with the work of Ibrahim "Bobby" Farrah, Jamila Salimpour, and Bert Balladine---these dancers helped shape generations of dancers and have been very influential with the development of our art. So many other classic dancers are seen on this DVD----all famous names from generations ago, and some are still teaching today. Some of them, like Amir of Boston, are no longer with us, and are missed. One of my early dance instructors in the 1980's was a great friend of Amir and raved about his wonderful dancing. I never got to see him in person, but now I can say I've seen him on DVD. I call this DVD "required reading" for serious belly dancers of the new generation.
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