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Amira's Bellydance 101 Belly Dancing Basics For Beginners

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No matter your age, size or shape, let Middle Eastern Dance change the way you see yourself. The Amira Belly Dance 101 DVD is perfect for beginners or more seasoned dancers looking for a review of technique. You'll learn the basic bellydance moves and then integrate them into combinations, safely and joyfully discovering your own dance. With this motivating & exceptionally high quality instructional video, you will:

Learn to love and move your body with grace & confidence Nurture yourself with safe & gentle warm-ups & stretches Practice 60 minutes of step-by-step instruction with Amira Dance to energizing, tightly synchronized rhythms from well known global recording artists Learn over 30 isolated body movements, each visually demonstrated and verbally described, with on-screen visual aids Clearly see all movements from multiple viewing angles, including full-body & up-close views Then perform fluid combinations of the moves you ve learned

Featuring the beautiful music of widely acclaimed global recording artists Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy, this DVD has earned accolades for Amira's clear and supportive teaching style, her attention to solid technique, as well as for its exceptional production quality. The DVD also features a bonus Live Performance by Amira.

Amira blends her love of Middle Eastern & Flamenco dance with the grace of Yoga and the daring of Fire-Eating to bring a distinct style and positive attitude to her performances and workshops around the US and her native Estonia. She has an extensive background in medicine and music and continues to study in the US and the Middle East. Amira resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and travels extensively to perform and teach.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Amira
  • Directors: Andrew Corwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001W2HZ0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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289 of 298 people found the following review helpful By A woman on May 5, 2006
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First of all, I think the best instructional and workout DVD is "Learn lavish layers with Ansuya".

But Amira's disk is also of exemplary quality, and I can see how for some people it might be the best place to start:

- Amira teaches the proper posture and reminds you about it throughout her lesson. Majority of instructional videos neglect that.
- Her instructions are more thoughtful than in any other bellydance program I've seen so far (except Ansuya's).
- Unlike some instructors who don't realize that you need to practice the moves individually before you can put them together and up to speed, Amira makes sure you absorb each movement by repeating it many times.
- The camera is always where it belongs (which is rare in the world of bellydance videos).
- Amira's style is very soothing and helps focus on movement execution. There are bellydancers that are more picturesque, but their intense Mideastern charm might overwhelm or distract a beginner. Their bodies also may intimidate an overweight novice, whereas Amira shows that you don't have to be slender to be able to move with admirable grace. And Amira is certainly pretty as well.
- Amira's appearance and the choice of background and music are very tasteful.

This video is probably the gentlest, non-intimidating introduction to bellydance I've seen so far. But the drawback of this approach is that you might outgrow it rather quickly. "Learn lavish layers with Ansuya" will prove much more efficient in the long run.
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By evol_v on May 30, 2009
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This is the DVD to get for your first bellydance instruction workout. I can't say enough good things about it, but let me start. First, the production values are high. The setting is lovely and restful, with beautifully sensuous pillows and gauzy drapes hanging in the background. The music is exotic and hypnotic, and Amira's voice and pleasant accent make you feel you're on a nice vacation, far from your own stressful world. The exercises are explained carefully and done slowly, so that you can pick them up. They are filmed in such a way that you can see the movement (no cutting away to a face while you are trying to figure out what the hips are doing.) There is a warm-up at the beginning and a gentle stretch at the end. If you skip the combination, which you might want to do at first, while you're learning the movements, you can do the whole dvd in an hour. The sections are short enough so as not to tire you out or frustrate your beginner's attention span. At some point this workout might become too basic, but I suspect I would always want to come back to it sometimes, on days when I'm not feeling so strong, or when I just want to de-stress. I love this DVD, and I hope Amira makes more!
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lena, Massage Therapist VINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
This is a good production quality dvd with chapters & bonus performance by Amira.

This is set so that it looks like Amira is in a traditional Middle Eastern tent. The choices of volors/fabric & decoration is wonderful, though to me it felt a little claustrophobic but doesn't hamper/distract the great teaching.

Amira is very relaxed, friendly, patient. This is a learning like a class dvd, not a workout, though she does have you practice for a decent amount of time before moving on. Even better, the music is slow/soft to start which bored me, but it increased in tempo so that I did full speed on moves since I already knew them from my many other bellydance dvds. Even though I own more, her teaching is great, she taught me that snake arms come fron the shoulders, not the arms which makes a huge difference.

Amira starts with a short 3 min intro about belly dance history & benefits.

There is about a 5 min stretch with head rolls, shoulder rolls, hip stretch, squats & spine stretch movements.

Head/Sshoulders - head shifts, snack arms, wings

Chest - shifts, vertical & horizontal chest circles, camel

Hips - hip single & double bumps, hip circles, hip lifts & drops & w/kick & diff directions, hip twists, figure 8s, vertical figure 8 is touched on,

body wave

Shimmies - Lebonnese/hip focused & Egyptian knee focused

Combinations - simple routine of shoulder shimmy, chest lifts, shoulder roll, hip lifts/drops, body wave & ends in shimmy done 4x in faster succession.

The learning/practice portion ends at about the 55 min mark.

This dvd is best for people new to bellydance or feel that they didn't get enough detailed instruction on ones they already own. If you feel you already happy with how you execute with the moves listed above, skip this dvd.

You can see a trailer at her site amirasbelly com
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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dennis on July 7, 2008
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Amira's Belly Dance 101 Dvd, a 5-Star Instructional Video of Belly Dancing Basics for Beginners

This is a two minute video trailer that shows a couple of short excerpts from the DVD. For further reviews, all of the others that are left here seem to describe the content and quality pretty well..
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126 of 137 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on June 17, 2006
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As a total beginner, I watched this DVD once and was able to keep up with her pretty accurately at the end when she put all movements together. I'm 54 and have gained 40 pounds over the past two years (up from size 6 for 30 years). I was delighted to feel graceful and feminine while going these exercises with Amira. I'm slightly sore today...not an unpleasant sensation, but a sign that muscles were really used. If you're interested in Belly Dance, I think you'll really like Amira.
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