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Android Goddess: Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, Robotic Movement, Waving & Popping Styles, with Fayzah. Dance instruction in bellydance and hip-hop: A complete how-to for the robot dancer

Fayzah , Fayzah  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fayzah
  • Directors: Fayzah
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00095NXBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Created by New York City-based star of Tribal Fusion Dance Fayzah, the Android Goddess instruction program blends the precise isolations and fluidity of Tribal Fusion bellydance with two unique and colorful movement stylizations: The Goddess and The Machine.

The Goddess is characterized by fluid, sophisticated, expansive movement, with majestic poses inspired by the cycles and flow of Earth, wind, water, and volcanic lava. The Machine, or Android, features robotic movement, waving, ticking, hitting, and dimestopping, coming from popping styles, mime, street performance, digital music, and illusion effects.

In the instructional sections of the program Fayzah builds the Android Goddess style step-by-step. She teaches the Goddess and the Android portions of her dance vocabulary separately, drills the moves, and then weaves them into combinations.

The Android Concepts section explores ways of imitating mechanical machine-like motion through body angles, ticking, hitting, dime stopping, transitions, effects, and other types of robotic movement. Then Fayzah demonstrates and breaks down a series of moves from the Android style dance vocabulary, and leads you through Android drills, practicing each movement again and again, working toward creating an illusion of machine-like motion. You can repeat the drills as many times as you need to, to get these moves into your muscle memory. Some of them will be easier, while others may require a lot of practice and muscle conditioning.

Next Fayzah demonstrates and breaks down a series of steps and poses from the Goddess style movement vocabulary. These movements embody natural elements and explore different types of fluidity, muscle control, and extension. Goddess movement drills help you tune into the full-body, expansive, powerful and confident style of Goddess movement.

Finally, Fayzah blends the Goddess and the Android movements with steps and accents of Tribal Fusion belly dance in a series of combinations you can adopt as part of your personal dance vocabulary to perform individually or as a sequence. Each combination is introduced step-by-step and drilled through a number of repetitions. You can also practice all the combinations in a sequence, like a choreographed dance.

Android Goddess also includes a muscle conditioning warmup and a few other sections to help you master the Android Goddess style. There is a dance-along practicewhere you can work on Soul, or your groove, while doing isolations and waving. Groove is the heart of rhythmic movement often overlooked when we learn and practice dance. Feeling the beat, confidence in moving with it, and the ability to express the rhythm gives a distinctive and effortless pacing to your dance. Another dance-along section is the Goddess Flow which brings about body awareness, using imagination, and introduces different ways of initiating and performing the movement.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it worth it? March 1, 2011
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Welcome, In the welcome section Fayzah is giving you an overview of what the dvd is about.She talks about the two different concepts she has Android and goddess.
Warm-up and strengthening, I feel as it some of the movements could have been slower, some of them just moved way to fast.I liked this warm-up it was not a yoga warm-up or yoga inspired warm-up like you see on most dvd's.Some yoga was used but not an extremely long section dedicated to it.Like you would see in serpentine or other fusion dvd's. The movements are movements you would likely see in a regular class setting. I do not think this warm-up was beginner friendly. posture on how to do these movements are not carefully explained. Lunges and squats are used and careful explanation on the lunges should have been given but were not.On another note if you workout regularly or dance regularly these movements will not be new or difficult.

Android concept breakdown/Demonstrations,
Hitting break down/ Demonstrations

Andriod moves breakdown/ Andriod drills
goddess moves breakdown/Goddess drills

Combinations Breakdown
Combinations Deomonstration/ Practice

The sections are pretty self explanatory for the Android portion she teaches hip hop dance concepts
and in the goddess bellydance concepts. There are about six combinations, and then she puts all the combinations together into a demonstration like performance. After the combinations she does a movement flow section that focuses on body awareness, which I thought was pretty cool,:) it reminded me of a section on one of the Blanca's dvd's, where she initiated different movements from each body part. Except this is a little more free form improvisational.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kami
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This was a pretty awesome DVD. Fayzah is very talented and I love the solo she does at the end. This is not your typical Belly dance DVD because she combines elements of hip hop. I did not purchase this DVD to practice purely belly dance, I wanted something different to spice up my routines. I got exactly what I wanted and more because I can even use some of these moves outside of a belly dance setting such as a club.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice for your fusion March 12, 2011
I found the warm-up a little too rushed, but younger dancers won't have a problem with it. This has a good intro to hip hop. You need to have a little bit of belly dance under your belt to go through this smoothly, so having the basics down will help you out a lot. I have to mention that I am very glad that not all belly dance videos are geared toward beginners. We need lots more geared toward intermediate and advanced. If you like fusion, perhaps this is your next step up from being a beginner. Happy dancing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Stylish! March 18, 2011
By Seir
Android Goddess is a fun and great learning tool for the not so typical dancer that desires to go beyond basics and is trying to develop skills in fusion dances which focus on the concepts that hip hop and tribal fusion belly dance share.This program reminds me of the times I go into my closet and actually enjoy the fact that there is so much to choose from. After all, who wants to wear the same stuff each day!
The typical hip hop concepts that are shared are waving, popping and robotic movements. I find that continuous practice helps ease the transitions in order to form the contrast in fluidity and staccato movement.
The program outline has been well described in the other reviews so I won't go into detail on each section.
I will focus on the program and not the props, or costumes:-Fayzah's teaching style is to the point. The strengthening and conditioning section integrates yoga poses, leg stretches, and was perfectly adequate for me. The main focus is to learn and develop muscle control, learn specific muscle contractions and isolation along with separation of upper and lower body and lateral movement. I feel that the conditioning section is essential in preparing for these movements and is very thorough.If you are new to this style and the program seems fast paced , each section can be repeated!
The dance along section is fun to explore. Here, the dancer taps into her own creativity using the hands, shoulders, elbows, hips, feet, and adding level changes, turns, etc. to paint on an imaginary blank canvas. The "find your groove" section is not only fun but helps find your rhythm and layers isolations and different foot patterns. A section on gestures, or embellishments, is also a learning tool for the awkward,"what do I do with my arms and hands" situation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to add a different style to your collection August 29, 2013
WHAT IS BETTER THAN IN OTHER DVD's:
+ The Extras - Meaning the "Dance along sections" which are excellent to increase your body awareness, rythm and fluidity.
+ Warm up - This is one of the best warm-ups I have seen, it is thorough and tough.
+ Arm & hand positions and movement - I really like her arm & hand positions in the goddess style, although only as "inspiration", because specifically for this particular topic she gives little instrucion on how to do it, she assumes you already know it.
+ The fluidity of her tribal fusion style

Maybe it is strange that the best of this DVD is not its core but its extras (the extra dance along sections and the warm-up). So what this practically means is that you should buy this DVD if you are precisely looking for some extras to add to your collection, not as one of your main instruction or workout DVDs. Even the main part that contains the concepts and drills is like an extra to your repertoire of either hip hop or bellydance, since it assumes you already know the basics but gives detailed instruction into a different style. It was difficult to decide whether 3 or 4 stars was more appropriate. I definitely liked the DVD, but I only recommend it, if you are already a fairly good dancer and want to practise something different.

CARDIO CHALLENGE: Moderate TONING: Moderate CHOREOGRAPHY DIFFICULTY: Intermediate to advanced INSTRUCTIONAL QUALITY: Very good MUSIC: Industrial, goes well with the routines FUN FACTOR: Medium - the concepts and drilling sections are a bit slow and boring, but the extra segments are fun

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1) Warm up - I definitely love the warm up although it's a little bit long.
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