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Ballet For Belly Dancers


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Product Details

  • Actors: Brianna
  • Directors: Michelle Joyce
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Cheeky Girls Productions
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XW6PIU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

This DVD teaches modified ballet techniques tailored to help bellydancers increase balance, fluidity, strength and grace. The program includes precise ballet-inspired exercises to condition the body for efficient and graceful dancing, with additional postures, steps and combinations that can easily be incorporated into any dance routine.
Originally developed in the courts of Louix XIV and refined over centuries, ballet is globally recognized for its beauty and athleticism. As a foundational movement style, cross-training in ballet provides structure and a common vocabulary beneficial to performers of all dance backgrounds.
The DVD contains a warm up, technique demonstration and glossary of ballet terminology, drills and combinations. Each ballet step is explained, broken down and translated into a bellydance context. Drills of the ballet-inspired bellydance technique follow each section for extended practice. Longer combinations showcase the technique elements integrated with other bellydance moves. A bellydance version of ballet s traditional reverence, or curtsy, is also included.

About the Actor

About Brianna Brianna is a professional bellydancer with over twenty-five years of dance training and experience as a performer and instructor. Originally trained in classical Russian ballet, she was captivated by bellydance s emotion and excitement. She is a multi-award winning soloist and choreographer.

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The filming and sound quality are excellent.
Amy "Kiyaana"
Brianna covers the basic ballet fundamentals and gives simple combinations that are easy to follow.
Robyn Werhan
This a good thing - it's never good when you get a DVD and can do everything on it right away.
Shannon B Davis

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Dance on March 20, 2009
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alison M. Dreyer on April 10, 2009
Another great Cheeky Girls video!! This instructional contains floor exercises that increase hip flexibility and tones key leg muscles, posture modification tips, ballet arm patterns that can be modified for belly dancers, a section on basic turns and one on arabesques, and loads of interesting floor patterns.

The DVD cover itself contains a glossary of ballet terms with proper spelling and pronunciation for French dance terms like pas de bourre, soutenu, and tendu as well as proper terminology for facings and staging. The various floor patterns offered in the video are great for drills and for adding dynamic transitions into your dance, and include level changes, spins and lovely arm movements. This DVD would be great for all levels, and especially beneficial for the intermediate dancer who knows basic belly dance moves and wants to add an element of polish and refinement to his or her presentation. Brianna is very articulate and easy to follow, and the floor patterns work perfectly with the music selection. Well produced, much-needed video for dancers. Three thumbs up!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shannon B Davis VINE VOICE on May 18, 2009
This video fills a long-open gap in many dancer's education. For those dancers who did not study ballet as a child, many dance workshops can be baffling, when ballet terms are used in the choreography and one has no idea what they mean. Eventually, one figures them out but perhaps not as cleanly and clearly as one would if instructed.

A beginner could use this DVD, especially the first third for strengthening and arm gracefulness. S/he would then grow with this DVD because the combinations are at an intermediate or advanced level.

This DVD contains three sections.

The first section is a strengthening and training section, like barre exercises. While practicing plies and arm positions, a dancer gains grace in her arms while building strength in her feet and legs, important for dancing on releve (half-point).

The next section goes over common ballet terms, such as pas de buerre, arabesque. These terms are often used in choreographies, even by native Egyptian dancers, because Raks Sharki was so influenced by the Russian Ballet. Often they are not broken down in workshops because people are assumed to know them. Brianna breaks them down into their component parts - I felt like lightbulbs were going off above my head. Brianna gives many opportunities to practice these movements, in combination with other movements.

The final third of the DVD is a series of combinations set to music. I have to confess that I watched some of these rather than do them. The combinations grow in difficulty. Even if everything else on the DVD seemed like a cakewalk, this section can grow quite difficult, combining the new ballet terms with bellydance movements is not something I was used to and so it will take practice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda in Indiana on April 14, 2009
You'll get almost 2 hours of detailed ballet instruction and practice with this dvd. Clever chapter menu's and your tab button will allow you to skip past the breakdown of any section right to the practice parts once you've mastered the instruction. I'm really enjoying this dvd. Thanks Michelle!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy "Kiyaana" on April 30, 2009
Ballet for Belly Dancers is another high quality video production from Cheeky Girls. I was really excited to hear that this DVD was coming out because whenever I take a belly dance workshop and the instructor uses ballet terms, I feel a little lost. I had looked into ballet-specific DVDs, but didn't want to get that involved with ballet, so this was a perfect fit for me. Brianna is clear and easy to follow. The filming and sound quality are excellent. There's even a glossary of ballet terms inside the cover. I highly recommend this DVD! - Kiyaana
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Harrison on April 17, 2009
Ballet for Belly Dancers provides an excellent addition to a dancer's toolkit for improvement. As illustrated in the DVD, several movements from ballet have been incorporated into belly dance, and drilling those movements individually and in combination is helpful. More importantly, this cross-training in ballet will help a dancer really think about foot patterns and weight changes in the transitions from one step to another. Things I particularly liked about the exercises were the emphasis on graceful arms and the fast yet relaxed-looking footwork. I can see this DVD having a strong positive impact on my dancing.

As with all the Cheeky Girls Productions DVDs I have seen, the camerawork and teaching methodology are stellar, a real "best practices" example for teaching dance via DVD. Brianna is very easy to understand and she breaks down movements well. Her explanations of how to modify ballet movements for belly dance were thoughtful and illustrated her depth of knowledge of each form. The camerawork shows her body very clearly, and I really appreciate the occasional focus in on her lower legs, so that you could really understand the footwork in the combinations.

The inclusion of a performance by Brianna is a nice touch as well, because you can see several of the combinations and movements taught in the choreography in action. All in all, another fine product from Cheeky Girls!
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