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Belly Dance Show Basics for Beginners, with Tanna Valentine: Beginner bellydance classes, Belly dance instruction for performing

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Bellydance Show Basics is a 3-hour instructional program that will introduce you to the full set of skills needed to perform a classic belly dance show. The program includes breakdown and practice of the basic belly dance vocabulary of steps, but the main focus is on learning how to put the show together and make it great. Tanna Valentine, a New York-based star belly dance performer and instructor, suggests structure, music, and ways of expression that will work best to create your own show as a glamorous and memorable experience for a special occasion or as a gift to your friends.

A classic belly dance show in the American Cabaret tradition consists of 6 parts: entrance, veil dance, party dance, ciftetelli with or without floorwork, drum solo, and finale. While a typical show lasts about 20 minutes, Tanna offers a 6-minute mini-show for practice and performance on special occasions.

The music of Bellydance Show Basics is by New York's favorite Middle Eastern band leader and master Arabic percussion instructor Amir Naoum Chehade. It can be downloaded from iTunes or purchased on Amir's CD Bellydance New York. Together with the 6-minute mini-show, Amir's CD contains the full-length versions of each song used in the show, as well as other belly dance favorites you can use to improve your skills - or expand the mini-show into a full-length professional performance.

In a Concept section for each of the 6 parts of the classic show, Tanna Valentine explains the mood, the expectations of the audience, the image the dancer may seek to create, the ways she can project her energy, and interact with and manage her audience. Tanna teaches how to differentiate each part of the show through expression and dance vocabulary, and delves into the logistics of each segment, giving you the blueprint for a flawless and confident performance.

In the Step-by-step section for each segment of the classic show, Tanna breaks down a number of the steps appropriate for that rhythm and mood. These steps are rehearsed in the Practice sessions. Practice sessions can also be played as one non-stop segment with music and vocal cues or with the music only. The six Choreography sections offer a simple and elegant sequence for each of the six portions of the show. If you would like to practice your performance skills by following Tanna, you can play the choreography sections as one full 6-minute show with music and vocal cues or with music only.

Tanna also offers a rich array of resources to help you create and perform your own show.

Special sections of the program are dedicated to learning the basics of floorwork, and to playing finger cymbals. Staging your show is all about the logistics of performing a belly dance show in a public venue, such as a restaurant or lounge, as compared to a performance in your living room.

In the Costuming section Tanna discusses traditional belly dance costuming, explaining the diversity of possible styles and how to obtain them (accompanied by costume demonstrations), and experiments with creating impromptu belly dance costumes from everyday items found in her closet.

In the Makeup section Tanna is joined by her makeup model, New York belly dancer Mary. Tanna demonstrates dance makeup application from foundation to the decorative elements such as rhinestones applied to the corners of the eyes. The demonstration offers meticulous step-by-step makeup instruction.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tanna Valentine
  • Directors: Tanna Valentine
  • 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: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UZRT3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Seir on April 16, 2008
I can only marvel at the vast amount of information, priceless to a dancer; a full three hours!
This dvd does not teach belly dance but rather how to put together a tasteful, entertaining show for a public venue, or a special guest perhaps in your own living room. Rich in information including costuming tips, how to put together a costume with just what is in your closet, accessorizing, applying dance make up, enhancing your face with color in order to create drama under stage lighting.
I recommend this dvd to those with a background of at least basic belly dance foundation who are ready to entertain family, friends, or a public gathering.
Included are the following elements needed to perform your own belly dance show beginning with this sequence:

Entrance-Several varieties of traveling steps-toe ball heel, shuffle step, practice steps and choreography.
Veil- entering veiled, removing the veil, veil manipulation, a practice and veil choreography. How to discard the veil by twisting it tightly into almost a rope, retrieving the veil gracefully and dancing into it.
Party- the happy beat to get your audience motivated once you have removed your veil, it is time to
entertain, use hip drops, chest lifts, traveling steps

Ciftitelli- the sensual segment of your show, all your sultry moves, done tastefully to captivate your audience; again with a practice mini choreography that is fun and alluring.
Drum solo- the earthy accents that define what the hips of a belly dancer can do, small tight moves with little traveling steps bring taste and even more mystery, a few hand claps to get the audience involved.

Finale- a short graceful choreography to end the show, with veil and just enough music left over to keep the audience wanting more.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2008
This is a fantastic instructional DVD, not for learning the basics of bellydancing, but by giving you the building blocks to create your own show. This information is hard to get, and here it is all in one 180 minute DVD. Tanna Valentine is a gorgeous and graceful award-winning dancer, and on this DVD teaches an American Cabaret Style routine, with very simple but eye-catching choreography. There is nothing technically demanding in the dances, and Tanna breaks down each step and gives you plenty of practice time.

The Dance
Entrance: On making a serene and graceful first impression, where to focus if you are nervous, etc.
Veil Dance: Shows the endless possibilities in a simple piece of cloth!
Party Song: This is a fun dance and the place where you can get audience participation, especially is there is a guest of honor. Tanna shows you the many ways to get them to dance with you, and also how to get them to go back to their seat when you want them to!
Ciftitelli: This is the slow and sensual number, and Tanna points out the many things you have to consider before doing any floor work in this section.
Drum Solo: This is the hardest part of the dance, as it takes a lot of control and energy.
Finale: This is how to pick up your veil and make a lovely and memorable exit. If you've studied the lessons on this DVD well, they won't forget you!

The How-To of Everything Else
Cymbals: What to buy, how to put them on, how to play them.
Costumes: Tanna has a sumptuous array of costumes in her collection, but for those just starting out, or maybe dancing in only one show, she tells you how to get the best effects for the least amount of money. She even goes in her closet and shows how everyday skirts and tops can be transformed into costumes.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shara of Desert Dance on April 17, 2008
Tanna is beautiful and she wears some gorgeous costumes as she demonstrates, teaches and perfoms. She gives tips on costuming, make-up, and performing in different venues. The veil instruction alone is worth the purchase price! This DVD is a must for the beginner that wishes to perform. Unless you are a super-quick visual learner, you will need some basic moves before this video. Tanna is clear and easy to follow. The best part is that you can purchase or download the music that goes with
the choregraphy you will learn! I loved the music!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Naaga on August 23, 2008
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This is a good DVD for BEGINNERS. I realize that is what the title says,but even if you have been dancing for a while, you want to learn new techniques for peforming.That is why I bought this. I have been dancing a while now and even though I'm intermediate, I bought this thinking that it might teach me something new. It is a good DVD if you are majorly sweating your first performance,or if you want to put on a show for someone. But if you are not new to the dance it won't teach you much that you don't already know.
If you are a beginner, BUY THIS. It is a good DVD. If you are an intermediate and have never performed before BUY THIS. It will help you understand the structure of a show. If you have performed more than once,and have taken for more than three years from a good teacher,it will probably be stuff you already know. So be a doll and pass it on to the new kid in class who is freaking out because she is performing for the first time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Desert Dancer on June 26, 2008
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The thing I really like about this DVD is that you actually get to learn a dance...with some DVD's you just learn moves but it never seems like you're dancing. This one is all about dancing. It's not a bellydance workout if that's what you're looking for. You get to learn a beautiful choreographed dance. I like all the menu options too...you can just go over the movement review or the choreographed dance and with voice and music or just music. There are so many tips about dancing as well to learn from.
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