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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.
Instructions were well presented and easy to follow. I just need to make the time for practice.Published 3 months ago by Cynthia
Wonderful for helping you move from doing dance moves to performing the dance. Lots of good information about putting together a dance. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Patricia Paiz
First, the positives. With 3 hours of material on this DVD, there are a lot of ideas and info on here! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lauren Noelle Clarke
This video gave me exactly what I was looking for.
If you are looking for basic information on how to put a show together, this video will help you on your quest. Read more
I watch a lot of bellydancing DVD's and this is the only one I wanted to own. It's great to have DVD's to work on specific techniques or to watch but this one is like a personal... Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Marilyn Martin
Been covered for the most part.......it's a great DVD. It covers the details of how to put together a traditional cabaret bellydance show/ performance for fun or for a real venue. Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by C.C.N.
I think anyone that purchases this video and practices the segments would be able to put on a short show. She also has some really great costume ideas.Published on November 15, 2010 by vicoola