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Belly Dance Basics & Beyond, with Jenna: Belly Dancing Classes for a Solid Foundation - Bellydance how-to, belly dance technique (2006)

Jenna  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Jenna
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FSL8WQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

For more than five years, Belly Dance Basics & Beyond, with Jenna has been among the top 5 most popular belly dance videos sold at This program is a 2 hr. 20 min. series of belly dancing classes designed to teach the fundamental movements of bellydance and encourage their practice in a wide range of dance combinations.

Jenna's presentation of belly dance basics begins with posture, the foundation on which dance movement is built. The basic arms section teaches you how to maintain and enhance a beautiful elongated body line through graceful positioning of the arms and hands.

Jenna's warmup includes select dance moves and dynamic stretches and is designed as a light total-body workout.

The footwork section of Belly Dance Basics and Beyond lays the foundation for traveling steps, focusing on a number of patterns, such as basic walk, 2-step and triple step traveling and ways to change directions.

Isolations of shoulders, ribcage and hips are building blocks of bellydance movement and Jenna breaks down slides, lifts, drops, arcs and sharp accents. Some of these elements are dance moves in their own right, and others help to form compound moves.

Compound moves are the essential vocabulary of belly dance - circles, undulations and figure 8s. Jenna's technique of building them from the smallest and most basic elements up, ensures that they are performed with effortless grace. Next, Jenna shows how to layer simple and compound moves on top of traveling steps.

Jenna's practice combinations offer five 5-minute practice sessions made from many exciting bellydance combinations. As you follow Jenna, you can listen to the music together with her verbal cues or you can select the music-only option. This section offers a series of excellent technique drills and can be combined with the warmup for a fantastic 30-minute moderate workout. The last session contains stretches and can serve as a cooldown.

Customer Reviews

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247 of 247 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive bellydance instruction ever November 20, 2006
How do you argue with almost two and a half hours of content on one little disk--at hardly any cost? In my collection, I have DVDs that offer one tenth the amount of content at an average of $40. This video has an incredible amount of instruction. More than I've seen on any other single video, in fact. It's an entire belly dance syllabus. The teaching is authoritative--as it should be, coming from someone who really knows. It's detailed and thorough. Despite being such a long DVD, the pace is perfect and consistent throughout. There isn't any section where get disoriented with a sudden variation in style or pace. The relaxed and flowing feel of the whole DVD actually adds to the learning experience.

There are now dozens and dozens of beginner bellydance instruction videos. I've always wondered just how the market supports quite that many. Among them, this one now ranks among the top few because you find everyone in on e place, explained and demonstrated well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to the next person who asks what they should have in their starter kit.

Unlike many of the other dvds, you'll find a section on traveling steps and layering. So it really does live up to its promise of basics and beyond. It has a sizeable practice section which is quite useful.

The only thing that could have added to it, in my opinion, is the choreography notes (perhaps even on screen) for the performance to Layla.

What can beginners get out of this? Everything in one easy solid package.

What can intermediate dancers get out of it? A good reference, and a workout plus drill.

It's unbelievable value for money.
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113 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bellydance tutorial February 7, 2007
If you are unable to go for a "live" class, this DVD helps you get the basics down and introduces you to bellydance with beautiful step-by-step tutorials. A major plus point of the DVD is that it contains a full 2.5 hours of material. Yes, two and a half HOURS.

It is set in a studio - with a wall-to-wall mirrors on the front, at an angle .. so essentially you the viewer can see the moves from the front and the back. You will miss nothing of the footwork or body and arm movements, and this is very important especially with bellydancing.

This setting is a major plus as it does make it feel like you are "in" the studio. The instructor, Jenna, also helps contribute to this, with her nice pleasing speech and manner .. so that it feels like a 1-on-1 class (but in your living room!). She is also not very intimidating - unlike most fitness videos or even bellydancing videos.

It starts off with the absolute basics - with each body part done individually - the shoulders, the legs, the hips etc. All the movements are done or should I say, introduced separately before combining them together as you move further along with the DVD.

I highly recommend this, especially since it seems like such a steal for the amount of content you get in the DVD.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best beginner dvd! January 15, 2007
By P. Hand
I love this dvd! Jenna is so clear and concise in her instruction. She stands in front of a huge mirror so you can see her at all times, including her feet. I have been taking lessons for 5 months but this is a must own dvd. As the title says she starts with the basics, such as posture and arm and hand positions. She takes it all the way through to hip drops,foot patterns and everything in between. She then has practice combinations with or without voice instructions. There are also sub catergories to choose from for even more practice and instructions. Jenna is pretty, very likable and has a pleasant voice and teaches real dance moves, NOT counting 1,2,3--1,2,3--which I dislike in other dvds. I have a couple other good beginner dvds, but this is the one I reach for everyday! If you want a REAL beginner teaching dvd that breaks down every move from A-Z then Jenna is the one!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good For Beginners December 21, 2007
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This is the only instructional Belly Dance DVD that I own (as opposed renting) so I'm not sure how helpful my opinion will be overall. But from my perspective as a beginner to formal belly dance training, this DVD is an excellent supplement to my weekly classes.

What I like best about this DVD is that it really is like having a no-frills, personalized lesson with Jenna. My studio is much focused on clean execution of movements and proper body arrangement when you're a beginner and that seems to be Jenna's focus as well. As someone who is new to BD, but not new to the world of dance, I find that's the best thing to build a dance-foundation on. She points out common mistakes where beginners can go wrong, which is super-helpful. She also breaks things down very well so that you can understand exactly how your body is supposed to be moving, as well as performing the movements at different angels so you can get maximum benefit.

The DVD is also sectioned off well, which is great when you want to work on one small section. She also has a good amount of detail for each movement, which is nice. I never felt rushed or confused at to what I was supposed to be doing.

I saw some other review where people complained about lack of performance. I thought that was odd since this is an instructional DVD. If you want to see performance material, then I highly recommend "Bellydance Superstars", "Shake it Up: Exotic Bellydance Performances", or Salimpour's "Scheherazade". If you want to have a good foundation for belly dance, pick up this DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting and entertaining
Published 19 hours ago by Grazyna A. Zielinska
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not exactly what I was expectung in terms of the exercises provided, but it was okay.
Published 4 days ago by The Blue Diva Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great for some-one new to belly dance
Published 7 days ago by keepbuying
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like this dvd on belly dance. She really teach you.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. Mr.. Mumford Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars although the dancer makes it look so easy, many steps are involved to...
I listen to a lot of belly dancing music, I thought I'd give the dancing part a try. It's a bit confusing, although the dancer makes it look so easy, many steps are involved to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by formernyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Although I appreciate the instructions, it was kind of ...
Although I appreciate the instructions, it was kind of hard to follow the moves without the right perspective---that is, actually being in the classroom.
Published 2 months ago by EbbyT
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice, very nice!
Published 2 months ago by AD Petisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
She really broke down all the moves, so I was able to get a feel for it. She is super detailed, which is perfect when you are a beginner.
Published 4 months ago by Kathleen A. West
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality!
I was furious when I wasn't able to watch this in my DVD player OR even in my laptop. I wasted my money didn't really realize I can return it because I was a new member, but I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Veronica
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough, moves quickly
The DVD is divided into sections so you can focus on isolations, compound movements or go straight to choreography. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss Bert
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