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Belly Dance For Beginners
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Taught by world-renowned Egyptian belly dancer, Leila of Egypt, Belly Dance for Beginnersis divided into three sections:
Section I, the fundamentals of belly dance - posture, arm movements, hip movements, undulations and shimmies.
In Section II you'll incorporate movement with the Egyptian walk, moving circles and moving shimmies.
In Section III you'll follow Leila as she performs sensual, energizing or relaxing belly dance routines.
Belly Dance for Beginners Highlights:
- Easy-to-follow instruction, suitable for all body types and fitness levels
- Original music and instruction from one of Egypt's, and the world's, most popular belly dance star and instructor
- Sessions ranging from 10 to 30 minutes
- Improve your fitness and increase confidence while mastering the fundamentals of Egyptian style belly dance
- Learn several full dance routines Includes a full-length performance by Leila incorporating the moves learned on the DVD.
Top Customer Reviews
She is really good at showing you how to do things with examples that are easy to understand. The presentation works well as she shows things from all sides when describing what to do, such as how much movement is needed. Very warm personality that is realy enjoying showing me how to Belly Dance.
Leila is funny, unassuming, and wholly natural behind the camera. She doesn't put on a saccharine, obviously fake smile. One gets the notion that she is simply being herself. Yet, she explains each move slowly, telling the viewer which muscles should feel the work.
The primary strength of this DVD to me is the sheer amount of time Leila spends on each set of movements. For example, the hip circles section is about 37 minutes. She starts with the simplest movements and drills them (but gently, and in a fun, companionable way so that one doesn't feel one has been ordered about by a drill sergeant.) Without my noticing it, I was able to increase my range of motion and execution of the move. She then moves to the more complicated movements, one step at a time, until before one knows it, one is doing horizontal and vertical figure 8s. This is a move I have never before been able to execute - but keep in my age and my reforming couch-potato lifestyle.
The entire DVD is about 4 hours in length, so one gets a great bang for one's buck, and it's all instruction that coordination-challenged folks like me can assimilate. Her warm and thorough presentation of the basic movements is superb.Read more ›
Then there are three main sections - Basic Movements, Intergrated Movements and Dances To Follow.
Basic movements has sections which cover Posture, Arms, Hip Circles, Hip Pushes, Basic Shimmies and Basic Camels. Leile builds on each movement in each section and then at the end puts the moves together. Leila will show the moves from different angles so you can see what she is doing, and does not say "left" or "right" and shows "one side" then "the other" so it makes it easy to follow. The movements are Moving with Shimmies, Egyptian Walk and Moving with Hip Circles. Then there are three more dances to follow and improvise to. There is no instruction on the last three dances - Leila explains this is how dance is often taught when you learn more. There is also a perfomance by Leila to watch which is beautiful.
I have started to feel like I am able to do some of the Basics fairly well and gaining coordination.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really good primer for belly dance. I own several other DVDs on this subject and they are good but this is really good. Read morePublished 14 days ago by PinkPearls
This is bad. The videos in the "related video shorts" actually belong to Irina Akulenko, so it has nothing to do with the quality of this video. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lady Nudge
This is a great video with detailed instructions and easy to navigate menuPublished 1 month ago by Maureen L. Miller
Leila is a great teacher. I've learned so much following her dvd. I practice several times a week with this dvd. Love it!Published 1 month ago by G. O'dell
I bought this for my grandmother because she wanted to learn belly dancing for an upcoming pageant. This DVD is excellent for beginners. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronda M