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Belly Dance For Beginners (2010)

Leila , Michael Wohl  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Leila
  • Directors: Michael Wohl
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bodywisdom Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TK80FC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Belly dance is fun, exciting, sensual and suitable for all body types and fitness levels. With this centuries old art form you' ll improve muscle tone, increase flexibility and range of motion while achieving better posture and a new sense of confidence and self-expression.

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.

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311 of 317 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous April 21, 2010
By May
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If you are a beginner Belly Dancer looking for some good instruction this DVD is incredible I wish I had it along time ago..The instructor is absolutely wonderful and really explains the moves...This DVD has a wonderful section in the beginning on arms and hands which I wish I had a long time ago..Well worth the money plenty of information..The only thing I wish it had was a section on walking undulation I may have missed this part but will go through it again today...This DVD was well put together...I hope she puts out more as she is very easy to understand and packed with information...I will purchase any and all that she puts out...I have a huge collection of DVD's and this is a keeper won't sit and collect dust...Better than those DVD's that I spent &40.00 on...
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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 10, 2010
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If you have ever wanted to try Belly Dance, this is a perfect selection. I had been considering to do it for awhile and after some looking, settled on this one two months ago or so. Since then I have been learning and having fun.

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.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to belly dance January 3, 2011
By Saga
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I admit it. I am a klutz, born with two left feet. I'm nearly 50 and I'm not in the best shape. I have taken belly dance classes in the past, and I despaired of ever being able to attempt it. Enter Leila of Cairo.

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.
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139 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Belly Dance DVD March 6, 2010
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This DVD has a couple of short sections to start - general introductions and cautions plus an interview with Leila, which provides a good overview of what to expect and things to keep in mind.

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.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Superb November 20, 2010
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I have been practicing belly dance on and of for several years. I have attended one formal class session and what little I know is through DVD instruction. By now, I have an extensive belly dance instruction DVD collection and gotten to know what the market offers pretty well. With this said, this instructional DVD is one of the best I have purchased. What you get for the price and Leila's method of instruction is what makes this DVD more than worth it. While the DVD is not perfect, Leila's method of instruction is and that is what matters if your serious about learning and cannot attend formal classes like me. For example, I have back problems so learning the camel as well as other moves have been a struggle but the way Leila explained it, explaining were to put your focus and intention, the safety tips given and ease of movement cause me to do it and I felt no strain on my back and was actually pretty amazed at how good it look so then I was thrilled. Another example, I thought something was wrong with me because after all this years I could not get the shimmies then after watching her section on shimmies something clicked and there I was shimming with no strain on my knees because she explains were the energy focus needs to be. The background music is great and very upbeat. She shares her thoughts about femininity and has a beautiful performance at the end. Loved the costume. Oh! and this is Egyptian style Belly Dancing. I love this DVD and highly recommended.
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