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Belly Dance Party, with Neon - Belly dance for party dancing, Belly dance for social dancing, Beginner belly dance routines, Belly dance instruction (1000)

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  • Actors: Neon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • 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: May 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CSBK2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Hot belly dance combinations for club and party dancing. First dance instruction DVD to offer concurrent head-on and from-the-back images of the instructor during practice.

Cool, sexy dance combinations can be learned separately or as a club-ready belly dance routine that is also a graceful aerobic workout. Take 10 lessons step-by-step, or just follow Neon in full-length practice sessions: choose from 3 tempos! Animated graphic rendering of dance moves helps you understand the steps, and explains how to teach them to your friends at a party.

If you are not yet familiar with belly dance, this program will introduce you to the belly dance vocabulary. It is also a great mini exercise routine. Belly dance will increase the flexibility of your body and enhance your natural grace in movement both on and off the dancefloor. Try it and see for yourself: Belly dance is a whole aesthetic system that can change your life in most amazing ways.

Planning a party with bellydancing? First learn a few of these combinations - the ones you like best - with a couple of your friends. Then perform them at the party and teach the whole gang. Hold a belly dancing contest. It's OK if you win because, hey: It's your party!


It's the kind of program that will reward practice but will still look good on the enthusiastic beginner. -- Amanda DeWees, DVD Verdict

Neon treats bellydancing as something that's fun to do, but she also offers detailed explanations and tips for proper technique. --Shira, Dance Critic, Historian, Instructor

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real dancing, real fast July 4, 2004
This DVD goes with the two other Neon DVDs from her "Instant Belly Dancer" set, "Curves" and "Hipwork Plus". It uses the same teaching method and visuals, the geometric shapes that follow "trajectories" of bellydance movements. Unlike the "Instant Belly Dancer" DVDs, geometric illustrations are given only for more difficult movements. What I like most about this DVD is that the cute "Belly Dance Party" routine consists of 10 separate mini-dances that are particularly easy to learn and show to others. The whole idea of the DVD is not only teach you the dances, but to enable you to teach your friends how to do these dances too, instantly. To test out this idea I actually took the two easiest (for me) combinations (they all look really sexy and impressive), learned them the best I could on a Sunday morning, and just went out and started dancing them at my girlfriend's wedding reception that same afternoon. You can dance them to any music. It absolutely worked: I ended up teaching the same moves to all the women at the reception including grandmothers. The "instant gratification" aspect is real. Neon teaches real dancing, real fast. If you are a fan of the Instant Belly Dancer DVDs, this one is for you.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Building Blocks-Great Production! October 12, 2004
What is different and wonderful about this DVD is the way it is set up. Most DVDs take you through a main choreography, or a series of movements without drilling the way that the movements connect. I was happy to see the building block system, since that is how I teach beginning classes.

The DVD is divided into ten different mini-routines, which can be quickly learned by beginners (there are some intermediate movements, but they can be easily substituted). There is also a practice section, where you get to dance along with Neon as she goes through each mini-routine, at three different paces. This is a DVD that won't get dusty on your shelf!

Neon's teaching style is also very explicit and easy to follow. She mentions both the way to properly execute the move, and also which muscles to focus for maximum effect. The production is wonderful here! The lighting is clear and bright, and handy diagrams are placed over each move to show direction! Fabulous!

Neon is also one of the most fluid dancers I have seen in some time, and there is a lovely section where you can sit back watch her dance with a balanced tray of flowers. I didn't even mind the swirly background, it seemed to work somehow--I'm sure this is a credit to the editing.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great belly dance class! April 10, 2005
This DVD is very effective as a belly dancing jumpstart for beginners. Twice I gave it as a gift to friends who were new to belly dance, and in no time they were doing the "arabic hip walk" and all the other 3/4 bellydance hip isolations and travel steps Neon teaches in this video, things I used to think were difficult for beginners. Neon's unique teaching method is the key. She takes challenging moves, breaks them down into simple linear "trajectories" and shows them in diagrams overlaid on her body . Another key is that each and every move is taught in some kind of a combination with another move. As in learning a language, it's the way you connect the words that really creates the meaning. I think the comparison to language learning is real: Neon has a masters degree in linguistics. So, very uniquely for a dance instructor, she teaches dance like a foreign language immersion course. You speak it and think in it - right from the start.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neon makes it easy! November 17, 2005
"Belly Dance Party" is a fantastic way to learn the basics of belly dancing, with Neon giving precise and clear instruction, as she demonstrates in this well produced DVD. She stands before a completely black background, so one can perfectly see every move, and one is also aided by the occasional graphic in the form of circles and arrows. Neon is an exquisite dancer, with a sculpted figure, incredible grace, and a technique that is a marvel. Born in Moscow, Neon speaks with a softly Russian accented English, and has a very pleasing voice, which adds to the overall enjoyment of learning to belly dance with this DVD.

The Combinations:

Neon gives us 10 combinations to learn, which we can learn individually or sequentially, and the choreography is well balanced and uses the entire body, so that no single part gets overly tired, unlike some belly dance instruction DVDs I have tried by other teachers. One can learn these combinations alone or in a group, and they can also be a marvelous body workout. The total time for this instruction is approximately 63 minutes.

The Practice: There are 3 speeds one can practice the combinations in, and in this section, Neon dances with us facing front as well as back, which is very helpful. This section runs in a loop, so you can practice for as long as you like without needing the remote control to replay it.

Extras: "Welcome," where Neon talks about the combinations, the various ways you can learn them, and what belly dancing can do for your life, by increasing your coordination, and much more. "The Arrival," where Neon shows her artistry in a number where she dances with a tray of lit candles on her head.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars :(
I didn't think this video would be as poorly done as it was. It wasn't very useful for exercise so it went back on the shelf.
Published 22 months ago by J. Wilfong
4.0 out of 5 stars I know how to Belly Dance
The belly dance party DVD is nice and easy, If you know how to move your hips around and lock your belly, and drop your hip one at a time, then you will think it's easy to catch... Read more
Published on February 19, 2010 by Truth Like no Other
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, poorly organized
I only watched this video twice, i cant get past how boring she is. The techniques are ...nice. She's not detailed enough when she's explaining the movements. Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd but good
From the product description, I was not expecting club music or an instructor with a Russian accent. But it worked out. Belly dancing is hard! Read more
Published on August 3, 2007 by jaykayshay
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This is a great Belly Dance instructional/fitness DVD. I Love Neon's dance style; she is a fabulous instructor and she gives you a great workout. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by Shahla
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Just that you cannot learn all of those combinations in just one night if you do not have any experience in bellydancing whatsoever... Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by M. COMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
This was my first bellydance dvd ever and I am glad for the foundation. The combinations are broken down completely and the visual angles are great which allow for an an easy... Read more
Published on September 7, 2006 by Seir
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost there
I first saw Neon in her 'Instant Belly Dancer' dvd checked out from the library, and liked it so much I bought this one. Read more
Published on August 18, 2006 by K. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
i work out regularly and am in pretty good shape - i don't have a perfect bod, but i'm not in anyway unhealthy or an exercise beginner. Read more
Published on August 3, 2006 by Claire M
4.0 out of 5 stars A Belly Dance Virgin's Opinion
I purchased this DVD as an unusual activity for an upcoming "girls night" party. None of the guests (including myself) have any previous experience with bellydancing. Read more
Published on July 14, 2006 by girlwithacurl
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