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Bellydance Superstars-Killer Drillz With Zoe Jakes

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Editorial Reviews

Joe Jakes is known for her strong technique, drill sergeant style workshops, and her ability to break down each movement for greater understanding by students of any level. This practice companion was developed with that in mind, and is for the dancer looking to excel at their technique. It is formatted with dancers of all levels in mind, going from basic movement to layering and hitting all levels in between, with a workshop style teaching setting. Students have the option of following along with Zoe's thorough explanation, or may go ahead to the drilling section, where each movement is drilled continuously with no stopping (no need to hit rewind!) So if you are feeling stuck and needing a practice companion to help you reach that next level in your dance, this is for you!!!

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  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B004RBC5VA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By *Samantha* on June 18, 2011
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I've been fortunate enough to take workshops with Zoe in the past, including a 4 hour intensive on drills at Tribal Fest 11. This DVD comes close to the real thing, very close. It's 93 mins long and only includes 1 short performance (I hate drills DVDs that are filled with performances or nonsense - I want to dance!). The set is clean and simple and the camera is behind Zoe while she looks in a mirror. This angle allows you to feel like you're in class with her - which I love. There are 7 sections with just Zoe then 4 with a group of dancers.

I would give it a B+ overall, I will definitely be using this often as a practice companion!

The Zoe sections break down as follows:
Warm Up - full body waves, full body warm-up - 5 mins approx.

Warm Up 2 - relevé, hip warm-up, foot placement - lots of good tips and hip explanations - 10 mins approx.

Chest - understanding "neutral" - diaphragm work, helping chest locks and pop look crisp - 5 mins

Shoulders - hands versus shoulders (they don't have to move together!) - rolls, 1 shoulder fig 8s 5 mins approx.

Arms - good arm stretches to disengage the head and shoulders from arm movements, fluidity (snake arms) 5 mins

Layer(ing)- Locks with shimmies, arms, chest etc. With locks and layers 5 mins

Belly - Belly rolls, breathing for good rolls - 5 mins

The group section is shot a little funny (Zoe facing students, camera behind Zoe). The set looks a little squished, but the drills are fun. The students are all fantastic LA dancers - notably gems like Calamity Sam and Heather Shoopman!

Those drills are broken down into 4 categories:

Hips- Hip locks and pops along with isolations- 15 mins

Chest- Chest isolations and layers- 15 mins approx

Shoulders- Shoulder / arm / hand isolations and layers-15 mins approx

Shimmy- 15 mins of shimmy-goodness. My fav!
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By evol_v on June 29, 2011
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Zoe Jakes is a charming and graceful instructor, whose dvd is a well-planned thing, which could have been better executed. She is VERY verbal, talking non-stop, and painstakingly showing correct positions while slowly going through the drills. She makes a few errors as she speaks, but instead of doing another take, she corrects herself, occasionally laughing at her own flub. This might get annoying with repeated viewings. The group drills definitely flow better than the individual instruction section, with no stopping to explain technique, but the viewer is confused by the strange angles. Zoe faces her students and everyone is filmed at a sort of sideways angle to the camera. Speaking of camera, at times the cameraman focuses on Zoe's upper body during a drill (and also, unforgivably, during Zoe's performance.) It might take me several viewings to figure out some of these drill sequences. This is not a dvd for beginners, but for more intermediate students of tribal style belly dance. In summary, I like this dvd, but I wish there could be some kind of training manual for people who film instructional dance dvds. Rule #1: We need to see the instructor's entire body!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Fletcher on July 11, 2011
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This DVD is just drillz. There is a performance by Zoe on the DVD, but it's not broken down for you to follow. You get exactly what it says on the package- a series of drillz. And they are good ones.

However, you do have to follow the step by step instructions before you go on to the actual practice session. Zoe doesn't go over the movement before she launches straight into the drill. And this is a bit of a problem because she doesn't explain which direction she is going to start the drill before she starts it. Sometimes there is confusion (for me) when Zoe is going back to neutral or going in a backwards direction with chest work or hip work. It's not really explained.

Also, this DVD is not highly produced. It very much appears to have been recorded all in one day with no cuts. Seriously, there is almost no editing to make for cleaner instruction. Often during the drill section, Zoe will say "Start" than have to stop and wait for the music to catch up then say "Start" again. Or she'll get confused about which direction the movement was supposed to start and the DVD just left that in.

I can't help but compare this to Rachel Brice's newest DVD- Serpentine.Serpentine - Belly Dance with Rachel Brice :: Bellydance Technique & Yoga for Strong, Relaxed & Sinuous Movement Where Zoe's DVD production value is low, Rachel's is very high.

Rachel recorded voice overs for many of the movements (especially the yoga) that allows you to more clearly hear the explanation for the movement and the count while Rachel demonstrates the movement without speaking on the screen.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cayenne on August 25, 2011
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The camera angles, the multiple mistakes (stopping and starting), not being able to fully see the instructor, etc. are all good reasons to edit a production (especially if you want the general public to buy it). It doesn't seem that step was taken with this dvd. The 'class setting' would have been fine if the person front and center of the 'class' had been the instructor of whom which you should be able to see the full presence - duh!

Other reviewers hit it straight on that the issues with this production makes it almost unusable. For example during the shimmy section there was supposed to be a spectacular lower body shimmy drill that the viewer was supposed to follow along with. Well how can the viewer follow along with this DRILL if the only camera angle at that time is fixed on Zoe's upper body?

Perhaps they can go back and edit the multiple problem areas of this production and replace the dvds of those of us that think we've just wasted our money. Certainly, when I make mistakes at work, I'm expected to correct them!
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