The list author says: "I hope my personal experiences can help you if you are entering now in the world of belly dance. There are so many options out there a beginner could find him/herself lost on them. Let me introduce you to some items I have used, watched or owned."
"Jillina has spent more than 20 years dancing and teaching. Her DVDs are the best ones I have ever found to learn the basics of belly dance. This one is great if you are an absolute beginner. Each one of them include warm up, technique, combinations, coreography and a 10-minute performance by Jillina, live and in full costume."
"I would not recommend this one for an absolute beginner. This DVD is a really good tool to learn some Middle Eastern rhythms. Issam explains them and Sonia teachs you the right movements to fit with the music. This is a long lesson, more than 1 hour. At the end, you learn a complete coreography. The DVD also includes a CD with music by Issam."
"These are excellent workout videos, but DON'T BUY THEM if you don't know how to belly dance! In these programs, the movements are explained very quickly, and then there are fast repetitions of those movements to work the muscles, and after that, a fitness routine, but you don't actually learn how to dance properly with them."
"A live belly dance performance is very different from a performance shot in studio. This is a must-have, even if you are not a fan of the Superstars. It has it all: fusion, Isis wings, tribal, drum solos, classical Egyptian, cane dances..."
"The best thing about this DVD is that you can choose the way you want to see the dance: the director's cut, with close-ups of the dancer and her costume, or the dancer's cut, a whole view of the dancer during the performance, to study the movements or the coreography. You only need to use the Angle button of your remote."
"One of the Bellydance Superstars puts together a complete fitness routine that includes belly dance steps. You can learn the movements and build your own routines. Ilustrated with lots of pictures. The book includes a CD with music selected by Rania."
"The founder of Fat Chance Belly Dance teach us how to dance classic American Tribal Style (ATS). Some pictures. The book includes a CD with music, an instructional DVD, and a full set of finger cymbals."
"This is a study made by Rafael Perez Arroyo about how could have been the music in the time of the Pharaohs. You'll hear here women vocalizing, soft instruments, some drumming, but you CAN NOT dance with this CD. If you enjoy the rawness of Gregorian Chants, you'll probably like it."
"One of my first purchases out of the classics, and I have never regreted it. It's a compilation made by the Superstars of some songs they have used to create their coreographies. In fact, you can hear most of them in the Bellydance Superstars DVD."
"As it says in the back of the cover, "this is a journey that blends Middle Eastern samples with ambient Western chill-out and down-tempo stylings". With the contribution of Issam Houshan. I love the last song, Om Om."
"This CD is not for everyone. This music is a mix of techno, industrial club and some Middle Eastern rhythms. You CAN NOT dance cabaret style or classic tribal with this. The only classic song here is a collaboration with Solace called Cybelle."
"His last released CD, includes some of his works for the Bellydance Superstars featured in Solos from Monte Carlo, The Art of the Drum Solo, and others. The doumbek is the musical instrument of this CD. Perfect for drum solos."