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Body By Bellydance

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This DVD is a low-impact fitness routine that is designed to help you target your female fat zones (thighs, tummy and buns). The belly dance workout strengthens and tones while giving you a stronger sense of balance, femininity and beauty.

Women have belly danced for the purpose of health and to celebrate life for thousands of years. Today, the belly dance craze has captured the imagination of women of all shapes, all walks of life, and all fitness levels.

Body By Belly Dance was created because of the overwhelmingly positive response to the belly dance fitness DVD Perfect Hips, also featuring teacher Michelle Joyce. Michelle is a multi award winning belly dancer who has performed around the world, which means you need not travel further than your own living room to learn 100% authentic belly dance. So put on a hip scarf and shimmy your way to a healthy body!

***Please note that this DVD has been re-released under the title "Discover Belly Dance with Michelle Joyce: Fat Burning"***

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michelle Joyce
  • Directors: Michelle Joyce
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Cheeky Girls Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00144Y8XQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Maya F on April 21, 2008
I have bought all of Michelle's DVD and I have never been disappointed. Her persona on camera is excellent and she is an encouraging and educated teacher.

In the past I have been disappointed with "belly dance workout" DVDs because the actual workout is so mild and the instructors usually aren't that skilled in the dance. Michelle is a personal trainer, so she knows what a workout it. I really like that she does some belly dance instruction, but then the takes the moves and changes it up so that you aren't doing classic belly dance. She does all sorts of different variations of the moves that is designed to get the muscles burning. And there is a very good cardio section also (that really is cardio).

If you want to learn classic belly dance, maybe one of her other DVDs would be better designed for that (though you do get a breakdown of technique here too). If you are an exerciser wanting a new workout, this is for you! If you are a belly dancer (like me) and you want to practice the basics while getting in shape, this is for you also!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PhoenyxArts on May 18, 2008
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I really liked the "Perfect Hips" DVD, but I LOVE this one!

The warmup itself is a good "get yourself moving" segment, that even if you didn't have time to do the rest of the exercise sections, it would still loosen you up for your day.

The breakdown of the different types of workouts is excellent. You can tailor your workout to how much time you have, whether you follow the entire DVD, or just a couple of the sections. Michelle explains and breaks down the moves very well for beginners, and a good refresher for people that have been at it for a while.

Most challenging things for me on this DVD were the floor work and abs sections. Definitely some areas there that I can see where I need to improve my strength. Couple times I found myself wanting to scream... "AH, Michelle! You SADIST!" but that just shows me that I need to keep at it.

Funny thing, I gave "Perfect Hips" a 4 star review, and gave my nitpicky reasons why. It seems Michelle must have read it, because those things were addressed in this DVD.

As with all workout DVDs... I recommend paying attention to how your body reacts to the moves. I'm in a lot better shape now than I was a year ago, and I still found things I needed to modify for my level of fitness.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sakcgy on June 10, 2008
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I have purchased my fair share of mediocre to awful belly dance workout videos. After viewing Body By Bellydance I can see that Michelle has clearly put some thought into the making of this video.

I study belly dance...and I love it so much, I rarely feel like doing any other physical activities so I am drawn to DVD's that use belly dance movements for exercise. Many of the movements presented in this video are great for improving core strength, flexibility, cardiovascular etc. I must say I found some of the quadricep, abdominal and undulation work towards the end extremely challenging. This indicates to me that there is a lot of room for improvement in my own belly dance journey. But I find that inspiring, and it only pushes me to work even harder than before!

Even if you aren't a belly dancer, but are looking for a new type of exercise, this DVD has a very good introduction to belly dance technique. Michelle has included a section where she clearly breaks down each movement, so it's a lot easier to pick up. Unlike other belly dance workout DVDs I have where the instructor makes the assumption that everyone watching this DVD is going to execute and understand these movements without any clear explanation.

When I put on this DVD I feel like I am spending time with a good friend. Like her other DVD's, Michelle has a sweet, encouraging and super friendly personality that makes me want to work hard, but have fun at the same time!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Schick on April 14, 2008
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Michelle Joyce is an amazing teacher. She is warm and friendly, but not overly perky and she is not plastic and stiff like some instructers out there. She breaks the moves down into easy to understand segments and I love the way she gives little safety and/or performance tips along the way. There are different sessions depending on your fitness level, which is great! As a beginner, I like that when I have mastered session 1, I can move on and not be bored doing the same thing all the time. As someone looking to stretch my dollar, I appreciate getting multiple workouts in one package! Be sure to check out the video clip offered in another review. It is a very good bite of what this DVD is all about.

Thanks Michelle, for creating yet another stellar workout!
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Dance on March 4, 2008
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Farah on May 10, 2008
Body by Bellydance is a fantastic follow up to Michelle's first workout dvd, Perfect Hips! This dvd not only provides a terrific workout for "problem areas", it also reinforces the basics of bellydance that she introduced us to on its worthy predecessor.

Body by Bellydance is not another one of those intimidating, "why did I even try this?" workout dvds that will end up gathering dust on a shelf or being donated to a thrift shop. It is a truly enjoyable, fun to do, belly dance based workout that will make you feel fit and, most of all, feminine. And, while this workout may be a little challenging in spots, even if you are completely out of shape you can always modify or skip certain moves until you are ready to tackle them.

Again, Michelle's friendly, warm personality comes through in this production making the dvd even more fun to use. When I work with Michelle's dvds (and I have them all!), I feel like I am getting a one on one lesson with a friend who is there to gently encourage me to do my best. I will be forever grateful that Michelle never resorts to those aggravating phrases that you so often hear on fitness/workout dvds. I swear I will scream if I hear "C'mon you can do it! Oh, wow, you're doing great" from an instructor who can't even see me to know whether or not I'm doing great or I've passed out on the floor...

Anyone who is more than bored with the standard fare of workout dvds on the market today will find Body by Bellydance a real breath of fresh air. Thanks once again Michelle for giving us another absolute, must have dvd for our bellydance (and fitness) collections!!!
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