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Cocktail: The Classic Cabaret Belly dance Workout is a dance-based fitness program created by the New-York-based star bellydance performer and instructor Tanna Valentine. It features 100% belly dance movement and authentic belly dance performance music.
If you are new to belly dance, the 60-minute Tutorial section explains the moves in detail and demonstrates every belly dance step used in the program. You can practice by following Tanna in the Beginner Practice Flow. While in the workout section belly dance moves are arranged in full-fledged dance combinations, the Practice Flow allows you to work on each step individually through a series of simple repetitions to music.
The 30-minute Cocktail workout section is presented by by Tanna and her fellow NYC dancers Giselle and Yoshina. It is designed as both a fitness and an educational experience where you will sample and practice the classic belly dance moves and combinations of cabaret belly dance while working to improve your muscle tone and flexibility, and adding variety to your weight loss or weight maintenance regimen.
The workout structure follows the layout of a typical cabaret belly dance show: An uptempo opening, a moderate-paced lyrical section, a dynamic party-style dance, an expressive and sultry slow cifte-telli, an upbeat sparkling drum solo, and a brief finale. This cycle is repeated twice in the course of the workout to two different soundtracks of classic belly dance music, with the second cycle offering an extra segment featuring the rhythm and steps of Turkish karsilama.
This organic structure of the American Cabaret belly dance show, alternating higher and lower intensity sections, mirrors the interval method of fitness training and makes a great dance-based workout with a focus on muscle conditioning and toning. The variety of dance steps challenges your body to quickly switch between muscle groups and results in an effective and fun fitness experience.
Making time in your life for planned physical fitness is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity, says Tanna Valentine, While many women lead busy lives and are not always motivated to go to the gym, dance-based fitness is highly-motivating because it is more than sweating and burning calories. Along with fitness benefits it provides a vehicle for artistic expression, and also has a strong emotional and spiritual component that brings a release from stress and physical apathy through inspiration and a burst of creative energy. You have to make time for this in your daily life.
Whether you are looking to improve your physical conditioning and enhance your shape, or to learn and practice a wide range of classic cabaret belly dance combinations in preparation for performing on stage or at a night life venue, Tanna's Cocktail workout will support and entertain you on your way toward these goals.
The structure also emulates the 6-part belly dance show: Entrance, slow dance, fast dance, chiftetelli, drum solo, karsilama, and exit. Throughout the workout this structure is present and presents two whole times, each time with a different movement vocabulary. So running Cocktail: The Classic Cabaret Bellydance Workout is like doing a real restaurant belly dance show. Understanding this classic show structure, which is used worldwide, is absolutely indispensable awareness for any dancer who is planning to perform as a professional belly dance entertainer -- so making it your workout, it will become part of you, even aid you in developing both rhythmic and mood improvisations within the context of the classic show structure.
I like this DVD, although it's much harder on my ankles than some other other routines I have. I like the fact that the combinations fit the music, so it's more of a dance context... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristin Kindy
Love the DVD. I have taken belly dance class and the instructions on this DVD go along with what I have learnedPublished 8 months ago by Deborah B.
This is essentially nothing like the first three World Dance NY DVDs I bought ("Luscious", "Love Potion", and "Hard Candy"), but that's not a bad thing. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this as a fun way to try bellydancing (in private!!) for a bit of exercise. This is a professional quality video and she shows you all the steps but I'm sort of... Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Jeff & Wendy S
I'm a total beginner in Belly dancing and this DVD helped me pick up the essentials. Music and choreography are terrific and Tanna's instructions are right on. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by veronica dcosta
Cheap, insightful, fun...easygoing and has a nice flow incorporating layering without making it seem tedious. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Nicole Yoes
A very very good "flow dance" video and I sure hope she makes more. I enjoyed "Silk" also and recommend both to anyone wanting to practicePublished on February 25, 2013 by Dzanna
This is a great program for people who want to exercise but learn dance moves at the same time. Unlike other bellydance exercise programs, this one really is easy to follow. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by apriles78
cabaret? the bellydancing is questionable. honestly this DVD was beyond a disappointment, it was horrible.
Serpentine and A to Zoe are really good DVD's. Read more