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Combin-ography - Bridging the gap between choreography and improvisation - belly dance


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Setting out on the journey into the of belly dance students are routinely presented with technique drills and choreography, but are often left with a significant gap in their education in regard to improvised performance and creating dance.

In Combin-ography Bahaia will share her unique approach to bridging the gap between choreography and improvisation. In this DVD we will study elements of dance paired with steps and combinations. You ll learn new moves, but also deeper purpose and core concepts such as pacing your performance, spatial awareness, direction change, body line, level change, floor patterns, tempo change, repetition, variation, and sequenced movement.

Combin-ography is your recipe for success. You ll have the ingredients and spices you need to create your own delicious dish.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Bahaia
  • Directors: Michelle Joyce
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cheeky Girls Productions
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PJ8290
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bahaia has good advice to give, some fabulous tips, and her combinations are very interesting.
cobras dance
The explanations are lengthy, but I found the information to be very valuable and necessary to understand the concepts fully.
C.C.N.
All the information was very useful and I highly recommend this DVD and all the Cheeky Girls videos.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda in Indiana on October 6, 2009
Wow, I knew when I first saw the video trailer for this DVD it would be Great. However, it far exceeded my expectations. If you've ever admired Bahaia's dance style then I'm confident you will find this dvd a tool that you'll come back to time and again. Not only will you glean some of her beautiful traveling steps, but you will also be equipped with the tools you need to create your own unique dance style for all occasions.

The dvd is chaptered with menus and sub menus so you can navigate to virtually any portion of the lessons with ease. I've tried to write the chapters as they would appear in the menus' and sub menus as follows.

Main menu, has a play all feature or you can select from the following options:

Introduction
Tips and Tricks
-Entering & Exiting the Stage
-Getting Unstuck
-Relaxing your Face
-Body Line
-Preparing for Transitions
-Making it Art
-Your WOW step
-Increasing your Repertoire
-Floor Patterns
Concepts & Exercises 1
-Intensity and then the Exercise (exercises are all tabbed separately too!) Yay!
-Arm Movements & Exercise
-Awareness in Movement & Exercise
The Art of Walking
-One example of a Basic Walk & Exercise
-Basic Walk Variation & Exercise
-Walk with Arabesque & Exercise
-Putting it all Together & Exercise
-Individual (or your choice) Walking Variation Exercise
Concepts and Exercises 2
-Poses & Exercise
-Weight Transfer & Exercise
-Finding Your Signature Step & Exercise
Repetition & Sequenced Movement
-here she talks about patterns in music being translated into patterns in your movement.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By cobras dance on November 29, 2009
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I wish I had owned this when I first started dancing. This is a fantastic dvd for anyone who performs publicly.
Actually, it's a great dvd for anyone who dances.
Bahaia has a lovely easy and relaxed style, and just after one viewing I started to rethink again performing in public.(although that's not likely!)
Bahaia has good advice to give, some fabulous tips, and her combinations are very interesting. She covers all topics from entering and exiting the stage, getting un-stuck, your wow step, intensity of movements, awareness in movement, walks, poses, weight transfer, 21 of these plus exercises for each. Bahaia then covers repetition and sequenced movement with exercises, then follows with combinations and exercises for each combination, with performances at the end.
If you are a teacher, then this would be a must dvd, as it is not often that these subjects are covered in classes, or if they are not in such depth.
and these tips and exercises are so important if you are a performer.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Dance on September 19, 2009
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 2, 2009
This DVD was so much more than I expected. For some reason, I really thought it would be about combinations that you could use while improvising or choreographing, or about building your own combinations. It was about so much more, almost every aspect of performance. The DVD would be great for any level of dancer, and should definitely be part of any performer's library.

The tips & tricks section was great, with Bahaia sharing her top tips for dance creation. She shared some concepts that were new for me, as well as some that I consider very important. I actually wanted to take notes. Also, Bahaia seems very comfortable on screen, and has a great speaking voice.

Bahaia covers some of the same ground as Improvisation Toolkit I. As in Nadira Jamal's Improvisation Toolkit Volume 1: Movement Recall, Bahaia recommends making a list of your repertoire and categorizing those moves. She also talks about how to take your signature step (or any step really), and adding dynamics to it to vary it - doing it stationary, to different directions, changing the timing, level changes, and layering. These sections are great for improving one's improvisational skills.

Bahaia put a big emphasis on walks, those filler steps that can be presented between movements. Beyond explaining their purpose, she taught three types of walks, including the arabesque. Her explanation of foot placement on the arabesque was incredibly useful. Her arabesque is grounded and will prevent knee injury or loss of balance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C.C.N. on January 2, 2010
The content offered on this DVD is very helpful and informative for dancers who wish to learn how to actually dance and perform. The explanations are lengthy, but I found the information to be very valuable and necessary to understand the concepts fully. Lots of tips on understanding your audience, how to improvise, what to do when you get "stuck", how to create presence and energy in your dance, etc.

Unfortunately there are a couple of chapters, that are weak on a clear visual example or commentary to help fully understand the concept being explained. For example, "Entering & Exiting the Stage" ...the importance of "why" is covered but there is no visual example, therefore, the viewer has no understanding what a great entrance or exit should look like. On the bright side, I don't think this will prevent one from getting the "gist of it."

As for the other chapters, they are clear and complete with visual examples, and packed with information. In particular, I thought the Art of Walking, Finding Your Signature Step, Weight Transfer, Repetition & Sequenced Movement, Body Line, and the Combinations were very well done. The information and excercises were interesting and helpful. I have been taking classes for a few years now, with no real idea how to put it all together to "dance." This has given me a new understanding and the tools to do it.

Overall, I would recommend this DVD, as a "must have" for your dance library....especially for the beginner to advanced beginner.

NOTE-It's teaching concentrates more on how to create and pull together your "dance". If you are looking for new combinations, try Combination Nation 1 or 2.
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