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Created by Ariellah, star performer and instructor of tribal fusion-style bellydance, the Contemporary Belly Dance and Yoga Conditioning DVD combines three vital components of bellydance training:
*a physical conditioning regimen to develop flexibility and strength;
*two sets of bellydance technique drills - basic and advanced - for improved muscle control and precision in executing bellydance isolations;
*a sequence of contemporary bellydance combinations complete with transitions to form an elegant and evocative modern choreography.
Whichever form of belly dance you choose, this training system lays a solid foundation. The flexibility and muscle conditioning section of the program consists of 3 yoga sessions that can be used as a warmup/cooldown or as a stand-alone daily yoga practice:
*Short yoga warmup (8 min.)
*Full yoga warmup (20 min.)
*Yoga cool down (8 min.)
The Yoga sessions focus on building lower body strength and opening the hips to achieve ease and precision in bellydance hipwork. A number of exercises open the chest and increase back flexibility to enhance torso isolations and make dance movement sinuous and fluid.
Belly dance technique drills (75 min.) include hipwork, upper body work, combined hips/upper body isolations and arms/hips coordination. They also include adding level changes to torso isolations and layering hipwork on traveling steps.
The style Ariellah brings to choreographic work is contemporary Tribal Fusion bellydance. She breaks down six combinations, step-by-step, consisting of multiple movements and transitions.
The combination sequence forms a choreography, practiced to two different songs, to encourage creative adaptation of steps and transitions set to music.
The performance section offers 3 spectacular Tribal Fusion / Gothic bellydance performance pieces.
The program is set to ethereal ambient and club music with a flavor of magic and dark mystery, including tracks by Assemblage 23, Die Form, Knossos, Lumin, Soil and Eclipse, Solace, and Stellamara.
Ariellah performs belly dance all over the world. Ariellah studied classical ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance of London for twelve years and has studied and performed belly dance for the past six years, both with Janine Ryle of Danse Mahgreb and as a founding member of The Indigo with Rachel Brice. Her style infuses traditional Middle Eastern dance with a modern, very dark flavour, that is uniquely her own. Ariellah is featured on many DVDs and continues to teach and perform worldwide.
I bought this as a tool for my belly dance home practice. The drills can seem a bit tedious at times, but it's nice to really learn and perfect the basics. Read morePublished 19 days ago by BL
I love this DVD, but even better taking a few classes with her in person has been a blessing. If you are looking for real dark gothic fusion tribal belly dance you will find it all... Read morePublished 3 months ago by matthew allen gomes
This is a fun dvd. I'm new to belly dancing and this dvd was my first experience. I wanted something completely different to add some variety to my fitness routine. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karin Brown
The learning material is good but the menus or interface is really subpar even for amateur productions.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the content. Great exercise and training. A video I would like to use routinely...except....the problem with playback.
This is why I only gave it 4 stars. Read more
This video takes the boot camp approach to belly dancing and pushes you to drill the moves for long periods of time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. H. Shott
Now that I live in an upstairs apartment, this comes in handy. I enjoy the yoga section, both the exercises and the music are pleasant. Read morePublished 18 months ago by The Inked Butterfly