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Fantasy Belly Dance: MAGIC! with Ariellah, Autumn Ward, and Isidora Bushkovski - Intermediate-advanced bellydance instruction from the artists of World Dance New York


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  • Actors: Isidora Bushkovski, Autumn Ward, Ariellah
  • Directors: Magic: Fantasy Bellydance
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00126XQDY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Fantasy Belly Dance instructional series consists of 3 DVDs: Each program teaches 3 dances by 3 instructors. Dance styles presented range from classic belly dance to Fusion, Tribal, and Gothic. The instructional level of all three DVDs is intermediate-advanced.

Each choreography conjures up an evocative archetypal image, and emphasizes story-telling through dance. In addition to a full breakdown of every choreography, each segment includes a demonstration of each dance, as well as a full theater performance in costume.

Additional features enrich each instructor's section, such as tips on props use (hand veils, sword, Isis wings), conditioning for dance, expression and projection, developing meaningful dance, creating sacred space for dance, the value of dance as a personal ritual, and more.)

Instruction includes step-by-step breakdown of each dance and practice with music (or music and vocal prompts) for each combination.

1. FANTASY BELLY DANCE: MYSTERY - Transformation, secret realms, illusive mystery with a dark edge.

Dance 1: Serpent (Neon)

Dance 2: Shadow - Tribal Fusion (Sera)

Dance 3: Phoenix (Wings of Isis) (Ayshe)

2. FANTASY BELLY DANCE: DESIRE - Sensuality, passion, enticement, goddess.

Dance 1: Nymph (Blanca)

Dance 2: Salome - Tribal Fusion (Naraya)

Dance 3: Temple Priestess - Tribal Fusion (Darshan)

3. FANTASY BELLY DANCE: MAGIC - Regal presence, secret knowledge, powerful spell.

Dance 1: Enchantress - (Autumn Ward)

Dance 2: Warrior Princess (sword) - (Isidora Bushkovski)

Dance 3: Kali /Creator-Destroyer- Tribal Fusion / Gothic (Ariellah)

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Isidora calls the sword dance "Powerful...elegant...beautiful...fierce."
Alejandra Vernon
The "Warrior Princess" also includes some nice martial art movements, it gives the dance a powerful mood.
C.C.N.
The instruction is always clear from the instructors, the quality is very good.
Rom Deussen

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C.C.N. on April 3, 2008
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The "Magic" DVD of the Fantasy Bellydance series consists of three intermediate/advanced dance choreographies based on an esoteric, archetypal character or concept- an enchantress, a warrior princess, and a dark goddess. Each dancer gives her interpretation and inspiration behind each dance but also encourages the at-home-dancer to take the choreography and interpret it, to make it your own.

Each choreography segment is broken down into:
- a costumed performance
- the story behind the choreography
- Demonstration
- Complete step-by-Step breakdown of choreography (with repetitions and
cues).
(Note: You need to already have a foundation in bellydance. The choreography is broken down but not to extreme detail of each movement -ex: how to do a figure eight, hip square, etc.)

The instruction is straightforward and easy to understand. There is plenty of repetition also, so you can practice each combination as you learn each part of the complete dance. Isidora's section gives alot of great tips for the sword, from how to strengthen your movements to how to handle the sword. The "Warrior Princess" also includes some nice martial art movements, it gives the dance a powerful mood. I LOVED Autumn Ward's interpretation of the Enchantress. Her dance has a feminine, earthly quality that captivates. Autumn also does some fantastic zill-work. Unfortunately, she does not cover how to play the zill patterns along with the dance. Ariellah's "Kaili" is fantastic--she flows like a dark vapor.

Overall, I felt this is an excellent DVD---Great dancers, instruction, choreographies, music, and production quality. It definitely has inspired me to try something new. If you are looking for something outside the box of the typical bellydance choreography, this would be a fun DVD to try.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rom Deussen on April 1, 2008
Please read my reviews on the other 2 DVD's in this series.

Pro's: At 2 hours, a great value. I love the fact it teaches a bit of everything in the series--sword, isolations/tribal fusion, gothic, wings, hand veil, etc. The instruction is always clear from the instructors, the quality is very good. Also, while there are no choreographies I said, "I MUST learn that," there were several things from each one that I can use, which is great.

Con's: Only one, in the fact that the camerawork during the performance, such as Ariellah's, shows the rigging for the lights and backdrop...meant to be shown but my ADHD brain just refocuses on it.

Autumn Ward is the Enchantress. Her costume is like Gaia, with Mother Nature themes--a flesh colored underlayer with green leaves and a woven overlayer. Pretty work intensive! The choreography has a great rising up from the floor, but in the performance, as my son was watching it, he simply said, "Like a tree in an earthquake." May be the best summation (as opposed to a Nell-ish "tree in the wind"). I haved liked Autumn's work very much, and I understand this is fantasy bellydance, but there is some pretty serious shaking (not shimmying, but an arms/torso swaying) at some points. However, there is also a sudden punctuation of a pulling in of the abdomen, drawing up the knee, that is beautiful and poetic. I just can't get into the wild abandon movements. A good comparison would be Laura Rose on the Gothic BD II DVD, but a bit faster. Her expressions are very good as well, and like with all instructors, her teaching is clear. However if this is your first time seeing Autumn and you did not bond with the performance, check out her drum solo work.

Isidora Bushkovski is a great dancer, and here is the Warrior Princess.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2008
This is the final DVD of a set of 3, and each disc has 3 solos taught by 3 expert dancers. The DVDs have a variety of styles and are a treasure for intermediate-advanced students; they will get a lot out of the instruction, and definitely have something to inspire them to go forward in their studies. It's great that there is the option for just viewing the performances too, to see the level of artistry all 3 dancers have, within their very unique styles and techniques. The 3 dances are first demonstrated, and then broken down in sections, making it easy to learn the choreography, as well as the stylistic nuances required for each piece. The 3 pieces in this DVD require strength, agility and power, as well as a sword for "Warrior Princess"!

1: "Enchantress" is danced and taught by Autumn Ward, and in the performance she uses cymbals, so if you are adept at using them, this is your chance to learn a fascinating dance to go along with your cymbals, as it adds a lot to the choreography. This dance has powerful torso movements, almost reminding me of the afro-jazz I danced many years ago. Be prepared for a workout! And Autumn explains every movement with crisp and clear language so you won't miss a single step. Autumn is very versatile and is known for her "Cabaret Fusion Style." Music used is "Garden Play" by Earthbeat.

2: "Warrior Princess" is Isidora Bushkovski's fabulous sword dance, and her skill is amazing. Isidora calls the sword dance "Powerful...elegant...beautiful...fierce." It is all those things and looks a little dangerous too! I have never worked with a sword, and will probably just settle for watching this fabulous dance (Isidora gives a lot of tips on handling the sword safely).
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