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Floorwork: Bellydance for Body Sculpting, with Tanna Valentine - Belly dance fitness, Belly dance workout classes

Tanna Valentine , CSCS Andy Troy  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tanna Valentine, CSCS Andy Troy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • 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: February 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007U1YEO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Three 15-min. workouts featuring a variety of exotic belly dance moves. Floorwork is a vital part of many fitness systems including yoga and Pilates. Bellydance floorwork offers all the benefits of floor exercises - stretching, toning and strength training - plus the added motivation of learning the aesthetics and techniques of dance. As you exercise, you master the artistry of movement arising from ancient traditions and acquire fluidity and sensual grace - qualities not commonly found in physical fitness routines.

Learn and practice belly dance steps during the workouts, then follow Tanna as she demonstrates her powerful and dramatic dance choreographies. Both earthy and spiritual, bellydance floorwork will add a unique creative experience to your personal fitness program. Each floorwork choreography can be accessed separately for review before your own special performance.

Floorwork refers to that part of a dancer's show where she descends, either gracefully or dramatically, to the floor, and performs a variety of movements there. These movements are intended to be artistically satisfying, but they also serve as an excellent showcase for the dancer's flexibility, strength and muscle control.

Floorwork became very popular in the American Cabaret style of bellydance during the 60's and 70's when many professional dancers included it in their repertoire. However, floorwork is not an American invention. Elements of floorwork can be found in a variety of regional dances throughout the Middle East. One particularly good example is the guedra, a ritual blessing from southern Morocco. The guedra dancer performs on her knees, sinking deeper and deeper into a trance-like state until she collapses on the ground.

Floorwork is performed less frequently now, for a number of reasons. It was banned in Egypt during the 1950's, and as more and more American dancers began to take their cues from the Egyptians, it essentially fell out of favor. Changes in costuming, with tighter skirts and longer fringe, made floorwork more difficult to perform smoothly and gracefully. Finally, the venues themselves have changed. Without a fairly unobstructed and relatively safe floor, and clear sightlines for the audience, it is just not practical to perform much floorwork.

If you are bored with your usual mat workout, this is a new and exciting way to expand your horizons.

Don't let the innocent face fool you. Tanna, the instructor for this belly dance workout, may look like Snow White, but she'll work you harder than a drill sergeant...This workout would be a great way for someone well experienced in Pilates or yoga to vary their workout, since the three routines and tutorial that Tanna leads rely greatly on core strength. Tanna is a very pleasant exercise leader, and the light, airy studio in which this program was filmed makes it visually soothing as well. The music ranges from wispy New Age to more exotic Middle Eastern sounds, but it's all understated and slow-paced, so the entire experience has an unhurried feel. Amanda DeWees, DVD Verdict


Hot on the heels of yoga and Pilates, bellydance floorwork is set to be the next big thing -- TRAX Magazine, UK

If you are bored with your usual mat workout, this is a new and exciting way to expand your horizons. --Tendu Magazine

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By C.C.N.
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Bellydance for Body Shaping uses bellydance floorwork moves as a foundation for a fun yet challeging workout. The atmosphere is lovely, the music fantastic, and the instructor Tanna is great. She is personable and clear throughout her insrtuction. This DVD has complete warm-ups and cool-downs, including an introduction about the muscle groups used. Tanna makes sure you do each excercise properly so you don't put strain your back, hips, or knees. The workouts are broken down into 3 sessions. As each session progresses, the next is a bit more challenging. Tanna gives a short performance incorporating the moves at the end of each session.

With such a great production, I am not sure what happened with some of the camera-work. You can tell the camera is hand held through parts of the DVD, giving you that slight bobbing feeling. And in the beginnging, it seemed like the camera person is too close to Tanna and can't get her quite into the whole shot, so they angle it. At this angle (tilt your head to one side), it is very distracting when you are trying to follow along. Luckily, this is not the case through the whole DVD.

This DVD is perfect for someone who wants to try something different and fun, strengthen the upper body, or learn some slinky dance moves. Sorry to say, I would not recommend this if you are seriously interested in learning traditonal bellydance floorwork. You might like to try "Classic Cabaret Floor Work."
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Floorwork Instruction March 15, 2005
By Tamii
This dvd delivered everything I'd hoped it would deliver in terms of instruction and sensuous moves. With this dvd, anyone can learn how to add grace to floorwork moves by following and practicing the 3 sessions.

The dvd is broken down into 3 "sessions" where instruction and practice is given on moves and 3 "dance" sections where the instructor uses all of the moves in a dance. (No instructions or cueing is given during the dance sessions) Following these sessions is a performance by Tanna.

In my opinion, the info on the anatomy of the moves could have been left out and in its place, instruction on arm movements could have been given and would have been very helpful. Also, beginning belly dance students might find that the movements are done too quickly and without time for much repetition within the session, but the moves are used again in each session.

I feel this dvd is a good buy for beginning dancers who want to learn and practice floorwork. The moves will make you feel and look sexy and exotic!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars beware floor work danger April 4, 2006
I wanted to give this DVD 3 stars but took off one for the simple fact that Tanna does not put any effort in telling the viewer that certain moves that are executed on the floor are just plain dangerous.....

The two stars I did give were for the ideas of the DVD and the setup....

I did not think that Tanna was an experienced enough dancer, I get the feeling that her experience is a tad too fresh, young, I feel she has not been doing this long enough to teach so openly, on a dvd, floorwork is a very dangerous dance... She moves from one move to another at an extreme pace, that floorwork is not !! If in fact she has been dancing for longer than I think then I apologise, this is just the feeling I have when observing her.

That said...

I'm a Belly dancer and was feeling ready to move onto floordancing. I was looking for something to help build up muscular support to properly perform a floordance. This DVD pretty much has it all, alot of what is done in the, NON instructional, workout is floor exercising, muscle toning around the legs, lower back, abdominal and arms, I praise the ideas and exercises shown.

If you are new to floor dancing I would not suggest this DVD, unless you have prior Yoga and Pilates experience. Although this DVD is for strengthening the muscle groups needed for dancing on the floor my personal observation of this is that you need to have some muscle control already in order to execute these moves..... As I said at the start there are some potentially dangerous moves on this DVD and if you are unaware of them you're bound to hurt yourself before you get started.

All in all if you are aware of the dangers and you have strong muscles and a little experience behind you I would recommend this DVD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitness and floorwork February 22, 2006
I normally love the titles that are hosted by the belly dancers from New York. They wonderfully blend fitness and instruction, and target audiences who seek both these wants. However, unlike Tana's Belly dance for Upper Body DVD, this title is geared almost exclusively to an audience who is looking for a new workout. I loved the way she explained the moves, but it seems as though the viewer needs a strong background on floorwork, and it is not for those who are on a basic level with workouts, simple because of the wear and risk to the knees. I often see other dancers shy away from using floorwork in a performance, which I simply cannot identify with, other than the risk to the knees as mentioned. Maybe I expected too much, but I wanted a way to apply the moves to actual performance, just like her previous video offered, but could not do so. The background and costuming are very practical and lovely, and Tana does give a brief tutorial. However, the tutorial would fit well with others who have had more floorwork experience. I also wanted Tana to give more cautionary advice on posture and performing the moves, which I believe Andy Troy, the certified fitness instructor did not summarize. I still love this video, and really recommend her videos for a great workout, and instructional approach.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a belly dance workout that will simultaneously ruin your...
Floor work is incredibly hard on your body. While it is a challenging workout, I don't think it's something people should do every day for "fitness" if they plan on using their... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lauren Noelle Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best I've Had, but Worth Doing Often
This is a great DVD. Her leading style took a little while for me to get used to, but it's a great set of routines. I know I feel it the next day!
Published 9 months ago by Anguissette
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much
Even a blind squirrel will find a nut if it keeps digging. That's the way it is with this DVD - every now and then she stumbles on a useful move. Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by Nikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price....
It's not my favorite instructional floor work dvd, that would be IAMED's, however, this one is A LOT cheaper, and very good as well.
Published on September 1, 2007 by CherryJellyBean
3.0 out of 5 stars I hated this instructor!
The technique and moves demonstrated in this video were very good. She explained HOW to do the moves and there was a little animation to show you also. Read more
Published on July 31, 2007 by K. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars I love doing this!
ok, so this is NOT for people who don't have a lot of strength and who are not to easy with floor movements. Some of the camera work leaves a bit to be desired. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by sweeny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Tana is great! This DVD is very informative and her performances are lovely. Very professional, easy to follow, and true to form. Highly recommended.
Published on August 3, 2006 by T. Pryor
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, very different, great toning benefits
I have over 25 bellydance dvds I've collected in the past 4 years just for fitness.
This is definitly not for beginners in terms of holding your body up on your arms & feet... Read more
Published on May 21, 2006 by Lena, Massage Therapist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alternative to Crunches
This video is excellent for anyone looking to find a way to tone up the abs without having to do crunches. Read more
Published on April 27, 2006 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Something different to offer at the gym!
As a certified fitness instructor and also belly dance teacher, I can say that this video gives a fitness instructor some new ideas to offer in the aerobics room, which is great. Read more
Published on September 15, 2005 by Jo
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