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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
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 morePublished 8 months ago by Lauren Noelle Clarke
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 10 months ago by Anguissette
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 morePublished on December 2, 2009 by Nikki
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
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 morePublished on July 31, 2007 by K. Adams
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 morePublished on March 8, 2007 by sweeny
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
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
This video is excellent for anyone looking to find a way to tone up the abs without having to do crunches. Read morePublished on April 27, 2006 by Amazon Customer