Floorwork: Bellydance for Body Sculpting, with Tanna Valentine - Belly dance fitness, Belly dance workout classes
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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
If you are bored with your usual mat workout, this is a new and exciting way to expand your horizons. --Tendu Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
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."
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a nice collection of workouts and routines to add variety to your dancing.Published 11 months ago by Incognito in USA
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 23 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 on December 31, 2013 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