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From A to Zoe - 4 disc tribal fusion set (2011)

Zoe Jakes , Michelle Joyce  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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From A to Zoe - 4 disc tribal fusion set + Serpentine: Bellydance with Rachel Brice (TWO-DVD SET): Complete belly dancing instructional program, Belly dancing classes with yoga, How-to in Rachel's tribal style belly dance, including full choreographies + Rachel Brice: Bellydance Arms and Posture
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Product Details

  • Actors: Zoe Jakes
  • Directors: Michelle Joyce
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Cheeky Girls Productions
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 437 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JTTYDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,588 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

With Spanish subtitles - con subtítulos en español.

This 4 disc set has over 7 hours of totally original content that touches on everything that Zoe Jakes personally focus on in her own dance. She has taken her favorite exercises, her favorite warm ups, and her favorite moves and combinations and put them into a format that you can put into your own style of dancing.

Each DVD is a progression from basic to advanced concepts and techniques. There are options for different levels, so you can grow and progress with each segment.

DVD #1 begins with Zoe's own personal warm up and a word about posture. Then we start exploring traveling movements and variations. After a drilling segment we move on to something that Zoe gets asked about a lot: flutters. Then we learn a few unique combinations. Each combo is carefully explained then extensively drilled so that it gets into your muscle memory. There is also a 40-minute bonus class that was filmed at one of Zoe's workshops.

DVD #2 focuses on hits, which are sharp, punctuated movements followed by a flowing and soft aftermath. We discuss the difference between pops, locks and hits with an emphasis on a stylized release and recoil. After drilling this concept we put it to use in several combinations. Next we do some strength and flexibility training that is especially geared toward belly dancers, who tend to universally have tight hip flexors, overuse their abs, and have a weak psoas. These exercises are essential in preventing injury and creating a balanced body. Extras on this DVD include: a feather fan tutorial and live performances.

DVD #3 is all about how to initiate movement and how to throw your weight around in a dynamic and creative way. You can achieve a highly stylized look simply by the way that you choose to approach your movement. As always, there are drills and combinations on this DVD. There is another long bonus class that was filmed at a workshop as well as a never-before-seen live performance.

DVD #4 focuses on the advanced art of layering but don t be intimidated, Zoe does offer different options for different levels so you can start with a more basic version and work your way up. After a detailed instruction and a long practice session we do our combination. Extras on this DVD include: a make-up tutorial, where Zoe candidly takes you through the process of putting on her stage make-up as wells as an extended practice session where you can dance through all of the drills and combos from the whole series back to back without stopping.

Each DVD goes in depth in it s focus, breaking down the technique then extensively drilling the concept. You can take the technique and add it to your personal style, or see how Zoe has incorporated it into her own stylization in the combinations section. The concepts in this DVD can be applied to any style of dance, which is demonstrated in a surprise cross over performance in cabaret style! With a bit of practice you will soon notice an increase in your balance and strength, a broadening of your movement vocabulary, and an improvement in your overall dance presentation.

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Prepárate para aprender todo lo importante en mi estilo personal. He tomado mis ejercicios favoritos, mis calentamientos favoritos, y mis movimientos y combinaciones favoritas que hago yo misma y que explico para que puedas usarlas en tu propio estilo.

Cada DVD es una progresión de conceptos y técnicas desde básicos a avanzados. Tienes la opción de diferentes niveles, para que puedas progresar y crecer con cada sección.


Customer Reviews

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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars trailer September 7, 2011
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BELLY DANCE DVD SET EVER!!!!! November 16, 2011
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WOW!!!=oO I can't get over how packed full of various bellydance instructions are in this 4 dvd set! If you read the Editorial Review and watch the video posted in another review it goes into more detail of all that Zoe's dvds offer.
I can use these dvds daily to get a full spectrum of various bellydance techniques and styles. As always Zoe is very thorough in her explanations - she basically explains, gives a slow breakdown of the moves and then we practice what she's shown us.

In this 4dvd set you are getting:
Bellydancing conditioning exercises
9 combos (not including the combos you learn on the bonus workshop videos)
Learning techniques like flutters (the MOST thorough explanation of doing flutters I've EVER seen in my 20+years of belly dancing!!), Zoe's famous *hits*, learning how to lead with various parts of the body, layering, dancing with feather fans (which I've never seen a dvd that covers this...)
And there is also an extended practice, M.U. tips, various performances, etc...

These 4 dvds are PACKED full of good stuff! A MUST HAVE for belly dancers!!=oD
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Amazing DVD Set To Advance Your Dance!! November 5, 2011
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This DVD set is amazing, and Zoe is a amazing instructor. She breaks all the Combinations and Layering down so that you can follow and she repeats on each side, in the first DVD she talks about posture which is great for everyone to recall, I have been into Belly Dance for 15 years (since I was 12) and I got this DVD to Help advance my dance and with just one hour with it I could tell the differents right away, I would say that a beginner may have issues with some of the things she goes over but you can follow along as she gives different levels of learning which is great for everyone.

The 40min Workshop at the end of disc 1 is great to use as well makes you feel as if you are in her workshop I loved it.

This is a must have for those out there who wish to advance thier dance, rather you are a Tribal fusion dancer or another style this DVD set is a great addtion to your study of this amazing art form, the price tag is a steal for sure. Don't wait get this DVD set as soon as you can.

From A to Zoe - 4 disc tribal fusion set
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazzzing November 20, 2011
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This Dvd set is amazing. My gf's and I likely own every dvd related to bellydance and I think aside Rachel Brice's Serpentine -this is one of the best ones I have come across.

I think there is great information on this set for begginer dancers and even more so for advanced dancers. Even if you can't pick up all the concepts to begin with you can start to try and get the muscle memory for them and apply later when your technique has been built up enough to support the combinations. While washing dishes or folding laundry try layering, it totally helps! lol.

I like that the dvds are sort of random too, so you might work one concept and skip to a whole other on the next chapter which helps prevent boredom.

Preordered this dvd, got it likely as soon as it was out, and I still haven't made it through everything. If you though RB's dvd was challenging take it in another direction and get this dvd, it will make you practice practice practice
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not for a beginner August 9, 2012
By honey81
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i am very new to belly dance. i have only been practicing for 3 months now. i do like zoe's style i bought this set based on the reviews that said alot of the drills were useful. being very new to this dance form, i can not use these dvd's. im keeping them in the hopes that i will be able to use this further down the road in my practice. the drills are not broken down enough for someone with no experience, like myself. so if you are thinking about this set and are a beginner like myself, i would hold off until you have more skills under your belt. i was disappointed, but im hoping to use this set soon. i bought sadies cd and that one has been very good for my level.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By JDN1977
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Zoe's content is absolutely 5 star. The breadth of material covered is staggering. The ONLY thing I thought was lacking content-wise was more performances. I expected to get at least one performance on each disc. Unless I'm missing something, there are only 2 performances total. Zoe has such a fun personality and makes the material easily understandable and fun.

Video quality is lacking. I'd give that 3 stars. The sets are poorly lit, the mirror is really too small, and she often has to stand at an awkward angle to utilize the mirror. Cheeky Girls videos usually have great production quality in my opinion, so I was pretty disappointed that this video does not.

Given that (for me) the content is 5 star and the quality is 3 stars, I settled on 4 stars.

I will also mention that I've never met a tribal dancer who would be offended, but she does exhibit some colorful language in the make up tutorial. Nothing major, and not offensive to me, but wanted to throw that in just in case it might help someone decide whether to purchase.

If you are the least bit interested in tribal fusion belly dance, you really must have this set. The value is just unbelievable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like from "K to Zoe" February 28, 2012
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The range of subject covered in the DVD set is good, diverse and interesting; Zoe Jakes is great dancer/performer, her techinique is awesome.

But I doubt anyone whith a high-intermediate or advanced level of bellydance will be able to easily follow most of the parts, at least on the first go: DVD 1 already starts (after a rather long discussion on posuture, which although has common points is approached with very different ways depending on the dancer you're following) with traveling movements that imply layering.

Zoe seems in a rush to get through the DVDs, and as others have pointed out the setting is rather second class (dark, with small mirror, sometimes weird filming angles).

The DVD is a good buy to learn and review stuff if you have enough patience and discipline to try catch up with her technique; but it does seem, once again, that it was mainly targeted to either dancers who already have the skills supposedly being tought, or who are very well acquainted with Zoe's teaching style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter teaches and performs bellydance. She uses this set all the time.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Looooove!
This is a fabulous DVD set. It's a little of a-LOT! Zoe is very good at breaking down what the movement is, and presenting it in more than one way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good
It's good, but this is the first DVD that I purchased and like some of the reviews said, it's good, but it might be difficult for beginners. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katya
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra workshops + cool combinations
I am really happy to own this DVD set. What I especially appreciate is extra workshops videos, and awesome combos in two different speeds. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katarzyna
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Zoe is awesome! A lot of drills and dance technique. Easy to follow but challenged my dance style. A must for your dance arsenal!
Published 6 months ago by Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much talking
I have never really used this DVD set. I have however looked through it several times. I am just overall disapointed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ali
4.0 out of 5 stars nice to have an "in home" class
I bought this because I have attended a couple tribal fusion belly dance classes, and really love this dance form, but I am not very good at it and wanted to learn more at home. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melora Rabbit
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of material, lots of time, but inefficient and lacking quality
Terrible videography- dancing with her back to us for the combos while facing a mirror is opposite what it intends- for you to dance along following the leader from behind-the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Monica Biancardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Belly Lady belly dancing scarf
I received a brand new, never opened box so it must be in excellent shape. My daughter is waiting for this one. She still has a month to go though.
Published 9 months ago by Mary L. Bandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth it
So much information! I was blown away by the sheer amount of ideas and dance in these dvds.

Definitely the dance dvd I would take on the deserted island!
Published 11 months ago by Erifili I. Nikolakopoulou
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