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Perfect Hips Belly Dance Workout: Abs, Hips, Butt & Thighs (2007)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Cheeky Girls Productions
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUA2T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Spice up your fitness routine with belly dance, a fun and exotic new workout that promotes strength, balance and confidence. Hosted by professional belly dancer and personal trainer, Michelle Joyce, this DVD is designed to introduce you to the basics of belly dance while strengthening and toning your abs, thighs, butt and hips.

The shimmies, undulations and hip isolations of this ancient art form are great for targeting the lower torso, an area that is prone to weight gain with age and after child birth.

Belly dance is the perfect way to celebrate your femininity while doing something fun and healthy.

Michelle is a multi award winning belly dancer who has performed around the world, which means you need not travel further than your own living room to learn 100% authentic belly dance. So put on a hip scarf and shimmy your way to a healthy body!

(This DVD is geared toward newcomers to belly dance and has a fitness emphasis. It is designed for exercisers who already have a base level of fitness and may be challenging for those who have never before engaged in an exercise routine.)

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My quads are burning! October 26, 2007
By Lana
Oh my gosh my legs are on fire! I really felt the burn after doing the section on core conditioning.She is one very fit and talented dancer.
The things I liked about this DVD was
1)she explains the movements briefly, not over and over like some others I've seen/heard
2) the way its broken into segments so I can just click on the workout section I want to review
3)she is warm and calm, never shows any diva attitude, nice smile
4)Easy to follow
5)she instructs facing a mirror which is SO mush easier to follow along to, than having to reverse your movements because the teacher is facing YOU
6)the lighting and mirror/backdrop is not distracting at all-no funky computer generated backgrounds
7) the bonus performance at the end with the beautiful and talented Zaheea
8)she wears workout clothes that show what her body is doing, no skirts that cover up what her knees are doing
9) the camera angles show her whole body, not just shots of her face or specific body parts that happen to be moving
I only wish it was a tad longer with perhaps another different workout with a little more traveling. But still, its very good and you will get crisper isolations following this video continually. LOVED this DVD and I'm going to buy all the others she has out too. Michelle is truly a dancers dancer.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Workout, but a few nitpicky things... February 24, 2008
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Let me start by saying the meat of this DVD is great! I have been belly dancing for about a year now, and purchased this DVD to add to my home workout rotation to supplement the classes I take. Even with that experience I still found the workout a good challenge. There's even a more 'advanced' section that includes shimmies. Michelle's breakdown section even put a few more things into better perspective for me, so that's another big plus.

These are the things that kept me from giving it a 5 star rating:

The warmup and cooldown are a bit lacking. The thing you need to watch out for is one of the first moves in the warmup is a rather aggressive stretch. If you haven't been dancing for a while or are fairly sedentary before you start using this DVD... Warm up a little bit even before the workout's warm up. Once you get beyond that first part, it is a decent warmup. The cooldown, I felt like 'why bother with putting it in there?' I just do my own stretching instead.

The overall production of the DVD. I really wish the menu were broken down even further than it was. On other DVDs I have, there is the main menu which has the sections, but they break each section down even further. This works better for those of us who pick out sections to focus on. Yes, that's a bit nitpicky I admit, but I think the production looks a lot more pro when its broken down like that.

Is it worth the money? Yes. I'll be including it in my DVD workout rotation. My thighs and hips definitely felt the burn. And, I can't stress this enough...anybody who is starting to work out or do any form of belly dancing, pay attention to your body and work within its limitations.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars buy this one or Michelle's Basics, not both! December 31, 2007
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I bought this video because I had liked Michelle's other videos (Basic lesson and drum solo), however I was totally disappointed when I watched it. This video presents exactly the same material as in the other 2 but shortened! What a rip-off...I wish this had been mentioned, that's why I gave it only 2 stars. The material itself is quite good for serious learners of belly dance.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as advertised October 25, 2007
By Mae S.
A really good workout - which is kinda rare in bellydance workout DVDs. Plus, it teaches real belly dance technique. Good for people just wanting some kind of different way to get fit, but a really good introduction and foundation for the dance.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars belly dance March 26, 2008
well lets put it this way...im almost 50 yrs old...over weight and out of shape and i loved this tape. it was easy to follow, easy to master the moves, well explained and slow enough to follow. i give it 5 stars all the way across. if your already into this type of excersize and movement, it may not be energerized enough for You. But if your simply starting out and trying something new, this is the one! the only one thing is that perhaps the instructor fussed with her hair a little to much, maybe should have used a pony tail..laffs
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The path to perfect hips starts here! March 7, 2008
By Farah
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I own A LOT of bellydance workout dvds but this one is one of the best. Although I'm not quite sure if I will ever have "perfect" hips, I am sure that this dvd will help me get back in shape quickly. Michelle Joyce has come up with a fun workout that not only covers basic bellydance movements but gets your heart rate going as well. The excercises may be a little challenging at first for someone who is totally out of shape but none of the moves are high impact so even the most devout couch potato can use this workout without fear of serious injury or heart attack! Michelle has a friendly personality and a warm, conversational approach to teaching that makes it a pleasure to follow along with her instructions and demonstrations. This is another winner from Michelle and Cheely Girls Productions. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Repetition is the mother of PERFECTION....here Michelle offers different perspectives in movement and mechanics of dance for both types of audiences. This is the best DVD for people who like CLEAR and DETAILED instruction not like other teachers who are muddy in their technique....you FEEL like Michelle is in your living room giving you a private belly dance lesson. As a belly dance teacher myself for 9 and 1/2 years I would recommend this DVD for any beginning dancer in any dance field OR to ladies at home who want to firm up those flabby areas. ENJOY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
fun
Published 1 month ago by S.M.F.
5.0 out of 5 stars good workout
The explanations of how to do the moves are good with this one. It's a harder workout than you would expect.
Published 5 months ago by Rhonda J. Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars okay
If you just want to learn how to belly dance, then this is the video for you. If you want perfect hips, its a waste of money.
Published 6 months ago by Marybel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was a little disappointed with this video. It wasn't what I was expecting. I am starting to appreciate exercise videos where they have two people with the trainer as you can see... Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a good work out for the belly and hips. I enjoy doing the excerise without thinking about the good it is doing my body.
Published 11 months ago by Josta
2.0 out of 5 stars workout
this was ok... the workout was nothing to write home about but this was just an interest to me never tried it as a real workout I was more interested to see if I would be and the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. Little
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy work out
I took belly dance lessons at my local community center, but wanted to continue practicing at home. I like the instruction format and layout of the progression. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Melissa D. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Belly Dance Workout
I am just a beginner. Still learning the correct moves. By the time I learn all of the moves, I hope I am as good as the dancers....lol
Published 19 months ago by Tina Light
5.0 out of 5 stars I have almost all
of Michelle Joyce's videos and love working out to them. I have neck problems so I just do what I can do and I feel great afterwards!
Published on August 6, 2012 by Coral Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Shake your way to a thinner you - KLUTZ Proof
I have no coordination. I like to dance but I'm not that good at it. I'm in decent shape but can definitely lose more than a few pounds. Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by Sue She
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