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Secrets of the Stage Volume 2: A Performance Course for Belly Dancers by Michelle Joyce

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Topics Covered:

TIPS AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION - We followed 5 professional dancers to several of their restaurant shows and to get candid and original footage of them working the crowd. Each dancer talks about her philosophy of tip collection and we explore the arguments for and against "body tipping".

RESTAURANT VS STAGE DANCING - We use footage from the By Dancers For Dancers performance series along with original footage shot in restaurants and nightclubs to show the many venues in which a dancer may end up performing. Each dancer narrates their performance and explains how they altered the show to fit that specific venue.

PROFESSIONALISM - Professional dancers are asked "what makes a professional dancer?" Their ideas and suggestions for being more professional are voiced over their performances.

ASK THE AUDIENCE - We took the cameras into the audience at the last By Dancers For Dancers show to find out more about the audience perspective. We learn what the audience feels makes an excellent performance.

Dancers Interviewed: Maria, Zaheea, Bahaia, DaVid, Louchia, Sandra, Shoshanna, Summer

ABOUT THE SERIES

"...information that every performer and instructor should have."

What makes a captivating dancer? A captivating dancer knows how to draw in the audience and takes them on an emotional journey with every movement and expression. A captivating dancer shows us a different way of listening to the music without overpowering it and teaches us that there is beauty in even the simplest movements. A captivating dancer knows how to build drama and set up those "wow" moments.

Unfortunately, most dancers simply focus on the mechanics of their movements and don't train themselves in the art of performing. Many dancers mistakenly think that performance skills cannot be learned and feel frustrated that it does not come naturally.

Having sharp isolations and cute combinations are a result of training your muscles, but incorporating stage presence, emotion and musical awareness into your dance require training of a totally different kind. The exercises in this DVD are uniquely designed to help you become a better performer and to push your dance presentation to the next level.

About the Actor

Michelle Joyce is a professional belly dancer who has performed for audiences around the globe. She has won several awards including 2004 People's Choice Belly Dancer and 2006 East Coast Classic Belly Dance Competition Champion. Michelle also has a Master's in Counseling, and draws on that knowledge to incorporate techniques to help dancers improve stage presence and to increase relaxation levels.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michelle Joyce, Sandra, Summer Sahar, Louchia, Maria
  • Directors: Michelle Joyce
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cheeky Girls Productions
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001760DGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 13, 2008
I was lucky to receive an advance copy of Secrets of the Stage II. As I loved Secrets of the Stage I, I was very excited to see what this next installment would bring. The DVD is segmentd into 5 sections, Michelle's introduction, Dancing in Different Venues, Tips & Audience Participation, Professionalism, and Ask the Audience. As a dancer who works often in restaurant venues, this DVD contained even more valuable information for me than the first one. It should be required viewing for dancers who are beginning to dance in restaurants, nightclubs, and "bellygrams".

The first section was on Dancing in Different Venues. First, Michelle Joyce listed her pre-gig mental checklist, what a dancer should think about when preparing to dance in a new place, including the space available, the audience's makeup, and the function of the show (art vs. entertainment, or both!). We learn for example that Persians like fast music, Americans have short attention spans, and Arabs as expected are able to listen to longer pieces of music. Michelle points out that finger cymbals are key to engaging the audience's attention in a restaurant performance, but you must balance your volume with the volume of the restaurant. Balancing, of course, is always a hit. Restaurant dancing, according to Michelle Joyce, is all about having big movements and big personality. I couldn't agree more.

Sandra's voiceover came next, shown over her performance in a stunning costume. She compares restaurant/party dancing to stage performances. She says that because the audience is not right in front of you on stage, you need to look inside more. I just wish I knew exactly how to do that. Louchia's segment added some more practical advice on stagecraft - using the space available, with different dimensions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Dance on April 3, 2008
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cameltribe on July 17, 2008
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Overall this DVD has a lot of helpful hints and tips about performing in restaurants versus on stage. It was interesting to see and hear how American restaurant performers approach their jobs. The only criticism I have is that I feel the DVD dedicated too much on the tipping subject- nearly half of it. In Australia / western cultures, tipping is not really done, so most of that was irrelevant. It would have been nicer to view how performers deal with "at home" functions or more corporate functions- who knows, that could be on the next volume. I prefered volume 1 to this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maya F on April 21, 2008
I am so glad that I was able to get an advance copy of this DVD because I can't believe I have survived so long without it!!!

This is more like an educational documentary than an instructional dance DVD, so if you are looking for a workout this is not for you. However, if you are looking for information about how to structure a show at a restaurant, how to get tips, what to think about on a stage, how to be more professional or how to enter and exit the stage; then is is for you.

It looks like I am writing the first review of this DVD so I will be more long winded than usual.

It is structured the same way as Secrets of the Stage - A Performance Course for Belly Dancers by Michelle Joyce (Vol 1), with the dancers narrating over their performances. This is totally effective and so interesting to know what they are thinking as they dance. And these aren't just any dancers, they are world class established teachers and performers. And, unlike Volume 1, there is a lot of never-before-seen footage that is not from the By Dancers For Dancers series. They too the cameras to restaurants all over to film the dancers at their regular jobs.

-------------SECTION 1 - DIFFERENT VENUES------------------
We see Louchia and Sandra dancing on big stages (stunning performances from the not-yet-released By Dancers For Dancers DVDs) as they talk about how to prepare for such a venue. Sandra talks about her struggle to get used to stages after years of restaurant gigs, while Louchia talks about use of space, makeup, and costuming. Then we switch gears and see Michelle dancing in restaurants.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Sullivan on May 8, 2008
In general, some of the ideas covered in Secrets of the Stage I have thought about, and it was good to hear professional dancers reiterate them. I also gleaned some new information, especially about alternatives to body tipping and professionalism. The best part overall is the use of restaurant performance footage with dancer commentary, especially when relating to performance venue, audience participation and tips. The section on what the audience thinks was interesting. I'd be curious to see more interviews, of more restaurant dance audiences. (secrets of the stage III??? I'd certainly buy it based on this one!!!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on May 7, 2008
Wow, what can I say about this dvd that the first reviewer did not? If you are a Belly Dancer who is thinking about entering the world of restaurant/private party performing, this is the dvd series to get. Packed with great information, from some of the best professional, multi award winning dancers in the US, about the do's and don'ts of what it means to be a Professional Dancer, this dvd will help you through it.

Michelle also has a Master's in Counseling, and draws on that knowledge to incorporate techniques to help dancers improve stage presence.
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