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Rachel's instructional method offers you tools to achieve precision of isolations, deep full-range movement, as well as flexibility and strength that will give you the sinuous serpentine grace characteristic of Rachel's own dance style. Her drills, combinations and yoga sessions are designed to help you establish your own regular dance practice, customized to fit your creative goals and lifestyle.
The two main sections of Serpentine are 1. Technique and 2. Choreography & Classes. The Technique section opens with Yoga for Belly Dance, carefully crafted to enhance your strength and flexibility, qualities crucial for relaxed, effortless dance. A veteran yoga instructor with many years of practice, training, and yoga teaching experience, Rachel Brice leads you in a beautiful flow of classic yoga postures and stretches. She teaches yoga in the Viniyoga tradition as transmitted by Gary Kraftsow and the faculty of the American Viniyoga Institute, LLC.
The Yoga is followed by three drills sessions: Leg Strengthening Drills, including a variety of travel and level-change exercises, and mini-combinations.
Isolation Drills (shoulders, torso, and pelvis) where you practice belly dance isolations and then layer each one on 4 footwork patterns; and the Shimmy Drill, a delightful high-energy non-stop shimmy practice with Rachel's signature shimmy layering. The Technique section ends with a Finishing Yoga Practice.
Rachel's Choreography & Classes section features two choreographies; A fast and playful dance set to music of progressively increasing tempo, and a flowing slow dance including backbends and fluid serpentine movement punctuated with elegant accents. Each choreography is performed in costume and then demonstrated from the back with Rachel facing the mirror. Rachel teaches you the combinations for each choreography step-by-step with practice first at a slower pace, and then the faster. A special DVD feature offers practice loops for each combination.
To promote correct and safe backbending technique, Rachel Brice teaches a mini-class on the biomechanics of backward bending, and leads you in the Yoga for Backward Bending practice designed to increase the flexibility and the range of motion in your back and develop a strong habit for proper muscle support when executing backbends.
Additional classes and materials include: Yoga Breathing; arm and footwork patterns to be used during the drills; basics of the 10-point dance posture; and two performances by Rachel Brice.
Love this DVD. So much great content. Awesome set-up makes it easy to customize your own practice. Absolutely love the yoga section. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Camille
Great video, especially like the yoga routines for both warm up and cool down. Rachel Brice is a terrific dancer, and a good video instructor too. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Rachel Brice is on another level!! The DVDs are easy to follow and packed with content! Definitely recommend!Published 1 month ago by AM
Product was on time. Again, very challenging, but great exercises and warmup. On my way to becoming a great belly dancer! Thanks!Published 1 month ago by Kristina Armstrong
Rachel Brice is great! This dvd is wonderful for its yoga sequence as well as bellydance.Published 1 month ago by clm365
Lots of material. The stretches are really helpful for my back. I never have time to do enough because of the lengthy focus on each exercize.Published 2 months ago by Lampy
4.5 stars, so far. This DVD has been great so far. I haven't had a chance to go through the whole second DVD but from the looks of it I like what I see. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emmalovestokyo
Not at all what I was expecting. Shimmy is way better. Not recommend to anyone interested in bellydance. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruby González