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The Baladi: Bellydance Egyptian Style, with Ranya Renée (TWO-DVD SET): Open level traditional Egyptian style belly dance classes, Arabic-style belly dance instruction, Egyptian bellydancing how-to


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  • Actors: Ranya Renee
  • Directors: Ranya Renee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JGK4BO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Created by Ranya Renee, New York City-based star performer and instructor of Arabic-style belly dance, The Baladi: Bellydance Egyptian Style is a comprehensive program that will immerse you in the beautiful world of traditional Egyptian dance music, soulful and spirited baladi improvisation, and delicious, dynamic moves!

This 5-hour-long 2-DVD set covers the structure, rhythms and musical flavors of typical baladi progressions, teaches the essential technique and dance vocabulary of baladi, and provides drills for developing your own improvisational practice.

The Baladi: Bellydance Egyptian Style is the first program to combine instruction in core Egyptian dance technique with a wealth of detailed cultural information and tools for learning to interpret the music and for daily dance practice. The program is a valuable resource for belly dancers of all levels of experience as well as for dance instructors.

Baladi is the social dance style of the Egyptian people, often featured in a special section of the traditional belly dance show. This video focuses on the taqsim baladi a style of improvisation that starts slow and gentle, building to a climax of exciting rhythms, faster steps and shimmies. During a live music demonstration of baladi progressions, Ranya analyzes the structure, common features and stylistic differences between men's style (tet) and women's style (awadi) baladi dancing, and offers a step-by-step explanation of what is happening at each transition in the music.

Master accordionist Nabawy provides an introduction to baladi music and explains the different melodic styles, and the drummers demonstrate some of key rhythms used in the baladi. You will also receive an introduction to the concept of maqamat, or Arabic musical modes, that are the source material for taqasim, the art of melodic improvisation.

The technique section is organized by style and type, so you can match the appropriate movements and traveling steps to each part of the baladi progression: From the slow, fluid taqsim, through the sekkat accent breaks, and on to the maqsoum-based rhythm sections and the fast ingerara section that transitions into the drum solo. This framework enables you to develop the instinct you need to select authentic movements that correctly match the music, recognizing the essential features of melody and rhythms. Ranya gives guidance for beginning or developing your improvisation practice, no matter your level of experience as a dancer.

With looped recorded music drills created specially for this program, Ranya gives you the tools for a rigorous baladi dance practice while simultaneously honing your listening skills. The format of the drills is an organic flow, preserving the improvisational nature of the baladi so you learn in the way Egyptians learn, by watching and following along. Absorbing the feeling of baladi naturally will help you to improvise with more confidence on your own. The looped music repetitions allow you to review key movements over and over as you build an intimate familiarity with the musical nuances, and condition your physical dance response to them. DVD options allow you either to dance through a full baladi piece or to work on isolated sections of a baladi, focusing on short portions of music to drill your steps. With all the drills, Ranya provides voiceover commentary to call your attention to melodic and rhythmic motifs, or to remind you of technique pointers.

The program also includes extensive sections on posture and muscle work for Egyptian dance, framing and transitions, arms and hands practice flow, and cooldown stretches.

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This DVD is very well constructed; explanations are clear, and with the WDNY high quality DVD production.
Anne-marie Sanchez
I was surprised by how in-depth Ranya went into the cultural nuance of the movement and music, so it has great appeal to beginners and more advanced dancers.
Blair Hornbuckle
I learned so much even things that my teachers never taught me about baladi and they have been dancing for over 15 years.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Shannon B Davis VINE VOICE on March 21, 2009
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My favorite new DVD has got to be Ranya Renee's first in a series of three DVDs on Egyptian Dance, this one on Baladi. I have longed for a video or workshop about baladi, not just a choreography demonstration, but something that explained the essence of baladi. Baladi, in terms of this DVD and Egyptian dance, is a specifically Egyptian dance performed to their baladi (or country) music. Ranya explained that baladi can mean other things in the surrounding Arabic countries. It is commonly done at weddings and parties, by both men and women, but Raks Sharki performers will often do a baladi section to their full routine. The DVD is all I hoped for, and then some. It is actually a two DVD set, containing 3 hours of material.
The first DVD focuses on the baladi music, and movements stylized for baladi. She spends the first 30 minutes explaining the music, with live musicians, one of whom grew up on Mohammed Ali Street in Cairo. He demonstrates on the accordion how the baladi is different in Alexandria, Upper Egypt, at a street wedding, or a nightclub. Ranya Renee also had the drummers demonstrate the different rhythms you will hear in the progression, and how they play off the accordion. She demonstrated the differences between a women's street baladi, men's street baladi, and a nightclub baladi. Then, she demonstrates each style, in costume.
On the second half of the first DVD, she teaches techniques for each section of the baladi and demonstrates how to make them more "baladi" style. The drills are separated into movements for each musical section, the taqsim (musical improvisation) that starts each baladi, then the call & response section, the maqsoum rhythm - slow and fast - and the 2-beat Ingerara.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Blair Hornbuckle on December 22, 2008
My wife knows the instructor, so I got to see a preview copy of the DVD. I teach W. African drum and dance and am NOT a belly dancer myself. So consider that as you read on...

I was impressed by several things about this 2-DVD set:

1) The production values were outstanding. They shot on HD, and did a great job with lighting, sound, and editing. That makes it very easy to watch and absorb.

2) The instruction is tremendously detailed. I was surprised by how in-depth Ranya went into the cultural nuance of the movement and music, so it has great appeal to beginners and more advanced dancers.

3) The musicians are world class, so you will be dancing to traditional music done by people who care a great deal about the authenticity of their art form.

I've been involved in teaching traditional W. African music and dance for 17 years, and had a career in video production, so I've got high standards for this kind of project.

Luckily for belly dance students around the globe, the instructor and producers also have high standards, and have turned out a DVD worth serious study.

Blair Hornbuckle
Bush Mango Drum & Dance
Rochester, NY
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Shara of Desert Dance on March 5, 2009
Belly Dance Egyptian Style the Baladi

Intermediate/advanced

This is a 2 dvd set; the first 135 minutes, the second 170 minutes

Ranya covers an explanation of the music and the rhythms of Baladi and the different styles of Baladi music, then on to the dance.
This is in a "follow along" style. You need some familiarity with moves, as there is no extensive break-down of the moves.
The posture section is very amusing! Ranya Rene'e is a hoot! I'm looking forward to the rest of the Egyptian Style series. There is a nice section on framing and a section on arm paths.
The second dvd is your Improvisation and drill dvd. This will help you work on improv and give you several drills to work with, or, if you have the stamina, a couple hours of dance practice.
This video really leads you into the music and encourages and helps you learn to relax and do your improvisational dance. If you need help on improv, you want to get this video. There is a nice section in which Ranya encourages you to dance with her for a bit, then improv on your own with your back to the screen.

The company that puts out these videos keeps getting better and better. I love the quality of their videos and the fact that they have listened to dancers and what dancers want in an instuctional video, and what they want in a performance video.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne-marie Sanchez on August 6, 2009
As there are here a lot of detailed reviews very well explained, I just want to share my general feeling about this DVD.
It's not a simple DVD who teaches you a baladi choreography.
It's a real tool in order to introduce you to the wonderful world of the Egyptian Baladi.
I'm impressed by the amount of material covered on this 2 set DVD.
The first DVD (135 minutes): Baladi structure & Core Egyptian Technique
The second DVD (170 minutes): Improvisational Practice Drills
Before dancing to a baladi music, you have to understand the concept and the structure of this style of music, and Ranya Renée did here a great job; she gives you the opportunity to understand what is the Baladi, its keys, the connexion between the instrument and the different parts of your body, how to feel the music in order to dance your own interpretation.
This DVD is really unique.
She explains along with musicians the different musical components of the Baladi with its progression and also the various style of Baladi.
Then following these different parts, she teaches you the various appropriated dance movements, with a lot of tips on posture, muscles used, the feeling, how to connect the movements with the music and how to interpret it.
Then you will drill improvisation with her on the second DVD and you can put into practice what you have learned on the first DVD in order to make your own interpretation.
This DVD is very well constructed; explanations are clear, and with the WDNY high quality DVD production.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn and enjoy the essence of Baladi.

French translation:
Un vrai workshop complet sur le thème du Baladi égyptien : à ne pas rater.
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