The Bellydance Rhythms Workout, with Neon: Belly dance fitness classes, Belly dance instruction, Full body workout
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Each workout flow features a wide variety of classic belly dance moves assembled into 20 beginner and 20 intermediate belly dance drum solo combinations. Each combination is repeated as a drill: Beginner - slowly 12 times and at a real dance tempo 8 times; Intermediate - slowly 8 times and at a real dance tempo 12 times. You will review each rhythm section and the entire 20-combination sequence in a way that creates an experience very close to actually performing them in a dance show. Each beginner combination is built gradually, during the slow repetitions set.
The beginner tutorial section presents a detailed breakdown of basic belly dance techniques. Neon introduces each move step-by-step and places each one in the context of a dance combination, so that from the very beginning you learn how to combine dance steps and how combinations express rhythms.
The intermediate tutorial section explains the structure of each combination and offers tips on performance and styling.
The movement flows are accompanied by live drumming and are set to the most popular belly dance rhythms with 4 variations for each rhythm: ciftetelli, baladi, saidi, maksoum, and masmoudi. The live drumming includes a bass doumbek to make it easier for beginners to hear the structure of each dance rhythm. Drum rhythms underlie most types of belly dance music, so hearing them is key to developing your musicality as a dancer. In a special section Raquy teaches the structure of each belly dance rhythm and how to recognize it in belly dance music.
Each movement flow can be played with Neon's voice cues, or with music only.
Top Customer Reviews
This a dvd that you can use now and grow into. If you want a dvd that will last longer than the initial lessons, this is it. If you want a workout that is based on 100% bellydance moves, this is it.
In this video, Neon, Raquy and Liron Peled bring vivacity and verve to drum solo technique. The format, specially if you go by the menu, looks very simple. But that doesn't mean it isn't thoroughly conceptualized. Neon, who looks like a piece of bottled sunlight, explains the entire concept of this instructional program (choreographed by her) in her five-minute welcome. She views it as a fitness program as well as a belly dance one. As she introduces the video, she stands in what I call her Andy Troy (fitness expert) pose. You can see the intro in the preview clip, so I won't get over-descriptive here. It's not an aerobic program, but it is very active (especially in the second segment of sharply percussive moves) and involves much muscle work. It is not about floating around leisurely - so you may well sweat and get washed out. Or head for a Mars bar, like I tend to do.
It seems that there are many "multi-level" videos being turned out of late, and this is another in that category. Half of it is for beginners, and another half for intermediate dancers. I'm beginning to like this format a lot because as intermediate dancers can easily use the beginner's segment to drill, sharpen moves, work on finer points like transitions, turning, changing angles, balance etc. And as a beginner, you have something to gradually work up to.
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Some people may be leery of the lack of music, but you don't miss it at all; the drum rhythms are effective and beautiful. Everyone looks like they're having fun, which makes it almost impossible not to smile as well. The stage is simple, without distractions, and the camera only rarely focuses on anything but Neon's whole body. The moves also build nicely in complexity as you work through the different rhythms.
That being said, there were a few things that knocked a star off for me, mostly in the tutorial section. WDNY has a habit of stripping away backgrounds and leaving dancers in front of a CG background, which looks cheesy; a studio with mirrors would be much better suited to the tutorial section. There also seems to be a trend of having the instructor (Neon, in this case) dancing in the performance costume, which features a heavily-fringed hip scarf. It's lovely, but it badly obscures her knees - not a good thing when she's talking about how much movement originates there; you can barely see the front knee on some of the diagonal moves, and the back knee is completely obscured.Read more ›
If you have been searching for a great recipe to stir up a drum solo, here, it is! This program doubles as a workshop in rhythms while abundant in constructive ingredients to get your entire body flowing in accented moves and high energy movement.
The welcome section offers a great concept of weight loss. The program is also presented as a dance fitness program which is not cardio or aerobic in nature, yet it's accented moves will help burn calories and promote weight loss. Raquey includes a segment on identifying drum pattern structures using low and high sounds. The key ingredient to interpreting and performing a successful drum solo is to understand the rhythmss.
Because of the extensive wealth of information in this program,I have been reviewing it for several weeks.I did not only want to write about its contents but rather the end results and what I have gained from it personally.
As you enter program you will find it very carefully thought out and executed, beginner friendly and challenging enough for the seasoned dancer who wants to vary moves and add new ingredients. Here, the rhythms of a primary and bass drummer are performed live, and Raquey teaches this segment in identifying drum patterns in high and low sounds. For fun, I incorporated zils using the rhythm patterns, while learning the moves. Try that for a challenge!
Offered here are the most popular belly dance rhythms: baladi, maksoum, masmoudi, ciftetelli, and saidi which are dissected for beginner and intermediate students each with four combination variations. This section is a great resource of rhythms, and the perfect guide to your drum solo creation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another awesome DVD from World Dance New York. I love the instruction and the workout is good. It's a little on the easy side for me, but is good for those days when I want... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeannine
Here's the workout
Flow 1 - beginners - 37min
Flow 2 - intermediate - 39min
Tutorial Beginners - 65min
Tutorial Intermediate - 22min
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Neon did an outstanding job of explaining all the choreography. What a gift that each choreography is done to several drum rhythms from baladi to chifftelli. Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by Lia
The instructor Neon explains steps clearly. She describes them in a way that makes it easier to perform. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Saphronya
If you have avoided Neon DVDs (as I had) because you are in possession of "Instant Belly Dancer", which is a VERY beginner level DVD, because are looking for something more... Read morePublished on January 14, 2010 by S. Harbour
I got this dvd and tried it 3 times. It has section where Neon goes thru movements - this has no music, just voice and her showing the moves. It is in 2nd half of dvd btw. Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by bellyfan
I love the way she dances!! Having fun while working out. I only wish she would explain further how to do these steps!Published on October 24, 2009 by Sabrina I. Gonzalez