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The Bellydance Rhythms Workout, with Neon: Belly dance fitness classes, Belly dance instruction, Full body workout

4.4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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The Bellydance Rhythms Workout is a blend of dance fitness and dance instruction. It offers two non-stop 40-minute movement flows - the workouts - and two tutorial sections, beginner and intermediate. In the movement flows Neon provides a full body workout that s great for toning and weight loss, and for enhancing your natural grace and flexibility.

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.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Neon, Raquy, Liron
  • Directors: Neon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GIXO76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am fairly new to bellydance. I have nearly a dozen dvds. From the first viewing of this dvd, I knew this was a must have for the beginner's collection. Why? Well, if you know the basic moves, you can use this dvd right away. Neon gives the student two levels, beginner and intermediate. For 36 minutes, you do 20 mini routines to 5 drum rhythms. 100% bellydance moves that make you sweat. Don't worry if some of the combinations seem overwhelming. Neon has the most useful and thorough tutorials for each combo that walks you through step by step. The more you do the combos, the easier it gets. And what makes this dvd a standout is the explicit way the drum rhythms are highlighted. Raqy does a great job of leading the dancer through the rhythms before you even attempt to dance. Neon reinforces the rhythms as she leads you through the combos.

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.
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Come to think of it, there are many instructional videos in this sub genre. There's The Heartbeat of Belly Dance from the same producers, World Dance New York, there's Sonia and Issam's Art of the Drum Solo, the rhythms video by Saida with Mario Kirlis, and probably a few more I haven't bought. Each one brings its own format and combinations, style, and instruction type.

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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I love this dvd. I get a good workout that makes me sweat and I have already seen results in my abdominal muscles, hips and thighs. There is a beginner and intermediate level. I am mastering the beginner level before going on to the intermediate level. I love this DVD. I also would recommend Luscious. They both have an instructional section that will show you how to do the moves before you tackle the workout which is really nice.
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I have to confess that I own most of World Dance New York's bellydance videos. Some are great, some are less so, and of the bunch this rhythms workout comes out at the top. It's a great introduction for beginners, even better than Luscious - The Bellydance Workout for Beginners, with what seems to be a much more thorough tutorial section. Complete beginners will still want to try live instruction if they can, but this video can easily help them to build on those early lessons.

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.
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I was so excited to receive my copy of The Belly Dance Rhythms Workout!

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.
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