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Bellydance for Beginners with Suhaila: Fitness Fusion - 4 Volume Gift Set (Buns, Jazz, Pilates, Yoga)
Bellydance for Beginners with Suhaila: Fitness Fusion - 4 Volume Gift Set (Buns, Jazz, Pilates, Yoga)
DVD ~ Suhaila Salimpour
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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exercise for belly dancers (not belly dance for exercisers), February 24, 2005
Belly dance has come into vogue again, so of course there's been a rush of belly-dance fitness videos. Most market the same simple moves, performed to cheesy music--a kind of belly-aerobic crossbreed complete with fixed smiles and devoid of art.

Salimpour's videos go beyond those beginner moves to the isolations and exercises that will improve the viewer's dance. In other words, she doesn't offer the usual hip-twist, chest-lift routine meant for someone who's taken six weeks of belly dance class at the gym. Instead, these videos include drills meant both to exercise those muscles most pertinent to belly dance and to develop mastery of the shimmy and undulation. A beginner might benefit from following along, but this isn't the usual mechanical review of basics.

As a bonus the videos offer some great performances by Salimpour, a uniquely expressive and powerful dancer, and some inspiring advice and anecdotes about her weight gain and loss, motherhood, career pressures, and time management.


Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Scene & Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing)
by Jack M. Bickham
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bickham teaches writers to build compelling story, February 21, 2004
In Scene and Structure Bickham says that, to propel a story forward, every scene must end in disaster. By "disaster" he doesn't mean natural disasters or brutal deaths, but that the viewpoint character should have his attempt to pursue a goal thwarted again and again until his desperation pushes him to risk everything in a final attempt. At first, this seems simplistic, and it doesn't describe all stories, but reading this book raised my awareness of what makes some stories compelling while others seem diffuse and uninvolving.
Bickham also dwells on the aftermath of every confrontational scene and, in laying out the total pattern, provides the most useful analysis of story I've yet seen.


Screenwriting For Dummies
Screenwriting For Dummies
by Laura Schellhardt
Edition: Paperback
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schellhardt provides clear analysis of structure, February 20, 2004
Screenwriting for Dummies provides comprehensive information about how to construct a screenplay, from concept to pitch, but its most valuable aspect is Schellhardt's coverage of film structure. She shows the bones of a good screenplay in a manner that doesn't seem so much formulaic as archetypal: a movie starts with its status quo, hits an inciting incident; its protagonist forms a plan of action at plot point one, hits the high or low of his story at the midpoint, renews his efforts at plot point two, and earns his reward, or tragedy, in the conclusion. Schellhardt clued me in to the pattern, and now, when I sense a movie petering out or losing its focus, I have a notion why it happened.
Schellhardt also covers outline writing in detail and takes a couple of pages to discuss the purpose and interleaving of subplot, as well as the usual stuff about formatting and marketing. This has not only become my favorite book on screenwriting, but has proven useful in my evolving understanding of plot in fiction.


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