15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Secrets of the Stage Volume One: A Performance Course for Belly Dancers by Michelle Joyce (DVD)
I agree with the other reviewers who have described this dvd so well! As described, this dvd uses belly dance performance clips and interviews with the dancers to demonstrate different stage presentation techniques. It also includes a number of exercises for the viewer to use to explore the ideas and techniques. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it takes a little time to fully absorb the content and I am still working on it.
This dvd is not for everyone. It may not interest dancers who:
*Are new to bellydance / Oriental Dance and want to learn the techniques.
*Want a dance workout--this dvd does not include a workout or any dance technique
*Who want to learn choreographies or combinations as it does not teach any.
This will interest dancers who:
*Are interested in performing (even just for friends and family)! Any bellydancer interested in performing may find something of interest starting at an advanced-beginners level.
*Performers who suffer get nervous when they perform! This dvd has great tips for staying calm and giving a great performance even when things don't go as planned. It also contains short exercises that can be done back stage to use a little nervous energy and a guided relaxation exercise.
*Dancers looking to improve their performance improvisation ability. The dvd contains tips on improv. and also a great exercise that uses 7 different musical clips taken from performances on this dvd.
*Performers who are always looking for ideas to improve their performances!
The performance clips are well-filmed. The lighting and sets are clear and attractive so you can see the dancer. The dancers are all beautifully costumed and the narration feels very conversational. I believe all the clips come from volumes one and two of the "By Dancers For Dancers" performance dvd. I have not seen these dvds, but will certainly look forward to purchasing them in the future to see the complete performances!
Overall, I am most impressed with the way this dvd combines "airy", abstract ideas like energy projection with visual examples and exploratory exercises to make the concepts more concrete. I have found this dvd to be inspiring and beautifully done!