Belly Dance Basics & Beyond, with Jenna: Belly Dancing Classes for a Solid Foundation - Bellydance how-to, belly dance technique
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Jenna's presentation of belly dance basics begins with posture, the foundation on which dance movement is built. The basic arms section teaches you how to maintain and enhance a beautiful elongated body line through graceful positioning of the arms and hands.
Jenna's warmup includes select dance moves and dynamic stretches and is designed as a light total-body workout.
The footwork section of Belly Dance Basics and Beyond lays the foundation for traveling steps, focusing on a number of patterns, such as basic walk, 2-step and triple step traveling and ways to change directions.
Isolations of shoulders, ribcage and hips are building blocks of bellydance movement and Jenna breaks down slides, lifts, drops, arcs and sharp accents. Some of these elements are dance moves in their own right, and others help to form compound moves.
Compound moves are the essential vocabulary of belly dance - circles, undulations and figure 8s. Jenna's technique of building them from the smallest and most basic elements up, ensures that they are performed with effortless grace. Next, Jenna shows how to layer simple and compound moves on top of traveling steps.
Jenna's practice combinations offer five 5-minute practice sessions made from many exciting bellydance combinations. As you follow Jenna, you can listen to the music together with her verbal cues or you can select the music-only option. This section offers a series of excellent technique drills and can be combined with the warmup for a fantastic 30-minute moderate workout. The last session contains stretches and can serve as a cooldown.
Top Customer Reviews
There are now dozens and dozens of beginner bellydance instruction videos. I've always wondered just how the market supports quite that many. Among them, this one now ranks among the top few because you find everyone in on e place, explained and demonstrated well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to the next person who asks what they should have in their starter kit.
Unlike many of the other dvds, you'll find a section on traveling steps and layering. So it really does live up to its promise of basics and beyond. It has a sizeable practice section which is quite useful.
The only thing that could have added to it, in my opinion, is the choreography notes (perhaps even on screen) for the performance to Layla.
What can beginners get out of this? Everything in one easy solid package.
What can intermediate dancers get out of it? A good reference, and a workout plus drill.
It's unbelievable value for money.
It is set in a studio - with a wall-to-wall mirrors on the front, at an angle .. so essentially you the viewer can see the moves from the front and the back. You will miss nothing of the footwork or body and arm movements, and this is very important especially with bellydancing.
This setting is a major plus as it does make it feel like you are "in" the studio. The instructor, Jenna, also helps contribute to this, with her nice pleasing speech and manner .. so that it feels like a 1-on-1 class (but in your living room!). She is also not very intimidating - unlike most fitness videos or even bellydancing videos.
It starts off with the absolute basics - with each body part done individually - the shoulders, the legs, the hips etc. All the movements are done or should I say, introduced separately before combining them together as you move further along with the DVD.
I highly recommend this, especially since it seems like such a steal for the amount of content you get in the DVD.
What I like best about this DVD is that it really is like having a no-frills, personalized lesson with Jenna. My studio is much focused on clean execution of movements and proper body arrangement when you're a beginner and that seems to be Jenna's focus as well. As someone who is new to BD, but not new to the world of dance, I find that's the best thing to build a dance-foundation on. She points out common mistakes where beginners can go wrong, which is super-helpful. She also breaks things down very well so that you can understand exactly how your body is supposed to be moving, as well as performing the movements at different angels so you can get maximum benefit.
The DVD is also sectioned off well, which is great when you want to work on one small section. She also has a good amount of detail for each movement, which is nice. I never felt rushed or confused at to what I was supposed to be doing.
I saw some other review where people complained about lack of performance. I thought that was odd since this is an instructional DVD. If you want to see performance material, then I highly recommend "Bellydance Superstars", "Shake it Up: Exotic Bellydance Performances", or Salimpour's "Scheherazade". If you want to have a good foundation for belly dance, pick up this DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like her style of teaching, but agree with some others who have posted that it's NOT for the absolute beginner. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carrie
Very clear instruction, prompt camera work for easy to follow movement, good DVD for beginner. I bought this as a gift to friend who just started belly dance, and she needed some... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Happy888
I hate it. The product reviews led me to believe that she goes really slowly, but I couldn't keep up with her half the time--I was still working on one movement and she was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amber Zygutis
I love the way this CD is well thought out. Great for true begginnersPublished 13 months ago by Prof.Omayra Vedbraaten