Bellydance for Beautiful Freaks, with TeMPeST: Gothic bellydance classes, Belly dance instruction, belly dance for social dancing
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For the free spirits and the urban rebels, for Beautiful Freaks of every persuasion who revel in the unusual and the unique, welcome to an offering of self-expression through dance. Join Tempest, a pioneer of Gothic Bellydance in the US, to learn steps and combinations based on the vocabulary of bellydance and adapted to look awesome on a club dancefloor.
Bellydance is an ancient dance of sensuality, body awareness, and cultural blending. In the course of its long history, it has experienced celebration, exaltation, rejection, and ban. It has been worshipped. It has been damned. It has traveled continent to continent and become infused with the wealth of many cultures. If you are looking for a movement style that is different, darkly-exotic and sophisticated, yet feels natural and can be easily modified to fit your individual body language, dance, and clothing style, Belly Dance For Beautiful Freaks will bring you the dance club experience you are seeking - and may inspire you to delve deeper into the world of creative movement.
You can bellydance to any kind of music, from ambient and ethereal to the most pounding hardcore. Whatever mood you need to match, Bellydance for Beautiful Freaks has the engaging, expressive movements you want. Bellydance is a great way to increase your energy level: Even casual social dancing tones the body -- as well as the mind.
If you are a dancer interested in Raks Gothique, or Gothic Bellydance, welcome home. Captured by a camera lens, may this be a glimpse of the realm where - across age groups and national borders - we share our vision of Gothic Bellydance as both social and performance dance - the beautiful, soul-capturing, inspiring art. Enjoy performances by Tempest, hear her thoughts on projecting our individuality through dance, and reflect on the long path the Beautiful Freaks of the world have traversed to create the dance culture we call our own.
Set to amazing Gothic, Industrial, Dark Cabaret, and Dark Ambient music by Collide, Skinny Puppy, Jill Tracy, and Nox Arcana, this dance exploration pays no tribute to the rules and rhythms of the mundane world. The Beautiful Freak within will feel the heartbeat that resonates in time with yours.
Warm-Up (Nox Arcana, Temple of the Black Pharaoh - Album: Necronomicon) Nox Arcana, Necronomicon Slow Combinations I & II: step-by-step instruction and demonstration (Collide, Halo remixed by Sensory Gate - Album: Vortex) Collide, Vortex Skinny Puppy, The Greater Wrong of the Right Fast Combinations I & II: step-by-step instruction and demonstration (Skinny Puppy, I'mmortal - Album: The Greater Wrong of the Right ) Capturing the Expression & Essence of Gothic Belly Dance - a mini-workshop Performances by Tempest: 1. Dark Cabaret (Jill Tracy, Evil Night Together - Album: Diabolical Streak) 2. Salomatra (Nox Arcana, Snake Charmer - Album: Carnival of Lost Souls) Jill Tracy, Diabolical Streak Nox Arcana, Carnival of Lost Souls Resources the Body, Mind, and Soul Bonus performances by Tempest
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I did have one bit about the Expression Workshop, she is a little too "candid" in a couple places, and tends to overexplain. ("porn face"). But I suppose the target audience for this video is of the more open-minded set (not many prissy grandmas and soccer moms) so it's not a huge deal. It's a good thing to include though, and Tempest makes a good point that Goth BD is NOT the same as Cabaret or Tribal; IMO, it's as different from each of those as they are from each other.
And of course, her performances at the end are great to watch!
I'd definitely recommend the DVD for the arm work and the performances at the end as well as for Tempest's down-home goth wisdom for stage. She really does have a certain presence, a confidence and creative independence that translates quite well. She's very likable.
There is one very small part that didn't do it for me. The overly dramatic facial expression, the green goth attire, and the big black boots do not mix well with the sideways rocking, hard shoulder shimmy in one segment. It's clunky, and not particularly attractive. Thankfully, it's a rather short segment in a much longer DVD.
Although it's goth, the DVD does have some solid elements that can translate into other bellydance genres. While other instructional DVDs are copied move-for-move, this one requires a dancer to be a bit more discerning what she takes into her dance from here.
All in all, it's worth a look-see. You may not watch it quite as often as your other bellydance DVDs, but you will learn something from it.
I really like her style of teaching, and found myself catching on right away. In addition, she does an excellent job of giving cues. The music is phenomenal, and includes the beats of gothic artists such as Jill Tracy and Collide. Tempest also includes some flamenco-inspired moves in Bellydance for the Beautiful Freaks, making this a true fusion winner.
She has a very witty sense of humour. She runs through the moves and makes it easy. The warmup wasnt quite as good as I thought but it definately warmed me up enough.
Tempests' performances at the end are very good. Pity there's only two though.
The routines are broken down easily and in two sections. One slow and one faster. I found it easier (for me) to do the slower one as Im only a beginner.
The gothic workshop was fun and full of info especially if you will be performing on stage, which one day soon I will be.
Loved it :)
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