Bellydance with Fire: Stellar Body
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Neon's signature nightclub show numbers, balancing a tray of burning candles on her head or dancing with the candelabrum "crown" are featured. Neon blends the fire theme with "Wings of Isis," veil, and her cherished innovation, The Flower Tray.
Neon's burning candle and flower tray performances are always true acts of balance, utilizing no adhesives or friction-enhancing substances of any kind.
Artistic vision honors tradition, yet works relentlessly to transcend it. Neon's performances reflect her search for a balance between the flashy nightclub act and the subtlety inherent in this sensual and ever-evolving artform. Unstoppable innovation is the essence of her art.
If you wish to step outside of the box of traditional belly dance, this is a DVD you must have! -- Jasel, "Jareeda" Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
There is no doubt that her technique is flawless and her slow movements are just captivating- particularly the use of her hands which just seem to float in the air and create a rippling water effect.
Although as a performance DVD, it was all a bit repetitive. Each section contained the same movements and lacked a bit of variety, it just seemed as though each section was about the new object she was balancing on her head and the costume change rather than what else she could do with her body. The music was very modern yet repetitive as well- it almost became annoying.
As far as bellydance DVD's go, the quality is just excellent. Very professional and easy to watch/navigate from the main menu.
I recommend it for anyone who wants to gain knowledge of different performance styles and get ideas on how to perform with balancing. Or, if you just want to see a great preformance. Neon is an excellent dancer, no doubt about it!
You will probably like this DVD if you are:
- bored with your collection and want to have something new and different
- looking for quality videos
- interested in balancing objects while dancing
- a fan of "Neon style"
- looking for a graceful, fluid, experienced dancer
- happy to escape the classical tabla performance and see that bellydance moves can be successfully used with modern music.
- trying to find more original ideas for your own performance.
This DVD is probably not for you if:
- you do not like Neon style. Neon style implies a lot of figure 8s, chest circles, twists, undulations, fluid moving but next to no shimming and accents.
Neon is indeed the kind that even experienced dancers would look at and ask themselves, ~how does she do it?~ The way she undulates is very powerful.
However, my main complaint is that once because of her choice of music, second because of her style, her dancing is quite repetative and if you get bored very easily, you may find yourself skipping on to the next performance, thinking "I've seen 5 mins, I've seen it all".
- Do NOT buy this DVD if you believe it should be done only to mid-eastern music. Neon is a fan of techno/club music and all the tunes she uses are smooth and easy. This unfortunately leaves too little chance for interpretation too.
- are looking for a lot of dancing on one DVD. Pay attention, it's 30-something minutes run time. This is a SHORT DVD.
All in all, this one is innovative - which may, or may not be liked by buyers, according to their own idea of bellydance.
Neon's grace is captivating, and her perfect, sculpted figure is sheathed in luxurious, stunning costumes that flow and shimmer. Some of them have gossamer wings shaped like those of the goddess Isis, which Neon uses to dazzling effect. The final fabulous dance, in a jeweled, burgundy garment is glorious, and Neon does all her dancing in high heels, another unusual aspect of her innovative style. The eight selections are "Arrival of the Celestial Object," "Tidal Pull," "Meteorite Shower," "Interstellar Safari," "Return of the Comet," "Orbital Eccentricity," "Granddaughter of a Russian Missile Designer," and "Stellar Nebula Hypothesis." The music used in these dances is contemporary and melodic; a blend of electronic pop with a touch of New Age, and always pleasant to listen to.
Born is Moscow, this Russian beauty makes New York City her home, where she performs and teaches. Neon's dancing is sensual and elegant, with a subtle ethereal quality, and she has raised the art of bellydancing to a new level; one also senses she has a deep intelligence along with her charismatic charm. Neon is always a delight to watch, and this DVD is one that can be played repeatedly and will never lose its luster. Total running time is 35 minutes.