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Bellydance Fitness for Beginners - Basic Moves & Fat Burning

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Bellydance Fitness Fo

From the Back Cover

This ancient form of artistic movement has been practiced for thousands of years and remains exceptionally popular throughout the world. Once performed for royalty and common people alike, these beautiful movements evolved with strong links to womanhood, sensuality and even fertility. But bellydance is also one of the safest, simplest and most effective ways to achieve lasting fitness. Join Veena & Neena Bidasha for a wonderful introduction to the extraordinary benefits of bellydance. They have practiced bellydance since childhood and traveled throughout the world to perform and develop their techniques. They teach popular classes for a wide variety of fold dances from around the world and have performed in film, television, theater, music videos and even during the Academy Awards. Their amazing talent and delightful style will keep you captivated and totally motivated.

Basic Moves - In this production, you will learn the basic moves needed to use bellydance for fitness. The program is easy to learn, will thoroughly exercise your body-from head to toes, but is low impact, relaxing, sensually stimulating and fun. You will also find that the Bellydance Fitness for Beginners - Basic Moves are a delightful, captivating way to express yourself, fully and joyfully. Combined with the captivating rhythms of the original soundtrack, you will find Bellydance Fitness for Beginners - Basic Moves the most pleasurable workout you have ever experienced.

Fat Burning - This workout uses a variety of rhythms and tempos to raise your heart rate to the optimal level of burning calories. The variations in movement and speed will keep you at your target rate without excessive stress or exhaustion. You won't believe how quickly you can lose weight and your whole body will benefit from the wonderful cardio conditioning. Losing weight or maintaining a desired weight is a constant struggle, but bellydance will help you enjoy the effort. It is the perfect exercise to help you reach your goals, feel good about yourself and have fun. It is an experience you will look forward to everyday!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Veena Bidasha, Neena Bidasha
  • Directors: David Nakahara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N8AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. D. Shaver on January 8, 2002
Format: DVD
The "beginners" part of the title is in reference to the DVD in question offering instructions on how to bellydance for someone who may never have done it before. It teaches basic moves and exercises the various areas of the body that are used during bellydance. DO be able to get through the first workout if you aren't in shape -- but do NOT expect the same with the second workout (hence my reason for refering to the title as deceptive).
The basic moves section of this DVD is good for someone who is out of shape (like me) and looking for something that stretches and challenges at the same time. It doesn't really burn fat or get your heart rate going like, say, a Tae-Bo workout would, but it does get your body moving and teaches you some unusual dance moves at the same time.
The fat burning section is something else entirely. Intermediate users who have some tone and strength to their muscles might be able to deal with the constant up-down-up-down movement, but even after a month of fairly steady exercise with other titles, I still can't get through the first part of this workout. The constant bouncing in particular seems to agitate my knees and ankles.
So, in short -- the first workout is good for stretching, coordination, grace, and learning a little bit about bellydance. The second is good if your knees and ankles can take it and you have the endurance to tough it out. That person isn't me, but it might be you :)
DVD options include sound type (Dolby 5.1 or Dolby 2), editing out the commentators's voices, and information about the benefits of bellydance. The dance footage that was originally part of the credits on the VHS versions of these workouts is also included, and I would almost say that they're worth the price of admission. As difficult as I found the second workout to be, I find watching Veena and Neena dance to be awe-inspiring. They are very good at what they do, and their costumes are incredible!
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Format: VHS Tape
I disagree with the people who say this workout doesn't teach you to dance -- a lot of what I've learned from just this video I've used while dancing. The two times I've gone dancing, in fact, people have turned and cheered me on when they saw I was shaking my hips like there was no tomorrow.
But it probably is a poor video if you're looking to create dances out of what you learn here. It's an EXCELLENT video, though, if you want something unusual and fun to add to your workout routine, which is why it's called the Bellydance Fitness WORKOUT.
If you don't have a lot of money, go with this video first. If you're out of shape (like me), it WILL get your heartrate up and stretch your limbs. Then when you get to a point where you're able, go for one of the other three.
I recommend it for a workout. There are moves in here that make a woman feel sensuous and sexy, even if she doesn't have Neena or Veena's body :)
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Format: DVD
I love the beginning workout on this CD. It reminds me a lot of Tai Chi--but with music and some prettier moves. I bought this DVD to have a short and easy workout to alternate with an easy Tai Chi workout. I can almost do this workout and will be able to do it soon. It covers all sections of my body, but is not so strenuous that I will damage myself. Veena and Neena are experienced instructors and they make the workout fun, relaxing and thorough. I have not done the fat burning portion yet--I will save it for when I can do the basic moves easily and want to step up the action. It looks like there is a more advanced set of DVDs that is available if I ever get really smooth and want to move it up more.
This is a very professionally done DVD with attention to scene and background selection, good sound, selection of music and costuming as well as sound method.
Many films of this nature often leave a lot to be desired--but this one is professionally laid out and I will enjoy it for years.
I will probably buy the more advanced three set if I put in enough time to get smooth on this beginning tape.:)
I am too old to want to bellydance in a public class, but this is really fun and inspiring to try this in my own home. :)
Mary Z. Cox
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By A Customer on January 11, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I ordered this video at the same time as "The Goddess Workout". I suspected "Goddess" might be beyond my ability to grasp right away and I was right. Don't get me wrong - it's a very nice video, but I am an EXTREME beginner to bellydance. I am also a KLUTZ. I don't dance. At all. However, bellydance looked intriguing (and way more fun than aerobics, which I have always detested). I received "Goddess" first and put it into the machine. I saw right away it involved more skill than I had or could pick up the first 20 times I did the workout (and I'm not talking about being able to dance like Dolphina - I'm talking about getting the basic moves down). I knew I would end up frustrated and stop trying unless I learned the basic moves. Then this video arrived. Watching Neena and Veena, I understood better what Dolphina was trying to show me. I fell in love with this video. It's an exercise tape. You won't be learning the dances on this tape. But, if you're anything like me and take forever to get "Grapevine" right at your aerobics class, this tape will really help you learn and master the basic moves. Then you can move on from there. When I was a little girl, I saw "The Nutcracker". I wanted to be the Sugar Plum Fairy. I took a ballet class and discovered that I'm not a natural. I'll never dance professionally (in any genre). I gave up ballet. But I have come to learn that no one becomes the Sugar Plum Fairy overnight. Or in a week, month, or year. This time, I'm in it for the long haul. No, I'll never dance as well as Neena or Veena (or Dolphina). But I will develop strength and grace. And I'll get better at bellydance.
I'm babbling. Bottom line: I enjoyed this video very much and have ordered the others in the set. And Dolphina will be revisited in a couple of weeks, to see what I've learned that can be applied.
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