Contemporary Belly Dance and Yoga, with Ariellah: Tribal fusion bellydance classes, Belly dance fitness, workout, and yoga instruction, Beginner-intermediate
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*a physical conditioning regimen to develop flexibility and strength;
*two sets of bellydance technique drills - basic and advanced - for improved muscle control and precision in executing bellydance isolations;
*a sequence of contemporary bellydance combinations complete with transitions to form an elegant and evocative modern choreography.
Whichever form of belly dance you choose, this training system lays a solid foundation. The flexibility and muscle conditioning section of the program consists of 3 yoga sessions that can be used as a warmup/cooldown or as a stand-alone daily yoga practice:
*Short yoga warmup (8 min.)
*Full yoga warmup (20 min.)
*Yoga cool down (8 min.)
The Yoga sessions focus on building lower body strength and opening the hips to achieve ease and precision in bellydance hipwork. A number of exercises open the chest and increase back flexibility to enhance torso isolations and make dance movement sinuous and fluid.
Belly dance technique drills (75 min.) include hipwork, upper body work, combined hips/upper body isolations and arms/hips coordination. They also include adding level changes to torso isolations and layering hipwork on traveling steps.
The style Ariellah brings to choreographic work is contemporary Tribal Fusion bellydance. She breaks down six combinations, step-by-step, consisting of multiple movements and transitions.
The combination sequence forms a choreography, practiced to two different songs, to encourage creative adaptation of steps and transitions set to music.
The performance section offers 3 spectacular Tribal Fusion / Gothic bellydance performance pieces.
The program is set to ethereal ambient and club music with a flavor of magic and dark mystery, including tracks by Assemblage 23, Die Form, Knossos, Lumin, Soil and Eclipse, Solace, and Stellamara.
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I immediately loved Ariellah's two fantastic drills -adding up to 75 minutes of hard work. I haven't managed 75 at a go yet but am notching up to about 40 minutes so far. That's separate from all the yoga. Ariellah has selected yoga poses and very thoughtfully, there's a short session for those who are not yoga-familiar and a longer one for those who are.
There are no distractions during these drills. Nothing comes in the way. Not the music, not too much talking - nothing. It's an intuitively put together set of drills in which she gives tips I haven't found anywhere else in all my videos and reminders on posture and breathing. Her timing with these is impeccable. Just when I find I'm getting tired, she says "Go on for a bit longer" . That comes from being very well tuned into what her dance students must feel.
Ariellah is all about control right down to the micromovement. If you've seen her elsewhere, you'll know that the seems to take the music, reroute it right through her body, and by the time it reaches you, you're seeing the music as well as hearing it. Her drills begin to give you the foundation for that control In just a few sessions I've found a visible difference with the sharpness of my hip and rib cage movements. The arms? A long way to go for me but I'm relentlessly sticking to the especially solid arms section. All I can say is that I can finely shimmy one shoulder at a time now. Well, the right one, anyway.Read more ›
If you already know bellydance, this is a great DVD. It's probably not recommended for true beginners to dance or if you are not that coordinated.
The DVD is well produced and takes place on a bare stage setting that is a good contrast to Ariellah's black leotards, making it easy to see each movement; you have the choice of a Short or Full yoga warm-up (the "Full" isn't necessarily harder, it is just longer and has a different selection of movements) and there is also a wonderful "Yoga Cool Down" at the very end. After the Drills there is Choreography to learn, and then Combination Practice, repeated so you can practice until perfect. Best of all perhaps are the performances, With Ariellah in her unique and fantastic costumes, spellbinding with her incredible agility and technique in 3 aesthetically beautiful numbers.
Whether you just want to have a terrific yoga workout, or learn the basics of bellydance isolation taught by a master, or get the best of both worlds, Ariellah's Contemporary Belly Dance and Yoga Conditioning is 150 minutes of a winning combination and a great addition to anyone's dance instruction DVD library.
The other thing i loved about this was that i actually felt like my body was really working. Though i might not have gotten the movements down pat i could still get the workout. I love the fact that my arms were aching by the time i was done drilling.
I also love that Ariellah gives not only the "how" of movement, but the "why" as well. By that i mean she often says things like, "You'll want to do it this way because when we work on chest movements you can do them more easily at the same time." That's great incentive to get the movement right if you're a little discouraged. She also continually goes over common mistakes, and reminds you to check your posture just when you need it most. There's also a short intro to basic bellydance position and posture which is a must for beginners.
I absolutely LOVE the yoga warm up and cool down. I mean, i like yoga anyways...but no matter what workout you're doing nothing beats a sun salutation variation/warrior pose to get you in the right mentality to begin a workout. And the stretches! I love the stretches!! I feel the need to again emphasize i love the music. It blends so perfectly with the movements.
Lastly, i love Ariellah as an instructor. I'm not a bellydance expert, but her technique to me is exquisite. She is also a classically trained dancer. Wonderful and inspiring to watch. Asharah put out a similar video for this tribal bellydance line...and the one thing I noticed right off the bat was that her movements seemed so much sloppier compared to Ariellah.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great video for teaching the basics of tribal belly dance. I don't care for regular exercises and find that bellydance and other forms of dance work the best for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jaq
I am likely the type of dancer this was made for as I love strong technique as well as dark stylization in my own dance. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this DVD. The warm up section is very good, and I have noticed a difference in my flexibility after 3 sessions. The DVD arrived in a very good condition. Thank youPublished 5 months ago by Natasha Shiwram
I bought this as a tool for my belly dance home practice. The drills can seem a bit tedious at times, but it's nice to really learn and perfect the basics. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BL
I love this DVD, but even better taking a few classes with her in person has been a blessing. If you are looking for real dark gothic fusion tribal belly dance you will find it all... Read morePublished 12 months ago by matthew allen gomes
This is a fun dvd. I'm new to belly dancing and this dvd was my first experience. I wanted something completely different to add some variety to my fitness routine. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Karin Brown
The learning material is good but the menus or interface is really subpar even for amateur productions.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the content. Great exercise and training. A video I would like to use routinely...except....the problem with playback.
This is why I only gave it 4 stars. Read more