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Perfect Hips Belly Dance Workout: Abs, Hips, Butt & Thighs

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Spice up your fitness routine with belly dance, a fun and exotic new workout that promotes strength, balance and confidence. Hosted by professional belly dancer and personal trainer, Michelle Joyce, this DVD is designed to introduce you to the basics of belly dance while strengthening and toning your abs, thighs, butt and hips.

The shimmies, undulations and hip isolations of this ancient art form are great for targeting the lower torso, an area that is prone to weight gain with age and after child birth.

Belly dance is the perfect way to celebrate your femininity while doing something fun and healthy.

Michelle is a multi award winning belly dancer who has performed around the world, which means you need not travel further than your own living room to learn 100% authentic belly dance. So put on a hip scarf and shimmy your way to a healthy body!

(This DVD is geared toward newcomers to belly dance and has a fitness emphasis. It is designed for exercisers who already have a base level of fitness and may be challenging for those who have never before engaged in an exercise routine.)

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Cheeky Girls Productions
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUA2T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Oh my gosh my legs are on fire! I really felt the burn after doing the section on core conditioning.She is one very fit and talented dancer.
The things I liked about this DVD was
1)she explains the movements briefly, not over and over like some others I've seen/heard
2) the way its broken into segments so I can just click on the workout section I want to review
3)she is warm and calm, never shows any diva attitude, nice smile
4)Easy to follow
5)she instructs facing a mirror which is SO mush easier to follow along to, than having to reverse your movements because the teacher is facing YOU
6)the lighting and mirror/backdrop is not distracting at all-no funky computer generated backgrounds
7) the bonus performance at the end with the beautiful and talented Zaheea
8)she wears workout clothes that show what her body is doing, no skirts that cover up what her knees are doing
9) the camera angles show her whole body, not just shots of her face or specific body parts that happen to be moving
I only wish it was a tad longer with perhaps another different workout with a little more traveling. But still, its very good and you will get crisper isolations following this video continually. LOVED this DVD and I'm going to buy all the others she has out too. Michelle is truly a dancers dancer.
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Let me start by saying the meat of this DVD is great! I have been belly dancing for about a year now, and purchased this DVD to add to my home workout rotation to supplement the classes I take. Even with that experience I still found the workout a good challenge. There's even a more 'advanced' section that includes shimmies. Michelle's breakdown section even put a few more things into better perspective for me, so that's another big plus.

These are the things that kept me from giving it a 5 star rating:

The warmup and cooldown are a bit lacking. The thing you need to watch out for is one of the first moves in the warmup is a rather aggressive stretch. If you haven't been dancing for a while or are fairly sedentary before you start using this DVD... Warm up a little bit even before the workout's warm up. Once you get beyond that first part, it is a decent warmup. The cooldown, I felt like 'why bother with putting it in there?' I just do my own stretching instead.

The overall production of the DVD. I really wish the menu were broken down even further than it was. On other DVDs I have, there is the main menu which has the sections, but they break each section down even further. This works better for those of us who pick out sections to focus on. Yes, that's a bit nitpicky I admit, but I think the production looks a lot more pro when its broken down like that.

Is it worth the money? Yes. I'll be including it in my DVD workout rotation. My thighs and hips definitely felt the burn. And, I can't stress this enough...anybody who is starting to work out or do any form of belly dancing, pay attention to your body and work within its limitations.
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A really good workout - which is kinda rare in bellydance workout DVDs. Plus, it teaches real belly dance technique. Good for people just wanting some kind of different way to get fit, but a really good introduction and foundation for the dance.
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I bought this video because I had liked Michelle's other videos (Basic lesson and drum solo), however I was totally disappointed when I watched it. This video presents exactly the same material as in the other 2 but shortened! What a rip-off...I wish this had been mentioned, that's why I gave it only 2 stars. The material itself is quite good for serious learners of belly dance.
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well lets put it this way...im almost 50 yrs old...over weight and out of shape and i loved this tape. it was easy to follow, easy to master the moves, well explained and slow enough to follow. i give it 5 stars all the way across. if your already into this type of excersize and movement, it may not be energerized enough for You. But if your simply starting out and trying something new, this is the one! the only one thing is that perhaps the instructor fussed with her hair a little to much, maybe should have used a pony tail..laffs
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Repetition is the mother of PERFECTION....here Michelle offers different perspectives in movement and mechanics of dance for both types of audiences. This is the best DVD for people who like CLEAR and DETAILED instruction not like other teachers who are muddy in their technique....you FEEL like Michelle is in your living room giving you a private belly dance lesson. As a belly dance teacher myself for 9 and 1/2 years I would recommend this DVD for any beginning dancer in any dance field OR to ladies at home who want to firm up those flabby areas. ENJOY!
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At first Michelle is kind of intimidating, the warm up is a little fast to begin with but she definately knows what she's doing.You can tell she is also a personal trainer. I like the open dance studio look with a mirror behind her so her, you feel like your are at a lesson. The only 2 things I didn't like is in one part she's talking to the mirror and the cool down leaves quite a bit to be desired. All in all it was a great work out. I can feel my thighs and abs working the whole time and my heart got going. If you want a more toned down and informative video Amira's Bellydance 101 is also a great choice.
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