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Silk & Feathers: Burlesque Fan Dancing: Burlesque instruction, Fan dance how-to, Burlesque dance classes [DVD] [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]
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In Silk and Feathers Jo Weldon teaches three fan dance routines - with beautiful small marabou fans, glamourous veil fans, and with fabulous and sophisticated large ostrich fans. The dances are set to classic burlesque music and use a wide array of movement, poses, and techniques from the distinctive vocabulary of burlesque fan dance.
Each routine is carefully constructed for beginners, with precise movement and repetitions to build skills specific to this unique art. You will learn all the basics of burlesque fan dance, enhance the grace and poise of your movement, and expand your musicality and acting skills as the dances take you from sensuality to playfulness, and from a grand-diva stance to naughtiness.
Jo Weldon demonstrates three fan dances and teaches them step-by-step. The focus of Jo's instruction is on manipulating the fans, and the art of revealing, concealing, and framing. You can incorporate these routines as burlesque into a striptease act, or perform them as visual spectacles without striptease. A special section of the program offers you tips and techniques for performing striptease behind the large ostrich fans during your fan dance act.
Jo explains hand and arm positions and the concept of leading in minute detail: These are the most vital elements of the fan dance skill. She also shares suggestions on expressivity, and on projecting the joy, humor, and sensuality that will make your burlesque dance an unforgettable experience for your audience.
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The program sections are neatly arranged with ease of navigating from one section to the next.
To begin, a candid welcome and short history and tribute to burlesque, Sally Rand and her dance career.
A brief chat on types of fans used in many dances.
A demonstration on ostrich fans allows the viewer the details in fans and size, arm and hand positions, types of feathers and staves used, using the fans open or bolted,
The warm up is simple, set to slow tempo and Jo is comfortable in lingerie and high heels demonstrating shoulder rolls, chest circles simple pelvic rotations
The instructional section follows with three dance demonstrations . Here you will learn to incorporate the beautiful fans into three beginner dance routines. Each routine uses different fans and their basic arm and hand technique.The following fans are used in the routines:
Large Ostrich fans which are glamorous and the moves such as layering reveal, pulsing, swirls, are used to conceal and reveal the body during the dance.
Small fans are used in 4 step by step combos in a saucy number with big attitude, framing the body and flirty.
Silk fan veils are used in the last 4 step by step combos. These are very basic flutters that embellish the body in a sensual way,.The fans are used closed as well to accent drum beats.
Also included in this dvd is a trailer from the video "Honey and Spice Sensual and Fierce Burlesque", also by Jo Weldon.
The music is fantastic new Orleans jazz from Ronnie Magri's album.Read more ›
There is alot of good info on these DVDs, history, Burlesque as a art form, tips, positioning and basic instruction. Especially if you have never done this type of thing before. But I found the instructor's persona left me flat & it was hard for me to stay excited about learning the material all the way through, for she seemed to come across as hard & detached.
With Silk & Feathers, I wanted to learn how to dance with the Sally Rann type fans- there is lots of prep-how to hold, tips, history, what kind to buy, etc. but there weren't enough actual fan dancing moves taught in the routine. Jo did teach a step by step choreography with them- but it was really a series of short simple poses strung together. It looked ametuer to me. I could have figured out how to do this from what was offered in the reveal & conceal section. Maybe that's just me, I guess I expected too much.
The rest of what is taught is with smaller fans & fan veils (bellydance). I personally don't feel they have the same mystic & presence of the large fans, so the rest of the material wasn't relevant for me.
I will say there is alot of good information on this dvd. If you are looking for instruction on the large dance fans, this is a good introduction- but there's not enough here to really learn how to dance with them.
I wish there were more instructional dvds available on this topic...if there were I would buy them.
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DVD is very good. Breaks things down and provides good, clear instructions for fan dancing. International shipping took a bit longer than expected.Published 13 months ago by B R Lomas
It's a good video but not great unless you got the honey and spice video first. Great instruction, nice beginner routines, could have used a little more explanation on what I'm... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Heidi Obelenus
Learned all my fan dancing essentials off this DVD. The best!Published 21 months ago by Sarah Benitez
It was super easy and fun but also very short in duration. It's a great resource for the beginning fan dancer.Published on December 9, 2013 by Talia Gabriel-Shenandoah
I ended up writing 3 pages of notes on this DVD! In the first section of the video, instructor Jo Weldon gives a background on burlesque dance history and the ins and outs of the... Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Lauren Noelle Clarke
Jo Weldon is very informative and explains directions very well. this video is great for ppl who are just starting burlesque classes or who need suggestions on how to organize an... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by j.roberts
Ok if you are a beginner dancer this DVD with you passion for Burlesque will start your own fire. If you are a trained dancer who wants To know all about fans this will give you... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by N. Devine