Top positive review
Is it worth it?
October 5, 2011
On the root menu it has.
Catalog of dance steps: Layers and timing variations for step and step hold. Combinations with style variation.
Foundation terminology and concepts
Foundation movements and positions
About Autumn, Credit and also from World Dance New York
The welcome section is the exact piece that WDNY has put out as their advertising demo. It is an overview of what is on the dvd.
In the catalog of dance steps portion she is just demonstrating the movement there is no breakdown, no voice over saying anything about the movement. The actual name of the movement she is demonstrating is shown at the bottom of the screen. Autumn does each demonstration forward and backward.
Layers and timing variations for step and step hold: For steps- Steps in every succession, Ball Change, Step-Ball-Change. For Step-Hold, Touch under the body or front, Knee lift and knee lift-extended, Extend front, Touch or extend side, Arabesque, Extend back(Parallel) and knee bend, swing through
Combinations with style variations: Modern Egyptian, Egyptian folklore(theatricized style), Saidi (Theatricized womens style) American Cabaret, Veil, Contemporary lyrical, Contemporary fusion.
The building blocks section is where she begins teaching some of the terms and concepts that go with the movement catalog section. In the foundation movements-she does not break down any movement , she again demonstrates movements.
The study guide is a written section that tells about the study guide and where it can be found.
Foundation terminology;Lifting the foot from the floor, Hip-ankle and foot articulation, steps-holds and layers, step-hold sequence, step terminology, ball chance and step-ball change, other step patterns, bellydance turn technique. Defining rotation: Inside and outside, open and close,.Breakdown for turns.
Foundations movements and positions: Heel lift or drop and hop, pivot, touch or lift under the body, push-pull-touch extend front-extend side-extend back, hipwork driven by touches and extensions, leg sweeps, other leg circles and swings, rotating around extensions, unweighted hipwork layers for holds, upperbody layers for holds, cross pivot, push-pivot, and traveling turns.
There is no performance at the end. Basically, this is just what it says it is a catalog of traveling movements. I think this DVD would be perfect to look through for different traveling movements or step combinations. It's hard to rate whether her teaching style was effective in this DVD because there was practically nothing taught. Everything besides the concepts was quick demonstrations. She did break down the concepts and terminology rather well but briefly.
The total running time is 65minutes. And the whole dvd is pretty much demonstrations. I don't really know what to make of this dvd. I like the concept and I loved the movements but I'm not sure how useful it will be to dancers who do not already have the dance vocabulary available to use them. Granted the majority of the movements were not overly difficult. If you are a beginner and cannot pick up dance movements from watching others dance, this dvd may not be for you. When the DVD stated that it is not dance instruction-they were telling the truth. There is no movement breakdown whatsoever on this DVD. This DVD really is for those who just need a collection of these steps to look through for planning a choreography or maybe a practice session. For intermediate to advanced Some of these movement could be taken and put into practice session to help ingrain them more in muscle memory. Even though I would say that I am not a particular fan of this DVD, I won't say that I disliked it either. I will have to give it 5 stars . This dvd does exactly what is says it does. It gives a catalog of movements with no instruction. So if you were looking to get a bit of Autumns dance technique breakdown through this dvd, look elsewhere it is not here. Is this dvd worth it? If you want a dvd for the reasons stated above then yes. But had I paid "attention" to what was being offered I would have skipped this dvd altogether. Her online study guide mimics the dvd. She goes over the contents of the dvd in much the same format .