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The Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Workout, with Irina: A bellydance fitness class of 100% tribal fusion style moves. Includes complete belly dance instructional how-to

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Created by Irina, New York City-based star of Tribal Fusion Belly dance, The Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Workout features a series of drills and combinations designed to condition and tone the muscles of your lower and upper body, and enhance your dance technique through continuous practice of a wide range of Tribal Fusion Style moves, accents, and transitions.

Tribal Fusion Style Belly Dance is known for its strong isolations, muscular movements, and sharp locks, as well as graceful and expressive arm patterns. Irina introduces these elements gradually, in layers, making it easy to grasp and practice even challenging and sophisticated movement.

The workout consists of three sets of drills focusing on upper body, lower body, and, lastly, movement sequences engaging the total body and working on upper and lower body coordination. Each set is broken down into several topics and is drilled at an energetic pace. Layers, such as continuous arm patterns, level changes and traveling steps are added onto the basic movements, for an additional challenge.

The Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Workout is for dancers of all skill levels. Dancers newest to Tribal Fusion Style can focus on the basic forms of Tribal Fusion movement, while the more experienced dancer can enjoy playing with the medley of layers Irina introduces in the final version of each topic.

You can do all three sequences one after the other for a thorough and challenging dance practice, or pick just one or two sets of drills for a targeted muscle conditioning and technique refresher.

The program also includes a yoga warmup and a Technique Breakdown where Irina introduces Tribal Fusion belly dance moves used in the workout, step-by-step.

The Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Workout has two soundtrack options: with voice cues and with music only.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Irina
  • Directors: Irina
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00095MBQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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OK, so I'm over 50, I'm not good at remembering choreography, I'm slow at picking up movements, I'm not especially coordinated, I'm overwieght, and I have bad knees.

Now that that's out of the way...

I bought Irina's video after purchasing Luscious, Bellydance: Beautiful Technique, and Love Potion. It moved a little too quickly for me so I also bought Hard Candy and worked through that while practicing the movements on Irina's Tribal Fusion Workout. Tribal Fusion isn't a particularly easy video for me. I still have problems layering a shimmy on a reverse undulation. And the "Total Body" portion is still a little out of my league, what with alternating hip and shoulder shimmies while slowly stepping more or less in place. (I can still hear Irina's instructions in my head which is probably a good sign. ;)) But that's not the fault of the video.

This is where I rebut the more critical review[s]:

1) Nowhere does it say that Tribal Fusion workout is especially geared to beginners. It's an open level video, meaning that the beginner can take the movements she knows how to execute and leave out the layers she has a hard time with, while still achieving a good workout. More skilled dancers can follow the layering at their own levels.

2) Irina does break down the movements, starting slowly and then building speed. The instruction is nuanced so it might escape some people's notice.(It took me a while to figure that out myself.) The initial tutorial is fairly but not excessively slow, as is each section of the workout that follows. By the time the choreography is assembled and you're taking it from the top, the speed has increased ... oh, about double. But you do get half-time and full speed before that.
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Irina Akulenko is one of the softest and most graceful tribal fusion dancers I've seen on video. Soft, because her moves are feminine and pretty rather than the hard and sometimes robotic moves that are used in tribal fusion. Graceful because she's beautiful to begin with and her ballet training gives her fantastic form. She has a very wide range of movement. She uses a lot of arm work - again, the pretty kind rather than the serpentine -- and she's expressive. Irina's dancing is also simpler rather than being gimmicky - and that's a total breath of fresh air.
When I saw the preview for the Bellydance Tribal Fusion Workout DVD, I couldn't wait for it be available. Somehow the moves she was using looked more accessible to a tribal fusion beginner. And while I may have done a bit of tribal fusion drilling, I haven't done so well with combinations or gone through an entire TF choreography. Well, except Arabian Spices. Irina's performance on her new DVD particularly won me over.

Mossy, young composer of the song used for Irina's choreography, was quite blown away when he saw her performance. Not only was he amazed at her dancing, he thought she really danced his song, Retrying, as he felt it. That's a great compliment to a dancer, wouldn't you say?
Well, finally I do have my copy of Tribal Fusion Workout. I've only worked with it a little yet, so this is a "first look".

A different format
Although many of the essentials such as tutorial of basics, warm up, cooldown, practice with and without music and cues, performance etc are in the familiar format seen on other World Dance videos, the main workout on this video follows a different arrangement.
Everything fits into three big chunks - upper body, lower body, total body.
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WHAT MAKES THIS DVD SPECIAL - Irina uses a similar learning/drilling method than Rachel Brice in Serpentine - Belly Dance with Rachel Brice :: Bellydance Technique & Yoga for Strong, Relaxed & Sinuous Movement. The combinations are layered almost from the beginning (some are really difficult, since Irina asks you for example to make "staccato movements" with your upper body while your arms should flow smoothly and not follow the staccato rythm). If you are a beginner you can stay with the main isolation that is being drilled, whereas if you are more advanced, you can try to layer the steps/arms combinations to it. This can be quite challenging, since it is difficult to ignore the other movements and just stick for example to your chest circle and not move your feet, so you feel you cannot follow. But at some point you manage to stick to one movement and at some next point and without really noticing it, you will add the feet in one combination (some moves are quite intuitive, so you get into the steps gradually and at your own pace). For example you can leave out the hip shimmies that accompany some footwork or undulation; your dance may not look as "rounded", but simple steps performed elegantly and with precision also look good. This method allows you to "grow" with the DVD, so you can use it for a long time period as your skills improve. If you are a total beginner, you can stick to drilling the moves in the break down section; since the drills are done with music it is also fun.

This DVD is totally different from her newer DVD
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