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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziyade View Post
    Video says it best -- if the instructor has video on line, check it out. If you want to dance like that, take her class. (But not all of us have video online -- I'm working on it but I have very very little on tape. Just because she doesn't have a web video presence doesn't mean she's not a great teacher. Morocco only just last year posted a vid of herself and she's been teaching since the earth cooled.
    Aziyade, that is priceless. That being said, I have a lot of respect for Morocco and her contribution to bellydance.

    I'm a perfect example of someone who tried to go it alone for 7 years with instructional videos and DVD's. I knew from the very beginning that it was a poor substitute for live instruction, but at the time, there were no classes available in my hometown, and I had no opportunity at the time to go to another city to take classes. Although I learned some of the basic moves and a few combos, I was missing all the little nuances of the dance. Not to mention that it's so annoying to hear the DVD instructor chirp, "Good job, ladies!"when I knew good and well that she couldn't see me to know what I was doing!

    If a person is just looking for another fitness program, DVD's alone may be fine as long as care is taken to do the moves correctly (but there again, how does one know without an instructor?), but if it's your heart's desire to sincerely learn bellydance, nothing can substitute live instruction.

    Hang in there, stepbystep, when there's a will, there's a way. Start saving now for a "bellydance class fund," then when you are able to locate a qualified teacher that you want to take lessons with, go for it! But mind you, bellydance is veeeeeeeeeeery addictive...
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    she's been teaching since the earth cooled.


    Oh, nonsense. Rocky herself says she didn't start until about the time Noah launched the ark. Don't exaggerate.

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    just to chime in, as a newbie who HAS learned much from dvds.
    it just depends on the person, i think a person would know whether they will benefit from dvds or not. i've been belly dancing at home for a couple months along with the dvd luscious with neon, blanca and sarah (i believe) a princess farhana dvd and honestly, i watch quite a bit of belly dancing on you tube and such. just started using rachel brice's isolations drills.
    anyways, my point is. i have gone to two actual belly dance classes now and the teacher thinks i should move up to the intermediate class and is pretty amazed at what i can do with absolutely not training.
    so it really depends on the type of person you are, how passionate you are or dedicated. it can be done.
    but i do like going to the class and *knowing* that i'm doing it right.

    i always knew if i kept at it i would eventually start formal classes i just wanted to be sure i'd really love it. and thanks to the dvds i have a great foundation to build on, at and intermediate level.

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