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    Dalila of Cairo has some dvds. I have one but haven't had time to watch it yet. I can never remember if she is spanish or italian though...

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    @lizaj : I've been looking to find some European dvds as I'm not yet sure NTSC and my laptop will like each other...
    While looking on the web, I've seen a website listing some DVDs by London teachers, but I don't know any of them so can't say anything regarding quality. London Belly Dance - belly dance shopping

    Meissoun from Switzerland has produced some multi-language dvds but I haven't watched any so far. Video DVD Libanesischer Tanzstil - Bauchtanz / Orientalischer Tanz / Bollywood Dance. They are about Bollywood and Lebanese Bellydance (Language of website can be switched to English and German).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirin View Post
    @lizaj : I've been looking to find some European dvds as I'm not yet sure NTSC and my laptop will like each other...
    While looking on the web, I've seen a website listing some DVDs by London teachers, but I don't know any of them so can't say anything regarding quality. London Belly Dance - belly dance shopping
    Generally speaking, laptops and computers play nicely with dvds from different regions for about 5 region switches before you're stuck with whatever region the 5th one is. You can purchase some software to stop that from happening, though, but I think you have to use it before you get locked into that last 5th switch. Alternatively, when I lived in England, we brought a lot of DVD's from the UK and so we went to Curry's and got their cheapest dvd player, which the internet confirmed for us we'd be able to switch the region code on at our leisure Worked a treat!

    Region coding is so stupid in our global world- if I'm in a air port in London, I should be able to buy a dvd and take it home to Canada. It's such a crock, I can't wait until things start to get worldwide release dates so that they don't need to control when stuff comes out with nonsense like region coding. Life is too short for this crap!

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    most BD discs are region free. WDNY, IAMED, cheeky girls all play fine on my computer. the only one I ever had probs with was a cheapie that came in set with zills etc from US.

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    I have luscious and love it. Can't wait to get some of the others by this wonderful trio :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziyade View Post
    Here's a somewhat unusual recommendation for those of you who love working with dvds:

    Don't sell them when you think you've "outgrown" them.

    Unless the dvd is just REALLY bad. LOL

    Seriously -- hang on to those "beginner" dvds. You can repurpose them when you reach intermediate/advanced levels. Try some of the following tricks:

    1. Experiment with the drills/flows/practice patterns. Try doing them twice as fast or super super slow. Try leading with the other foot, or using different arm positions.

    2. Play like you're in acting class. Work through the drills while taking on the stage persona of a character who just got engaged. Or divorced. Or someone who just met the love of her life. Or found the love of her life with another. Pretend to be a warrior princess, a mermaid, a wicked stepmother, an angel, a fairy, or a dragon! See how you can make even the simplest drill DRIP with the essence of your character Go ahead, overact. Ham it up! Nobody's watching

    3. Stick a prop on your head and BALANCE it while you do the drills. That turns an easy dvd drill into a whole different ball game!! It's also a great way to tell where your balance is off, and when you're bobbing up and down.

    4. Add finger cymbals. (You knew I was going to throw that one in!) Start with simple patterns and work up to more complicated ones.

    5. Add veil work to the drill. This is an easy way to learn to actually DANCE with the veil instead of just tossing it around.

    6. Travel with the drill. Pivot around yourself in a circle. Or try walking around your dance space. Travel with movements you don't automatically think of as "traveling" movements. You'll get a great creative stretch!

    7. If you have more than one drill dvd, rotate them daily. That will keep the exercises fresh.

    8. Combine any of the above suggestions and try those drills again! Suddenly that beginner dvd you wanted to throw on ebay has some extra value after all!


    If you repurpose your old beginner dvds and find these tips helpful, drop me a line. I may write an article on the subject. Thanks!
    I've worked on balance with some of my old beginner DVD's, and on one, I sometimes use hand weights in her drills to give me a "workout."

    Quote Originally Posted by moroccan_goddess View Post
    OR.......if you find you just can't stand them anymore, I would be more than willing to buy them off you at a reasonable price! Just PM or email me! Hey, what can I say, I'm desperate!
    Are you a Dolphina fan? xD Oh, wait...might not ought to make you suffer... Oo;;;
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    I like Leila's DVD for beginners. Its Egyptian style and has great clear instructions. She even explains weight placement. I love it.

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    there's a trio of dvds called "masters of egyptian choreography" by natasha somethingorother.... i have the first one which features technique and choreo taught by the lovely randa kamal herself.... one of the other ones is taught by leila rose of cairo and i forgot who's on the third one. but anyway, if youre looking for egyptian styling, i think its worth it. also, for egyptian technique, the great raqia hassan has dvds out but they are expensive, around $60 a pop i believe.

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    How is this Shimmy DVD? Clicky.

    I've managed to convince my mom to come to the belly dance classes that I'm gonna be starting next week. She wants me to go first to be the guinea pig and then she'll hop in later. She said she used to watch this Shimmy TV show, so I looked it up and it got switched to 7:30am which is too early for her, so she bought the DVD instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiimarie View Post
    How is this Shimmy DVD? Clicky.

    I've managed to convince my mom to come to the belly dance classes that I'm gonna be starting next week. She wants me to go first to be the guinea pig and then she'll hop in later. She said she used to watch this Shimmy TV show, so I looked it up and it got switched to 7:30am which is too early for her, so she bought the DVD instead.
    Your link wouldn't work for me, but I'm a big fan of the Shimmy tv show

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