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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyLoba View Post
    I myself have probably been a bit too harsh on Dolphina in the past.

    If your goal is to give yourself a very sexy lifestyle makeover...I'd say go ahead and try this if you have the funds...absolutely... But if your goal is a solid foundation in belly dance and a solid background in a belly dance career/business...I don't think this will do anything for you.
    Im not sure what you posted about Dolphinia, however everyone including yourself is entitled to an opinion on a dance no matter if its good or bad. As long as its done with tact, i see no problem in a person handing a bit of criticism out.

    No, i don't have the funds.

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    I couldnt afford that either.

    I hope I was tactful. I am still critical of the fact that this is often marketed as "belly dance" when it's really just a women's self esteem and lifestyle program with a small belly dance component...I just dont think I was completely fair before.

    If I did have the funds...Im not sure if it would work for my self esteem or not. I cant speak for anyone else, but normally things like that don't. I feel a lot better about myself when I work at and accomplish something solid than when I set out trying to raise my self esteem....so if I were going to pick a program...Id probably go for one that was belly dance and just belly dance. But I can't say that definitively, because I havent tried any.

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    Dolphina's program is effectively a diploma mill. You send her a check for ... what is it $300 now? and she sends you a certificate. I know someone who did it. She is in no way qualified to teach anything, let alone bellydance. (groan)

    I have a sticky in the Rest section, I think, that lists teacher resources if you're interested in teacher training.

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    I apologize to Rania if Im making her conversation veer off topic... and to the mods...who may have to break this and move it to off topic..but the post right above me made me think, as I was considering this Goddess Life (corny as I find the name) thing as a self esteem booster...just very aware that I wont be learning any more belly dance than I learned in my first week of studying it alone.

    But...this now sounds like a very bad idea...like maybe even as a self esteem/lifestyle type thing it's a little bit shady. I know I can honestly...and without snark...say that I did not find her belly dancing at all impressive...but I was thinking maybe I should cut her some slack in the rest of it...

    But youre making me think Id be getting ripped off no matter what I did it for.

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    LadyLoba, I think you might really enjoy Keti Sharif's A-Z personal techniques course. It's a self-paced course where you learn and perform combinations, and then submit a video of yourself doing them to an assessor, who will critique you and evaluate your progress.

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    The combinations are really cute, and you can string a series of them together to fit a lot of different kinds of music. The course is a bit pricey, but you get really good evaluations and commentary, so it's like having a private instructor "grading" your progress.

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    And if you're a perfectionist like me it will take you YEARS to complete!

    I recommend them in conjunction with her 1001 Moves dvd, particularly if you're starting off with poor training or having taught yourself, as she covers every move she uses in the A-Z dvds in the 1001 moves with instruction from the front, side & back & uses serveral methods to teach each move.

    I've not yet met anyone who found the 1001 moves dvds hard to understand, but the A-Z can be a big mouthful if you're not confident in your dancing.
    Last edited by Darshiva; 02-07-2012 at 12:19 AM. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyLoba View Post
    I know I can honestly...and without snark...say that I did not find her belly dancing at all impressive...but I was thinking maybe I should cut her some slack in the rest of it...
    Not for the cupcake martinis you shouldn't.

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    True on the cupcake martinis. I watched that video of her making them..not sure what was more off putting...the whole "mmmm that smells so good" over the canned frosting that sounds like the dialogue from one of those cable channel shows that turns out to be thinly disguised softcore porn...or the actual "recipe" which turns out to be "buy some type of flavored milk beverage and spike it."

    Perhaps I've never really taken to her or what she does because it's a "how to be sexy" thing...and what she presents as sexy...that whole cutesy...cupcakes and giggly talk and frilly things... isn't what I find sexy at all. I can't imagine anything that would make me feel less sexy than sitting in her pink studio sipping a drink that's supposed to taste like a cupcake.

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