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    Hi all!

    I'm brand new to belly dancing and I have just been bequeathed (not through death, just change of career) some tribal fusion DVDs, listed below.

    Has anyone used these? Which ones are suitable for beginners? I am a ballroom dance instructor, so am very conscious about being exposed to technique I'm not ready for. I want to start firmly at the beginning.

    Belly Dance Hip Hop Liquid Fusion w/ Anasma
    Serpentine Belly dance w/ Rachel Brice
    Belly dance Superstars Tribal Fusion Fundamentals

    I'm also working with Belly dance basics and beyond w/ Jenna, which I love!!

    Thanks, Moppy

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    I don't know the tribal fusion ones you listed, but have you seen our sticky thread about DVDs, beginners ones are listed there that dancers recommend.

    http://www.bellydanceforums.net/inst...onal-dvds.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosaic View Post
    I don't know the tribal fusion ones you listed, but have you seen our sticky thread about DVDs, beginners ones are listed there that dancers recommend.

    http://www.bellydanceforums.net/inst...onal-dvds.html
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    Oh duh! Thanks, I found exactly what I need.

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    Tribal Fusion is a blend of different dance forms. You really should start with the tribal instructional dvds before you try to move into tribal fusion. It doesn't really work otherwise, and looks very stiff and samey-samey.

    The classic standard is Fat Chance Bellydance volume 1. In that you should have the best start to any kind of "fusion" you want to try later. ALL the ladies in those fusion dvds have had years of experience with the other dance forms they are fusing. A proper Oriental class would be your best bet -- because it's easier to learn Oriental and then move into Tribal (in my opinion) because you will have the foundation of what belly dance is all about, musically.

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    Rachel Brice's Drills & Yoga DVD is a great beginner tribal fusion DVD. It's the first DVD I ever owned, before I even started taking belly dance classes, and it really helped me get a head start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moppy View Post
    Hi all!

    I'm brand new to belly dancing and I have just been bequeathed (not through death, just change of career) some tribal fusion DVDs, listed below.

    Has anyone used these? Which ones are suitable for beginners? I am a ballroom dance instructor, so am very conscious about being exposed to technique I'm not ready for. I want to start firmly at the beginning.

    Belly Dance Hip Hop Liquid Fusion w/ Anasma
    Serpentine Belly dance w/ Rachel Brice
    Belly dance Superstars Tribal Fusion Fundamentals

    I'm also working with Belly dance basics and beyond w/ Jenna, which I love!!

    Thanks, Moppy

    Hello Moppy, I own all three of these dvd's, I would not say that they are for beginners but everyone is different, not saying that you should not use them but take it slow, like if you can't do a move from these in a few months don't give up, If you are going more towards the Tribal fusion area then you may want to get some instruction in American tribal style first as this will help you in this style and I would also say to get yourself into beginner yoga as well, this will help in the flexibilty part which helps in all styles of belly dance.

    I have studied tribal fusion as well but I was trained in ATS and a few other styles first which moved me into tribal fusion much smoother then if I had not. But thats because I was interested in other styles before I ever knew of Tribal fusion, so we come to you as I have said you should use these and also get ATS instruction for a base here is a link t a DvD that I found good.

    and Good luck to you

    Amazon.com: American Tribal Style Basics - Belly Dance Instruction: Movies & TV

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    I've only used one of those, but based on the titles I'd advise starting with the BDSS one if you're not going to buy any other dvds, otherwise as others have said FatChance Bellydance is the best starting point for Tribal- I think you need a grounding in basic tribal moves before you move on to fusion.

    Definitely save Serpentine until you're a little more advanced- Rachel Brice is amazing but you won't get the full benefits of her teaching until you've got some experience in basic moves. Also by the end of one of her workouts you won't be able to move your arms for a week!

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    I would vote Ariellah's DVD at any time, but of those you have:

    Anasma's is more advanced I believe. Rachel's is nice too, but might be too fast paced for a newbie. Fundamental's DVD is ok for beginner.

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    Wow!!

    Thanks for all your responses - you really helped be decide where I go from here. I've been a ballroom dancer since I was a kid, so it's sometimes hard to remember what it was like when I didn't know the dance culture and belly dancing totally reminded me of that - in a good way! I had no idea where to begin and did not realize that Tribal Fusion included elements of the very defined American Tribal Style.

    I stayed up late last night researching all the different types of belly dancing. I am a great believer in learning the rules before breaking them and so have settled on American Tribal to begin. I am quite fascinated by the style and its creation.

    The great thing is I live in the bay area, so I'm off to my first class at Fat Chance Belly Dance next week! The bad news is I'm moving to Florida in the fall, so I've got to get as much belly dance in as possible over the summer. Does anyone know if they offer private lessons?

    Thanks again!

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    I have that! Sweet!

    A friend of mine is an ice skater who loves to belly dance on the side. But she's decided to commit completely to skating and give up dancing which means a bunch of DVDs for me

    I'm going to start with the DVD before class next week. I'm excited to discover a style that has a sort of "syllabus" from the creators of the original form. Most of the inventors of ballroom dances are dead!!

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