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    Does anyone know of a good drilling dvd.

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    What you like to drill?

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    I just wanted to drill dancing moves or combinations to expand my skillz and just for days when I can't bring myself to dance improv or choregraphy - something to work on.

    and no i haven't checked it out. I will thanx. gotta love cheeky girls, lol.

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    All three of these are great for drilling, though the focus differs:

    • Belly by Sandra Vol. 2 — this is what I would consider the more well-rounded of my suggestions; it's an instructional but there is an option for extended practice in the menu
    • Aziza's Ultimate Bellydance Pratice Companion — the crappy camera work makes it look very amateurish, but the actual content is very good
    • The Bellydance Shimmy Workout — it doesn't drill the arms, but your legs will BURN ; of the three, I find this one the most fun


    From what I remember, Contemporary Bellydance and Yoga Conditioning with Ariellah also has killer drills, but it's no longer in my collection. It lacked a "fun" factor that I desperately need if someone is going to torture me.

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    I have to second 2 of Sirene's suggestions.

    Belly by Sandra Vol. 2 — I don't have this DVD, so I can't comment on it

    Aziza's Ultimate Bellydance Pratice Companion — Very, very good practice companion. I used this one a few times and once I was sick of the video, kept using the actual content for my own drills for about a year. My favorite parts are the hips section, chest section, and shimmy drill. This one is unique from any other DVD or class I've had in that she drills diagonal movement for each isolation. Aziza's instruction is a lot of fun.

    The Bellydance Shimmy Workout — I'm not an impartial observer since I am in this DVD, but it's a very good shimmy drill and workout. This one will really get your heart rate going. Sarah's instruction is fun, high energy, and ecouraging so this really keeps you going and pushing you through the workout.

    I'd also recommend Rachel Brice's Drills and Yoga DVD, she drills a few isolations and there are 15, 20, and 30 minute options (or is it 15, 30, and 45? I don't remember...) so you can choose them depending on how much time you have. Each isolation is drilled for a few minutes with a lot of focus on technique and muscle engagement. This was the first DVD I used and I credit it for my clean isolations. I used it for months and months, but eventually got sick of it. It's not as fun as the others, and the music is monotonous and repetitive. But the content is very good.

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    I can only comment on the Shimmy Workout and Rachel Brice's DVD (I assume Yame means the Serpentine one?) as I don't have the others. I would recommend them too! I use them if I don't feel like making up my own practice routine (as you said improvising etc.). Even if I don't actually watch them while practising I use the concepts for "lazy days"
    I also like the yoga sections on the Serpentine one and particularly the cool down on the Shimmy DVD
    I think they are both structured well and easy to follow. For me the Shimmy DVD is more fun, but Serpentine features drills for every body part.

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    I second (or third?) Aziza's Ultimate BD Companion as well (how could I forget that one?).

    I don't like Rachel Brice's Yoga, Isolations and Drills: A Practice Companion (but I've recently come to the conclusion that I don't like yoga, so it may explain why).
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    okay thanx. I have the shimmy workout. and I don't do it all at once. I usually do the warm up and then one or two shimmy drills a day. It is fun . .. . usually i can't make it lol. it DOES kill my thighs, lol.

    I will check out the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piocca View Post
    I can only comment on the Shimmy Workout and Rachel Brice's DVD (I assume Yame means the Serpentine one?) as I don't have the others. I would recommend them too! I use them if I don't feel like making up my own practice routine (as you said improvising etc.). Even if I don't actually watch them while practising I use the concepts for "lazy days"
    I also like the yoga sections on the Serpentine one and particularly the cool down on the Shimmy DVD
    I think they are both structured well and easy to follow. For me the Shimmy DVD is more fun, but Serpentine features drills for every body part.
    I was actually referring to the one Daimona says she doesn't like. I'm not a huge fan of yoga either (I like some yoga stretches, but not so much sun salutations and warrior poses) but I did it all anyway and really liked the drills. Maybe it would be better without the yoga, but one can always just do something else while she does yoga.

    Serpentine is good too, but I've never done the full thing. I like that she drills the movements with traveling steps, and I was using it for a while, but I find that those movements with those traveling steps aren't really applicable to me since my style is so different from hers. I'd rather drill something I'd actually use...

    But it does have a lot more content, a lot of which I can't review since I haven't done it. I love the 30-minute shimmy drill on this DVD. When I was doing it I'd end up doing my own thing and not following her instructions completely, but it was nice to use them as a guideline and they really do keep you going.
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