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    Default Egyptian Style DRILLS DVDs?

    Have any of you heard of such a thing, or something close?

    I have tons of DVDs... many of them with very, very good material. Yet, I find myself uninspired to work with them because the way the material is presented is not ideal for my personal learning style.

    I prefer to learn a few things and mindlessly practice them while watching the "instructor," over and over again to music, before moving on to the next thing... without having to pause or rewind the DVD or try to memorize the instructions and practice them on my own.

    The type of DVD I've found myself to actually use the most are DVDs that include a lot of drilling, or that are all drilling. Yet most Drills DVDs are either Suhaila style or Suhaila-derived styles like Sadie, or Tribal Fusion. My DVDs that have had the most usage from me were actually all my Rachel Brice DVDs, even though that's not my style at all! If it was, I'd stick with them but unfortunately I find the technique in these styles to be too different from Egyptian for it to be worthwhile. It could be counterproductive for me to practice with those DVDs at this point in my career.

    So I need something that drills movements as much as Suhaila or Rachel Brice or Sadie would, but while being Egyptian. Most Egyptian style DVDs I've encountered are either choreography (not enough drilling and repetition for my taste), or they have very detailed explanations but without drilling (which is really really great info to have but doesn't inspire me to pick up the DVD over and over again).

    I know, Egyptians just aren't big on drilling, and I guess neither are their foreign pupils and protegés. But I'm pretty big on drilling, the reason my technique is decent is because I drilled the hell out of it with DVDs and on my own. Yet nowadays I am getting too lazy and unmotivated to do my own drills, and need something in my style to follow along with.

    Does such a DVD exist?

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    You can try Outi's Egyptianize Your Dance - Outi of Cairo - Egyptianize Your Dance
    It isn't structured as strictly as most instructionals DVDs are, but I think it is a good resource and easily followed.

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    That's the thing, though... when it comes to Egyptian I have tons of good resources but nothing that inspires me to put on the same DVD over and over again day after day for months at a time to practice with it.

    That's why I really need a DVD that focuses largely on drills. This Outi DVD seems very good, but not for my purposes right now. I'd probably use it twice and then it would end up on the shelf with all my other DVDs

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    Leila of Cairo has a belly dance basics dvd on Amazon for less than $10. tons of beginner drillz. hip circles, a different take on shimmies, arm work, and then graduating to combinations and then going to 3 different styles of improv dancing.

    also, not belly dancing, but baladi set by Ranya renee, tons of drillz assorted by baladi songs and by rythms.

    Shareen el safy
    and other egyptian dancers have dvds that aren't all choreography but "follow the bouncing butt" drillz hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yame View Post
    I prefer to learn a few things and mindlessly practice them while watching the "instructor," over and over again to music, before moving on to the next thing... without having to pause or rewind the DVD or try to memorize the instructions and practice them on my own.
    I think you'd get a lot out of Zahra Zuhair's advanced workshop dvd. It's basically an intermediate/advanced drills class, it's pretty follow the bouncing but with some explanation followed by drills then extra layers thrown on and even more drills. I love it.

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