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    Default So disappointed! I want to cry....

    I just worked with Jenna's DVD for the first time. The reviews I read on Amazon were really stellar, so I thought I'd try it.

    I was wrong. When one section is finished, it immediately goes on to the next one--not back to the menu so you can choose what to work on, as I was led to believe. There is no cool down listed on the menu, and I couldn't keep up with her half the time. The warmup used all kinds of hand/arm/hip combinations that were too advanced for me, and the welcome section said that "you can complete the warmup without knowing a single bellydance step." Bullhockey!

    I barely made it through the section on shoulder isolations before I had to stop. I'm still choking back tears. This is why I can't take any kind of dance classes--I can't keep up with a group, and I can't keep up with a teacher! She just goes too fast--I'm trying to get used to one movement and she's already moving on to the next one.

    I know there is a practice section, but they're all lumped into "upper body basics," "lower body basics," and so forth. I want to practice one thing at a time, not rush through it on her terms.

    I feel so cheated and like I wasted my money. I can't remember the last time I felt this bad.

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    Honey, I'm sorry you're disappointed, but you are expecting one on one instruction based on your own learning curve from a dvd made for the general public. You are also giving up too easily. Learning to dance is not all that simple even with private classes and a live teacher. You've set yourself a more than usually difficult task but you can make progress once you accept the situation for what it is and deal with it accordingly. Dry your tears, straighten your hip scarf, and let's figure this out.

    Here are my best suggestions for following a dvd.

    1) Watch the dvd from beginning to end without trying to physically follow the instructions.

    2) Set yourself to learn the individual movements one at a time instead of, for example, trying to do the entire warm up from beginning to end.
    a) Watch one movement within the warm-up.
    b) Stop the dvd. Reverse it.
    c) Watch the movement again. Reverse it the dvd.
    d) Watch the movement again.
    3) When you've done the above enough to have the movement in your head, stop the dvd and practice the movement while watching yourself in the mirror.
    4) Return to the dvd, watch the teacher, note what she does differently from you. Stop the dvd.
    5) Practice in front of the mirror again.
    6) Repeat until what you do looks like what she does.
    7) Go to the next movement.

    Oh, yeah. That's slow and it's hard and there is no one to tell you what you are doing wrong. But if you are convinced that classes are beyond you and you can't afford private lessons, then your best bet is to be patient and diligent, plan on spending as much time on each movement as you need, and don't give up whenever results are not in keeping with your expectations.
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    Shanazel has some good advice.

    With regards to the warm-up/cool down. I sometimes think I should put out a DVD that really is just a simple warm-up :-) . Soon as I hear "hips" I'm think - whoa what about the actual CV part of the warm-up? So, deep breath. Before turning on the DVD go for a walk or climb stairs for 5 minutes. There's your warm-up. For the cool down, a nice slow travelling step or slow veil work - or again a gentle walk. If you have some favourite stretches slap them in here - but stretches are no more a "cool down" that they are a "warm-up".

    With a prepared body look again at her warm-up combos. Are there bits you can learn here ie interesting combinations, weight changes or layers? If so, add this to your workout. If not, skip it.

    Now just pick a couple of moves and work on these (in front of a mirror). Keep a track of what you have worked on and what you have mastered.

    Good luck.

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    I am wanting to work on just one or two steps at a time. I'm thinking about just skipping her warm up and doing something on my own. Irena also has a series of Howcast videos on YouTube that I'm thinking about using for practice. She seems like a really good teacher.

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    I read and answered your pm before reading this thread. Congratulations, I'm the teacher you're looking for. Now, have a chat with Farasha about what I'm like as a teacher and what it's like to be my student and IF after that you decide you'd like to go ahead and give the skype classes a try, email me at kyabrambellydance@gmail.com and we can take it from there.
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    Viking Siren, do you have a Facebook? If you do, either friend request me, or I'll friend request you, then I'll pm you and give you the details you need about Darshiva's Skype classes. She is an awesome teacher---I absolutely LOVE her! There are a few things you need to be aware of when taking a Skype class; I can let you know what you can expect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking Siren View Post
    I just worked with Jenna's DVD for the first time. The reviews I read on Amazon were really stellar, so I thought I'd try it.

    I was wrong. When one section is finished, it immediately goes on to the next one--not back to the menu so you can choose what to work on, as I was led to believe. There is no cool down listed on the menu, and I couldn't keep up with her half the time. The warmup used all kinds of hand/arm/hip combinations that were too advanced for me, and the welcome section said that "you can complete the warmup without knowing a single bellydance step." Bullhockey!

    I barely made it through the section on shoulder isolations before I had to stop. I'm still choking back tears. This is why I can't take any kind of dance classes--I can't keep up with a group, and I can't keep up with a teacher! She just goes too fast--I'm trying to get used to one movement and she's already moving on to the next one.

    I know there is a practice section, but they're all lumped into "upper body basics," "lower body basics," and so forth. I want to practice one thing at a time, not rush through it on her terms.

    I feel so cheated and like I wasted my money. I can't remember the last time I felt this bad.
    How are you today? Are you better? Did you find the useful solution for this?

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    Farasha, I do not have Facebook, but I sent you a pm on this forum.

    LatinoDanceWears, I am doing better. Thank you for asking.

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    I feel like this too don't worry!
    I think you've had some good advice here, but I've come to the conclusion myself that private lessons might be a good idea until I keep up with a group. Hope you have found a solution you are happy with

    Keep dancing

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    Hi, Viking Siren! I'm sorry I didn't get your pm, so I'll try to contact you.

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