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    Quote Originally Posted by teela View Post
    I prefer Raqia Hassan's first tape and two workshops. The very first tape is more of a teaching one with actual instruction rather than the later ones which are real flashy and harder to follow.
    Aida Nour's workshops are the follow the leader type but have some really good things.

    Does any body else own any of the Raqia Hassan series? that would like to give me their imput?

    In terms of video filming quality, which one is the best? I mean I don't mind the follow the bouncing butt style of teaching, but when the butt is being blocked It is pretty anoying, also does she face the camera all the time or does she do front and back demostrations?

    I apreciate all the help you can gv me on this.
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    I just got Nourhan Sharif's Raqs Assaya dvd - i really like. She does everything nice and slowly and then she builds on it but she keeps coming back to the most basic movements every once in a while. I think it's a pretty good learning instrument providing you have no other resource for it - like a live instructor. I think that by following along with the cd one can develop a fundamental relationship with the cane to prepare for live instruction later on.

    I did not like the constant references to formal dance positions. While i think that this may be useful for people with an actual dance background it was just plain confusing for me trying to figure out/remember where 6th and 4th and 5th were while making sure that my feet were in 1 1/2 and dancing with the rest of my body.

    All in all i enjoyed it and i think Nourhan is so beautiful i'd probably watch it over and over just to look at her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adiemus View Post
    Two DVD's I've just enjoyed: Jenna's 'The Next Level' - although I do agree that it's quite a jump from her 'Basics and Beyond'. I enjoy her presentation style, and her breakdown of each part. She does refer back to the Basics if you're having trouble with any individual parts, which is a good idea.

    The other is Sarah Skinner's Belly Dance with Veil. This is such a great DVD! And her presentation style is relaxed and fun. I think it's awesome value with breakdown of hand and arm positions, entrances and wraps/unwraps, turns, cascades, travels, switches - and most importantly, how to recover from mishaps!! Of course, you always meant to drop the veil like that?!! (except if it's a choreo and you're in a group...hmmmm)

    A full choreo is part of it, and I really enjoyed it.

    And she has The Most Amazing range of veils and costumes, that she makes herself. Well worth getting.

    I'm now considering a zill DVD - but have a bit to go through before I do.
    BTW they're not a replacement for lessons with a LIVE instructor, but great for a practice pep-up, or to review something specific, or if you just want to explore something before developing it a bit more.
    I agree with you on Jenna's the next level and Sarah Skinner's dvd.
    I have them and love them both. the information on the fabric choices for veil work is also very helpful.

    well i also endorse Jenna's basic dvd, and drum solo one (heart beat of bellydance which i also have) they provide good explanation and instruction.

    although i havent read all of the thread...and please don't kill me if this question was asked before, but has anybody ever used or own the 2 Mario Kirlis/Saida dvd's? I understand they are fantastic, but not very easy to track down..

    there are a few more i would like to get probably list them at another post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    I just got Nourhan Sharif's Raqs Assaya dvd - i really like. She does everything nice and slowly and then she builds on it but she keeps coming back to the most basic movements every once in a while. I think it's a pretty good learning instrument providing you have no other resource for it - like a live instructor. I think that by following along with the cd one can develop a fundamental relationship with the cane to prepare for live instruction later on.

    I did not like the constant references to formal dance positions. While i think that this may be useful for people with an actual dance background it was just plain confusing for me trying to figure out/remember where 6th and 4th and 5th were while making sure that my feet were in 1 1/2 and dancing with the rest of my body.

    All in all i enjoyed it and i think Nourhan is so beautiful i'd probably watch it over and over just to look at her.
    that's a dvd i am definitely looking forward to getting soon.

    has anybody ever got the "every shimmy in the book" by Bozenka? how good is it?

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    Saisa's dvds are great. Both bellydance Vol.1 and Vol.2 are 2-disc sets. Disc one introcuses rhythms and combinations. Disc two teaches a choreography. You can get them on ebay for about $20-25 each volume.
    2 DVD SET LEARN TO DANCE BELLY DANCE SAIDA MARIO KIRLIS - eBay (item 290253712481 end time Aug-19-08 08:10:50 PDT)

    DVD LEARN TO DANCE BELLY DANCE SAIDA MARIO KIRLIS VOL 2 - eBay (item 290253345430 end time Aug-17-08 11:53:09 PDT)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reen.Blom View Post
    Please share with the world what instructional material you have/use and what you think of it!

    Here I go:

    I've got several of the Belly Twins, which I am not too mad about, cos most of them are fitness oriented (except for Mystic Veil, I like to use this one for the relaxed ambience it creates.)

    I've got Neon's Instant Belly Dancer vol 1&2. I enjoy that one, cos her graphic schematics really help me to understand how this or that move "works"! Unfortunately she does not teach combo's on it, so I use it as a reference type thing - a mini encyclopedia of basic Belly dance moves!

    I was given 2 Rania's DVDs Exotic belly dance of rania(99.9%fitness) and Rania's choreography, which I also dont use, cos i really do not like her as a dancer, her stiff arms get on my nerves! LOL

    I have Jillina's Level 1 which is quite fun!

    And I am currently waiting for Jenna's Basics and Beyond and Heartbeat of belly dance to arrive!

    Later on I really would like to get smth in "Tribal Fusion" Like Sera's or Darshan's and wonder if the "Arms and Posture" by Rachel Brice is any good...
    But those are later, MUCH later, for financial reasons...LOL
    i too have Neon's Instand BD I and II - i think it's great for the beginner and gives a good solid foundation and understanding of what you're doing. great reference dvd!

    i just got Michelle Joyce's Pop Lock & Shimmy - i wanted something that would offer new challenges and drills to do on my own. she's very approachable and let's you know that her dvd is *meant* to push you a little further

    then there's Jenna 's Bellydance The Next Level - again it pushes you just a little further, and she too has some nice drills you can do w/it. plus she has some easy combos to introduce for the beginner. again - very approachable and non-threatening.

    i also bought a few more, but still waiting for them in the mail.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasmine Bint Al Nubia View Post
    Hi Ladies, It seems we all shop for the same DVd's/videos .I have a lot of what's been posted already and I think each video is well made and covers a lot of information.I'm a visual learner so videos help supplement my learning, what's important to me is will I see their entire body including the feet. Does the instructor explain directional changes and weight placement? In terms of props, does the instructor give handy tips for hand placement and storage tips? Is there mention of the music used in the video so I might buy it? And finally am I encouraged as a student to inject my own personality so I won't look like a clone?
    Additional vids that I have and recommend are:
    Suzanna Del Vecchio-"Precision Motion", "Dynamic Combinations" and "Lock,Flutter and Roll". She is an excellent dancer and teacher. She strongly encourages students to maintain proper alignment and joy in the dance.Her videos are geared toward intermediate and advanced students.
    Ayshe- Great video on how to wear and dance with Isis Wings. It's almost like a mini-workshop and well worth the money. Again she encourages proper body alignment, weight placement and directional changes. She thoroughly breaks down each movement and also body positions to avoid. I understand that Amar Gamal has studied with her.
    Petite Jamilla -"Double Veil" video is good in that she breaks down the intricate patterns of the veils. She does a decent job in breaking down the hand and arm moves, but she spends a great deal of time spinning. For those of us who don't like to twirl and spin for 5 minutes straight , there's not much info on a soft, lyrical double veil routine. She doesn't spend any time discussing which type of veils or fabrics work best in a double veil routine, or body alignment. I would think her video would be geared toward intermediate or advanced students, who are comfortable with veil routines already.
    No matter which video we all have it's good to have videographic record of our favorite dancers and even if one doesn't feel the info is relevent now there is a chance that in the future where the information may be useful.
    Happy Dancing
    Yasmine
    wow, thank you so much for these! i searched for suzanna's on youtube, found her website, and i think i like the 'dynamic combinations' one the best (for my current level and needs).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle A View Post
    I'm also addicted to the DVD's
    Here's what I have.

    Amira's Bellydance 101, great 1st DVD, very basic
    Jenna's Basics and Beyond, Heartbeat of BellyDance, these are my favorites of the collection, still use them almost every practice.
    Neena & Veena's Discover BellyDance series. Ok, but slow and boring. I actually do them on fast forward
    Ansuya's Magic of Bellydance (mostly choreo) it's OK
    Ansuya's Hot Combos & All New Hot Combos, I like these.
    Ansuya's Lavish Layers & Luscious Layers, they're ok, I was hoping for something more/different from her. I took a layering workshop from Aubre Hill and it was so awesome. Aubre should be coming out with an instructional DVD soon and I will buy it.
    Jillina's level 1, ok for the choreo, I don't prefer her teaching style, I doubt that I'll pick up 2 or 3.
    Neon's Instant Bellydancer 1&2, first impression was aweful, but I try them again every few months. It's too fast pace for a real beginner, but she does get you combining moves and travelling.
    Aziza's Veil, haven't used much yet.
    Ava Fleming's Dynamic Combos, I really like this one, lots of useful steps for travelling.
    Rania's Bellydance fitness for weight loss series, Jane Fonda-ish aerobic routine with bellydance moves. IMO these will only reinforce bad habits. I only use her bonus workout material (probably should have tried to get my $ back)
    Suhaila's Bellydance fitness fusion, these ones are great, maybe someday I'll be able to do a whole DVD in one session
    Rachel Brice's Yoga, Isolations and drills. I skip the yoga but I love her drills. Another one that I practice with very often.

    Rachel Brice's Arms & Posture: a lot of you are asking about this one.
    1. Preparation (warmup, stretches)
    2. Dance movement preparation (short workout, squats)
    3. Shoulder sequence (shoulder workout)
    4. Examples of arm placement in dance (breakdown of a few shoulder moves)
    5. Practical applications (short choreo using moves above)
    6. Ending stretches
    7. Performance
    Great DVD, if her style is what you're trying to achieve. Every move is definitely "Rachel". She does a wonderful job breaking it all down and showing how to put it together. Not too much yoga on here, which is good for me. Performance was disappointing though, as usual with her too many angle changes/single body part close-ups, etc. I do wish she would smile sometimes.
    wow, great reviews - thank you!
    i just found rachel brice on youtube, and i wanted to know if you could maybe tell me where (these drills i found) where from: youtube.com/watch?v=g9swa3bUgc4

    and also, about how long are the drills are in her 'Yoga, Isolations and drills' dvd? (i too would be skipping the yoga part).

    thanks so much

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    hope one day I have more DVDs to consult.

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    Delilahs bellydance workshop (DVD I, II and III) Very good DVD series, lots of different material (veil, floorwork, basics, layers, just everything :-) the first DVD series I owned
    Aziza's ultimate bellydance practice companion - LOVE LOVE LOVE, hope the next one comes out soon and hope she does traveling steps sometime. Use it almost daily
    Veil with Aziza - very nice combo's, but the moves she teaches work best with a silk rectangular veil, lots of the combinations did not work for me when I used chiffon half-circle, now I got silk it suddenly clicks.
    Suhaila Fitness Fusion DVD series: Like the Pilates and Yoga one best, jazz and buns are a bit less exciting to me.
    Sharon Kihara Tribal Fusion technique - LOVE LOVE it, a great team-DVD for Aziza's practice companion. Has glute + abdominal drills, which I missed on Azizas DVD
    Bozenka's every shimmy in the book - great practice/drill DVD, works best if you've also had the workshop because there's not as much explanation on the muscles used. good warmup and cooldown, although the cooldown would work better with some instruction so you don't have to stop and peek ;-)
    Leyla Jouvana's 1001 shimmies an variations - excellent DVD quality and very good explanations of posture, weight distribution, the muscles used and timing for the shimmies. not all of them interest me as much so I have to use the remote control often to skip to my favorites. I missed a warmup/cooldown section, but could do that on my own I guess. Great explanation for flutter variations
    Leyla Jouvana's 1001 shimmies II - still have to watch this one, but looks like an equally good quality practice DVD
    Ava Fleming dynamic combinations - very nice DVD quality and she explains the moves and posture clearly The combinations are repeated often enough. I have not used this DVD very often yet because I have some trouble with balance and traveling steps overall. Which means I actually should use it even more for practice haha :-) Am planning to do just that.
    Spins and turns with Marguerite - great material, but explanations are a bit tedious so I tend to lose my patience before making it trough the entire DVD
    Oriental arms with Katia - some good practice moves, but do not like all combinations
    Drum solo with Sadie - excellent DVD, very good warmup and conditioning excercises, explains the drum solo moves clearly and has some fun and challenging combinations
    Drills with Sadie - have not used the whole DVD yet for practice but looks very promising. starts with the basics and builds up with layers and speed
    Drills drills drills with Michelle Joyce - good drills but lots of overlap with the other drill DVDs I have. This one I would use if practicing zills at the same time
    Zills with Ansuya - did not do it for me
    Poi spinning with Michelle Joyce - very good DVD, covers all the basics with good explanation and clear camera angles. focuses a lot on double poi/voi moves, missed single voi a bit.
    Wings with Ayshe - good basics DVD, nice explanation on posture etc... I prefer trying to come up with my own moves/combinations for Isis wings in the studio so I use the DVD for conditioning excercises instead.
    Stage dynamics with Katia - some very good tips here on effective use of space
    Secrets of the stage with Michelle Joyce - excellent DVD, refer to it often in workshops
    Secrets of the stage II - use it a bit less because it focuses on dancing for restaurant audience, not much use for that here locally
    Magdy el Leisys workshop series - very nice combo's but are most useful if you already followed the workshops before, his accent can be a bit hard to understand on DVD ;-)
    Ava's sizzling hips and sizzling torso - good for refining subtle moves
    There's more but above are the ones I watch/use most frequently..

    Khalida
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