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    I got to thinking that I would write out reviews to some of my DVDs .. I have enough of them .. What you read is my sincere opinion and I've decided I will only review the ones I like and use ..


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    Thumbs up Keti's A-Z original and advanced

    Original A-Z by Keti consist of 26 combinations in alphabetical ordered names. Each combination has a count of 16 and all start on the same foot, so that you can go from combination to combination smoothly. It's quite a break through for those who like to choreograph, having combinations to choose from, put on the music and away you go. But I think having so many combinations up in your thinking box can help with improvising too. The DVD is broken up into parts. There is A-E classic cabaret of both Egyptian and American, F-J are folkloric, K-O are the slow and smooth flowing Taxim or Taqsim (lol, however you want to spell it) P-T are a mix of travelling and taxim and is also getting harder U-Z are the advanced moves which consist of a lot of layered moves (not all are layered. After the above lessons Keti puts a little show on that consist of her routines strung together. In this DVD she uses a lot of Hossam Ramzy’s music.

    Advanced A-Z is set up the same way as the original, 26 combinations in alphabetical ordered names. Each combination has a count of 16, but this DVD is a lot faster, as in, she breaks it down quicker. Once from the front, then once from the back and then once with the music and move onto the next combo. You’ll need to be an advanced dancer or be able to pick things up well. At the end of this Keti does a Tabla Solo using some of the routines. Both DVDs come with a booklet …

    YouTube - Sample from Keti Sharif's A-Z Advanced Bellydance Routines
    Last edited by slinks; 08-20-2007 at 09:09 AM. Reason: adding youtube

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    Thumbs up Keti's Astrobelly

    Keti stands in the middle of a printed poster of Zodiac signs on the wall behind her, these signs are what we imagine to be tracing on the floor with dance steps or with our hips for example: imagine the Aries zodiac symbol, it's just two horns, so that's a kick forward and a push out to the side .. that is drawing one of the horns on the floor .. a 3 step turn and then 4 hip drops to finish it off, then to do the other horn .. or perhaps imagine the Gemini symbol it looks a lot like the Yin Yang (((( oooooh my bad !! Gemini is the twin lines, the Yin Yang look is the symbol for Cancer, I can't believe I made this boo boo))) and because it's full of round drawings those rounds are done with the shoulder rolls, hip slides, hips in circles and slinky figure 8's ..

    She goes through one sign at a time.... taught much the same way as the original A-Z, showing us the steps, then dancing us through facing the front, then she shows us from behind and then to the front again, with the music...she also tells us about the sign, weather it's an air or earth, fire or water sign and she also explains what type of personality you should present when dancing that sign - bold or outward, inward or flowy.... it's really well done and very well presented.

    YouTube - Sample from Keti Sharif's Astrobelly

    We go through each star sign, one at a time then after we do the 3rd one, we join the first 3 together, then learn the next 3 individually and join those together and so on through the dvd. In the end when we have done all the signs we do the whole lot in a nice choreography .... after that Keti shows it can also be danced with the veil :-) She also presents the routines with a cane dance.

    YouTube - AstroBelly - Purr-Caution
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    Default Body Quake 2

    Keti's, Body Quake Elements DVD, I can tell you that this is a very nice workout, for those who like to add bellyrobics to their dancing.
    Both the Original and Advanced A-Z DVD routines are used. I would not
    recommend this DVD to a beginner, you will need to at least have the
    original A-Z knowledge behind you. And an ability to pick up steps if
    you are not going to get the Advanced A-Z ;-) But having said that if you are good at picking things up, then it wouldn’t be too hard ..
    The DVD has four sections:
    Warm Up: there are three to choose from or do all (like I do)
    1.Temple dance 5.15 mins
    2.Devine Shiva 6.00 mins
    3.Nile Serpent 6.00 mins
    Flow Energy: there are three to choose from or do all (like I do)
    4.Algerian Rai 2.30
    5.Exotic Journey 3.30 mins
    6.The Souk 5.15 mins
    High Energy: This one has four to choose from
    7.Samba on the beach 4.50 mins
    8.Tabla Solo 2.00 mins
    9.Hindi Fusion 3.50 mins
    10.Egyptains Drums 4.00 mins
    Cool Down: And three to choose from here or do them all :-)
    11.Red Sea Rhythm 5.10 mins
    12.Andalutian 4.15 mins
    13.Deep Ocean 1.20
    The DVD if you "play all" flows through and you can skip if there is one
    you do not want to do ( I do not like Samba and the Hindi fusion so I skip these.
    I would prefer to really stretch it out at the end of the workout, Keti
    does not do this, the cool down is slowing down, then shoulder rolls.
    The filming was done on the Red Sea in Egypt and there are some
    magnificent views, those who'll never see an Egyptian sunset, nice...

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    Big Grin Shamira from New Jersey

    For the beginner, who wants choreographies …
    Shamira's – No Frills Drum Solo 2003
    The Drum Solo 2003 is set to Mokhtar Al Said's "little drum dance" Every dancer loves a drum solo. This cute little number has a series of very playful and cheeky moves to it, Fun, Fun, Fun. She teaches it in small sequences from beginning to end. Then she works you from end to start, putting the sequences together starting from section 5 to end, then section 4 to end and section 3 to end and so on, until you're at the start. Then you go right through the dance from start to finish.

    Shamira's - No Frills Wanna Dance Zill Workshop
    If you have had zill lessons but can't move and dance with them, then this is for you. You learn to play in word sequences that involve, Wanna Dance or Really Wanna Dance and Wanna Dance, Dance, Dance and more. The choreography on this DVD is "hot on zills". The steps and zill words go well together. I found that later when I knew the choreography, I could put on a music cd, get into the Wanna Dance wording and juggle the choreography around to mix and match. What more could I ask for, I had so much trouble comprehending dance and play. Now I can play and dance with any move I wish to, not just these that are taught on this dvd.

    Shamira's - No Frills "Zeina"
    This choreography is awesome!! The version of Zeina used, is on the first Bellydance Superstars music cd. Shamira uses almost all her combinations from the sensuous workout 2 dvd. But you don’t have to have this dvd to follow this dance. I like Shamira's easy no-nonsense "bag 'o tricks" simple but very effective style. When I first started using this DVD I used to grin from ear to ear, I enjoyed it that much.

    All of the above DVDs are home burnt No Frills, they all have chapters.

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    Idea 21 shimmies and 1001

    This Dvd is very handy, for those interested in learning various shimmies. It shows how to do the "whatever shimmy" then that shimmy with the music and variations.... lots of variations, even boring ones :-)

    Leyla Jouvana is a lovely lady, very comfortable within herself. I like this confidence.... most ladies when they first start to shimmy are not comfortable with everything “shaking” and Leyla is definitely the lady to look to if you have this problem ! I did not shimmy for at least the first 4 years of dancing …

    From rotation shimmy to muscle shimmy and vibration shimmy to calf shimmy, buttock shimmy, Egyptian walk shimmy and Ghawazee, hand shimmy, flutters, they're all there !!

    Leyla's performance at the end of the Dvd is dyn--o--mite :-) She is a lovely dancer.

    A must for the shimmier !!

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    Cool Ansuya

    I really like Ansuya, she is a lovely dancer to watch and has that youthful enthusiasm :-) she dances like I would want to, if I were younger … but alas, I can only try !!

    Hot Combinations is an IAMED production, you can't go wrong with it, though I will admit there are one or two combos that don't appeal "fully" to me, I'll do some of the combo and make the rest up with what I like to do.... you get to know how to do the following combinations that Ansuya uses in her dancing: Funky Temple, Camel Pull, Freezing Cobra, Grapevine Snake, Bump and Wave, Infinity Sway, and Tick-Tock-Ripple-Lock.... First she walks you through the combo, showing both front and back views and then we practice it to the music.

    Lavish Layers is another IAMED production, you can't go wrong with this one either !! This DVD is a godsend .... it really helps you to be able to add those shimmies to your circles, undulations and figure 8's.... “Layering” Again Ansuya shows both front and back views.
    The DVD is broken down into three parts the first part is the chest circles, chest figure 8’s, all chest movements and then we move onto the hip circles and figure 8's, all hip movements, undulations etc .. the second part various shimmies but mostly the Freeze and shoulder shimmy .. then it’s onto the layering section of the DVD, in this section Ansuya starts with the normal move, then the shimmy, then the two put together .. in the same order as the first part of the DVD .. to finish this off Ansuya then takes us through Drills ..

    Ansuya allows for lots of practice time in these two DVDs, she is Funky, I think she's terrific, the dancer of Techno, though this does not mean I am a fan of Techno music, I just love to watch her dance!! And boy can she dance and layer and play zills at the same time .. Lucky for her, her mother was a bellydancer too …

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    Default Saqra

    Saqra's veil Dvd is very interesting, Saqra covers a LOT in this Dvd set. I like it a lot.

    She shows you technique after technique, which she uses on a choreograph basis, but it has way too much for the "less is best" saying, so I prefer to use it as a technique or combinations Dvd.

    Saqra can talk !!! under water with a mouth full of marbles :-)

    You get a two set Dvd, the first Dvd takes you through the contents "movement library" and at first is filmed in a very bright room, my guess is that she notices this halfway through and takes the project home, we end up with a much more pleasant lighting. The
    second Dvd goes over and over the choreo, "repetition" a little too much, perhaps, but it certainly gets imprinted on the brain this way.

    Saqra tells us about the music that is playing too, most of the time I can't hear it, even with the telly turned up.

    I really like the contents of this DVD, Saqra really shows us some "things" to do with the veil. She has a wealth of information on veil moves, I like that because the veil is my favourite prop.

    What I don't like is the space waster.... while talking she just stands there and uses up time, there are no chapters, so you end up being good at juggleing a veil and the remote control to hit the fast forward button :-)
    As a result I ended up recording the parts I use onto video. In some parts of the choreo, what she does next doesn't match up with what she did last, which is another reason I would prefer to use it as a technique, practice Dvd.

    She even forgets in some places :-) a result of too much fancy stuff in one dance !!


    Saqra's Dvds are home made, No Frills (at the time I got mine anyway, a few years ago)

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    Fab idea Slinks! Good for people wanting to buy something that works for them!!!

    PS: What ever you do, pls don't review Warrior Goddess (BS) video by Dolphina. Peeeeleeeeaaaaassssee!!!

    Repuation for you hardwork is on the way!

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    Thumbs up Veil with Aziza

    Veil with Aziza is an excellent DVD for beginners and advanced dancers alike although a little short (for my liking, aint they all :-) there is a lot of practice and very good information that I had not heard/seen elsewhere at the time of getting this DVD.

    This DVD has four sections a warm-up unlike a lot of DVD’s, Technique #1 and Technique #2 and a cool-down.

    Technique #1, Aziza goes on to show us the Basic Scoop and Pivot, shows us how to wrap ourselves up like a Burrito and to unwrap whilst turning. A Sharita is another type of wrap that wraps around the front, the Burrito wraps behind, and some Sharita, front wrap, variations .. the Roman Cape, which is where the veil is on the shoulder and is passed through a cross over in the front, over to the other shoulder, some nice variations here too. Flourishes, lots of variations on this move, tossing the veil from behind to the front via over the head and from side to side, another wrap called the Toga Dress with a how to unwrap from that too. Step Through, is where you have the veil in front of you, down low, and you step over the veil .. with all this above practiced, you then move onto a combinational Technique #1 dance of the above moves ..

    We then move onto Technique #2 which starts with Angel wings, getting the veil from in front of you up onto your neck and draping over the shoulders behind you, Scoop and Pivot with Angel Wings, Half Angel Wings with some nice poses there. The Helicopter in which you have half Angel Wings over one shoulder and you bring the veil up over the head and rest it on the other shoulder, which then gets you into the position in which you then Juggle the veil, throwing half Angel Wings from arm to arm. Then you move onto the Technique #2 practice all of the above in a combinational dance.

    This DVD has been the hardest, so far, to review .. sorry if you don’t understand any of it.

    I love the veil so I was extremely pleased with this ones contents.

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