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    i'm still newbie, but i've quit class (it was ATS, dont like)and feel like its time to start combining/layering moves.

    every move i know i can walk with. so i think i should incorporate layers. i dont know of any dvd that is in between beginner and advanced? so what do i do? how do i teach myself what comes next if i dont know what comes next?

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    Jenna's Basics and Beyond DVD will help you see if you prefer solo dance. It's very comprehensive and includes some combinations. Available at Amazon, under $20

    You could also try Neon's Instant Belly Dancer (technique)and Belly Dance Party (combos) series. Also available at Amazon around $10-$15 each

    Ansuya's Lavish Layers dvd is great for layering practive. Kevin at Oceanstate Media on Ebay usually has it. He's a reliable vendor. Price is usually around $35

    If you prefer tribal fusion, there are a whole bunch of recent dvds from Rachel Brice, Ariellah, Sharon Kihara that can be seen at Amazon. I haven't used any of these myself but I've seen good reports.
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    I love Jenna's Basics and Beyond, it's very thorough and helps with layering too. The next one I like of hers is Heartbeat of Bellydance, which is about drums and has her fabulous shimmy drill, which really really makes you work hard.
    Is there any way you can get to a class or a teacher that will take you beyond where you are at? It's really lonely dancing by yourself...

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    Another vote for Jenna's Basics and Beyond and the drum solo one.

    If you're looking for more intermediate level instruction, have you looked at some of the combination videos?

    Layering is just doing more than one thing at once. You can layer arm movements on top of hip movements, layer a shimmy with everything, layer finger cymbal patterns over hip movements, layer undulations with hip movements, layer pelvic or hip circles with chest movements, .... etc.

    What styles of dance and music are you drawn to? That can help us narrow down specific vids for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziyade View Post
    Another vote for Jenna's Basics and Beyond and the drum solo one.
    shameless plug , we carry both of these
    Bellydance Basics and Beyond
    The Heartbeat of Bellydance

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    I can almost swear Charity has most of the DVDs mentioned in this thread...lol and not just has but practiced inside and out.... :P

    (Love both Jenna's DVDs though...)

    The best would be to get to a teacher that teaches the style you like, concentrate on layering (there are some DVDs out there about layering and as far as I know Jenna also has one shedueled for the end of this year on layering and it is on my Christmas wishlist...lol ) and hey there is so much you can do- try to master choro's and changing them to suit you and trying to improvise!

    Good luck Charity! Keep us updated!

    *hug*

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity View Post
    i'm still newbie, but i've quit class (it was ATS, dont like)and feel like its time to start combining/layering moves.

    every move i know i can walk with. so i think i should incorporate layers. i dont know of any dvd that is in between beginner and advanced? so what do i do? how do i teach myself what comes next if i dont know what comes next?
    Sheesh, our teacher was already trying to encourage us to experiment with layering by the second lesson!! She taught us the grapevine that week, and had us add snake arms to it---that was a bit soon for me. I have to go more than 30 miles to buy my DVD's, and even then, the selections at the stores I go to are limited (even their online ordering has very few titles). I do have two DVD's, however, that are still beyond me: "Instructional Bellydance with Jillina, Level 3," and "Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss---Too Hip featuring Rania." I don't know how they stack up against the others that were previously mentioned; like I said, I have a hard time finding DVD's, and online ordering is not an option for me.

    Um, charity, I hate to sound like an idiot, but what does "ATS" stand for?

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    ATS= Americal Tribal Style

    It is such a pity that you cant order online!!(This is the only source of DVDs for me)... I really dislike Rania, I have her 2 DVDS and they just get on my nerves... But if I had to choose just ONE dvd it would certainly be Jenna's Basics and Beyond followed by "Heartbeat"...

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    hm styles. egyptian. i know for those who have been following my threads this is a switch-up. yea i dont know what happened but right now i'm looking for egyptian influence.

    and yea i have many many dvds. and i think i have practiced them inside out.

    but i think reen is right. i should work on improv. because honestly i have a lot of moves down but i cant put them together. i always skim over the choreographies on the dvds. i need to watch some good dancers and try to become a good dancer because right now there is nothing connecting the dots. if i had to just dance, i couldnt, i wouldnt know where to begin. i know thats like putting the cart before the carriage . learning moves and never learning chombo's, skipping over choreographies... yes its questionable dance habit from a newbie but i swear i'm not trying to go fast and go pro.

    the only teachers i know in the vicinity- which is a 1 hour radius- teach ats. and once i got ariellah's dvd, i noticed so very quickly that my arms had begun to change. you know the traditionally tribal look, elbows back, tight across the shoulders.

    yes it is very lonely dancing alone, which is why i lapse into periods of inactivity i think.

    before i do anything i need to get some music. i have very little me pop music, and still nothing quite appropriate as dance music. that will be the first thing i need to accomplish i guess.

    i dont have internet and that makes it even more difficult because the library isnt so close. so i dont know. i live in a place that is a bit too remote to get much accomplished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity View Post
    hm styles. egyptian. i know for those who have been following my threads this is a switch-up. yea i dont know what happened but right now i'm looking for egyptian influence.

    and yea i have many many dvds. and i think i have practiced them inside out.

    but i think reen is right. i should work on improv. because honestly i have a lot of moves down but i cant put them together. i always skim over the choreographies on the dvds. i need to watch some good dancers and try to become a good dancer because right now there is nothing connecting the dots. if i had to just dance, i couldnt, i wouldnt know where to begin. i know thats like putting the cart before the carriage . learning moves and never learning chombo's, skipping over choreographies... yes its questionable dance habit from a newbie but i swear i'm not trying to go fast and go pro.

    the only teachers i know in the vicinity- which is a 1 hour radius- teach ats. and once i got ariellah's dvd, i noticed so very quickly that my arms had begun to change. you know the traditionally tribal look, elbows back, tight across the shoulders.

    yes it is very lonely dancing alone, which is why i lapse into periods of inactivity i think.

    before i do anything i need to get some music. i have very little me pop music, and still nothing quite appropriate as dance music. that will be the first thing i need to accomplish i guess.

    i dont have internet and that makes it even more difficult because the library isnt so close. so i dont know. i live in a place that is a bit too remote to get much accomplished.

    Dear Charity,
    If you are looking to learn the fundamentals of Egyptian dance, which are very different from ATS, I have a DVD that is focused entirely on fundamental movement in Egyptian style. My feeling is you can't do a good job of any dance from if you do not understand the basic things about movement that apply to the style. This video is very low key, very bare bones, not the least bit fancy and teaches a person 10 root movements that make up the Egyptian dance style. Movement is broken down to its basic elements and then out back together.
    Regards,
    A'isha

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