To be fair, it's tribal fusion music and styling in the cartoon practice gear. I think the concept is quite clever, although I definitely teach snake arms in a different way (that doesn't result in ears & shoulders meeting) I wonder if it's a stylistic difference between oriental styles and tribal fusion.
Bookmarking for later - this is really cute and the abstract nature of a cartoon character helps to remove the 'my body doesn't move like yours' thing. I don't think it would work for anything BUT tf though because tf is so accented in styling.
Interesting. I could have sworn you said this:I didn't intend to insult anyone, dear Darshiva.
I just introduced a channel for learning bellydance basic moves with a cute cartoon character. The channel is of course for beginners only, at least for now. Then you talked about styles, which is the next step for bellydancers to major in, and I gave my personal opinion. I have been dancing egyptian and tribal fusion.
You are free to discuss and correct my opinion and I appreciate it.
Regarding the style, it looks more like tribal fusion style. The reason is that the movements are too much isolated for instructional purposes. However, the breakdown is the same as other styles, only that in some styles like the oriental style, they are not done very isolated. An example, as you mentioned, is the snake arm. In tribal fusion, the snake arms is done exactly as Susi does (keeping the middle finger tip in place), but in oriental style the middle finger moves.
It's a nice idea for a video making project, I suppose, but I can't see these being useful to beginners as they are.Yes I said. This is my personal opinion but I am willing to hear others opinions and correct.
The channel doesnt intend to teach a particular style, but basic moves only. However, the way she does the snake arm looks more like tribal fusion considering the clean isolations, focusing, level of arms...
I am not expert in other styles but in both tribal fusion and egyptian I have been taught to lift shoulder elbow wrist fingers for a snake arm. So the basic is the same.
The points about the music were what I was going for. Thank you for explaining it better than I did, Roshanna.It's a nice idea for a video making project, I suppose, but I can't see these being useful to beginners as they are.
The 'arm waving' video does not depict a bellydance movement at all. This movement is literally never used in Middle Eastern dance. It does turn up in fusion dances sometimes, but it comes from the 'other' part of the fusion, not the 'bellydance' part.
The snake arms one, I can at least see what it's trying to indicate, I suppose.
The hip movement ones are unclear and confusing, and I don't think anyone would be able to learn from them. For one, they don't show or explain how the knees are moving, and secondly, the 'breakdown' isn't clear at all. It just comes out looking like random jerking.
I do think that animated drawings which illustrated the shapes that students were aiming to create with their bodies could be useful as a teaching resource or as an aid memoire, but I wouldn't recommend these to students at the moment.
The music choice is also a problem. I appreciate the difficulty of finding royalty-free middle eastern music, but I would never recommend that a student of mine use a video which did not use middle eastern music. It encourages the idea that bellydance is 'just moves', rather than a complex cultural artform based on musical interpretation. It also distances the dance from the Middle East, which I am not comfortable with. I would suggest asking permission from a musician to use one of their recordings, or searching for 'royalty free music', which you can pay a small one-off fee to use for noncommercial purposes.
I have to agree about the figure 8s. I lost a really excited student due to the damage she did to her back running ahead and doing mayas, etc from a dvd before she was ready. It was a real shame to lose her, and a real shame about her back too. But this is why I do ab articulation from day 1 in my classes - that way they've at least got some conditioning before we decide whether or not to tackle the figure 8s.But I am most concerned about the Mayas - again not a beginner move - and this was pushed as "for beginners". But unlike Snake Arms which would just be a waste of time (unless you had shoulder impingement issues), Mayas can do some nasty things to people who have poor posture, hypermobile lower backs, or do not have good automatic ab control.