Neon's Sensual Goddess

Farasha Hanem

New member
:( I didn't mean to kill the topic. I'm sorry if I hurt any feelings. Neon's teaching style doesn't fit me, and her choice of music in her "Instant Bellydancer" DVD didn't appeal to me at all. As my teacher, Darshiva, tells me though, "you can at least learn something useful from even the instructional DVD's that don't appeal to you," so I'll probably give them another go at a future time.
 

atisheh

New member
:( I didn't mean to kill the topic. I'm sorry if I hurt any feelings. Neon's teaching style doesn't fit me, and her choice of music in her "Instant Bellydancer" DVD didn't appeal to me at all. As my teacher, Darshiva, tells me though, "you can at least learn something useful from even the instructional DVD's that don't appeal to you," so I'll probably give them another go at a future time.
Oh, it's okay! I love Instant Bellydancer, but I think it's a veeeeery specific kind of program for a particular kind of brain. I like it for refreshing movement (I did a review of it here) but it doesn't have much of the "flow" of oriental dance, nor do you learn how to connect moves.

Overall, I think WDNY are brilliant DVDs pedagogically, but not musically.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
Neon isn't a favorite of mine. On the dvd I saw, her instructions were nice and clear but her music and style did little for me.

Whenever I see the word "goddess" used in conjunction with belly dance, I automatically deduct ten points. ;)
 
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lilya

Member
I've just ordered this DVD set... After reading a few older threads, especially this one and http://bellydanceforums.net/threads/1032-Neon-DVDs, I watched a trailer for one of Neon's DVDs and I was a bit surprised (pleasantly) by something about the way she talks - it's sort of familiar and yet not quite :), aside from the accent that's very likely in the neighbourhood of mine (based on hearing my compatriots')... In the meantime I figured this "je ne sais quoi" might be something akin to a way of expressing what feels like authentic warmth but with an underlayer of discipline (I am not particularly articulate). Now this DVD and "First Steps for Total Beginners" were on my list, but the latter seemed a bit "busy" visually, judging by the trailer alone, so I figured it may not be the best choice for me. Then it jumped at me on Jenna's website that Neon was her student (I have access to Jenna's "Bellydance and Beyond" as a streaming video and absolutely love it) and, long story short, now "Sensual Goddess" should be on its way over in physical form. :)

("Goddess" is not a big selling point for me either, although I do own Dolphina's "Goddess Workout - Cardio Bellydance" DVD, grabbed from a pile of giveaways a few years ago and yet to be watched.)
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
I had Dolphina's dvd. Put it in the traveling goodie box for someone else since I, um, was not impressed. That video traveled the entire country and was only taken out by the last person on the list... who donated it to a thrift shop. ;)
 

Ariadne

Well-known member
Thank you for the review. I had it on my wish list but now I just bumped it to the top.

Maybe it's me but Neon was the one thing that really worked for me when I was first learning. I tend to be very analytical (that is why I love Ava Flemings Sizzlin' series) and I would practice to Neon's "Instant Bellydancer" DVD every day for months and months. She just explained things in a way that I got.
 
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