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|The Art of Belly Dance Get Fit With Belly Dance|
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Get Fit and Have Fun While You Belly Dance! — What better way to firm and tone your body than by using the beautiful movements used in the exotic art form of belly dance? Professional Belly Dancer and Instructor, Jindra, ta... more »
This DVD has nothing to do with *art*
A woman | 11/09/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
Jindra looks cute and playful on the cover, but on the video she reveals quite unattractive manners. I could never understand instructors who yell at their students, and I get especially surprised when it happens to those who promise to teach us "The Art of Belly Dance".
And what Jindra screams at the top of her lungs is usually NOT instructions. It's mostly... numbers. I don't understand why she doesn't just allow herself and her audience to enjoy the music and the moves. Why ruin everything with meaningless (and extremely loud) counting and "cuing"? Or, to get around Jindra's bad habits, why didn't IAMED include a "music only" option?
To make matters worse, the music was recorded at a much lower volume than Jindra's voice. If you want to hear the music, you'll have to make all your neighbors within 5 blocks listen to Jindra. And still, if you want to pay attention to *what* she yells, you'll have to strain your ears (I'm not sure if Jindra's diction is defective or it's just overall poor sound quality in the studio).
Not only does Jindra sound like a cheerleader, she also has gestures of a cheerleader. She is not the one from whom to learn grace and femininity.
Overall, these 3 workouts are just boring (especially the warm-ups and cool-downs that are too similar to each other and have little to do with bellydance moves).
What is especially annoying is that the section on posture was included TWICE in EACH of these workouts, resulting in 6 repetitions of the same (very simple) material!
As for the backup dancers, I didn't pay much attention to them, but I did notice that their costumes didn't flatter their figures at all. I think IAMED chose the worst possible outfits for them. I also noticed that one of the girls shimmies only one shoulder instead of two.
Finally, the camera wanders too much, and sometimes is in weird positions (e.g. from above).
I have another DVD by IAMED, "Learn lavish layers with Ansuya", and the two disks are just exact opposites of each other; I can't believe it was the same company... Ansuya's video is beautiful: the camera stays still, in a natural position; Ansuya speaks calmly and only matter-of-fact; she doesn't obscure the music with her voice... Well, Ansuya's grace is hard to beat, but still... Is it THAT difficult to at least refrain from screaming and compulsive counting? I don't think so, and one positive thing about Jindra is that she is very young, so hopefully she will have no trouble correcting her mistakes."
L. Hertzberg | 08/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"jindra is a highly trained professional dancer. she is lovely, elegant and a fantastic teacher.
the other reviewer who complained about the counting must not understand that counting by a dance teacher is normal and expected in high level and professional dance lessons. the counting facilitates understanding of where the movement fits in with the music. perhaps the other reviewer does not understand how dance works with music in a numeric system.
jindra has lovely posture and attention should be paid to the sections regarding posture. this is where you will learn to carry yourself as a dancer!
over all, a great dvd. try it!"
I love this dvd..
D. kurtz | NY | 11/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this DVD...I like that she counts many don't do that...A very good product from a peppy instructor...I just wish there was more...One of those that you don't want to end...."