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|Belly Dance for Teens Level 1|
Actor: Hannah Romanowsky
Director: G. Silas
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Belly Dance for Teens is a celebration of style, beauty, and physical fitness. Teens get to break away to exotic and far away cultures through music and dance! Using high-end technology, this presentation blends modern ap... more »
Mister Blues | 11/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD restores the requisite aesthetic balance much needed in belly dance instruction. The use of television blue screen introduces the cardinal coordinates of time, space and dynamics; and clarifies the movement material for immediacy of comprehension. The blue screen isolations serve as reference for students learning the intricate elements of this mysterious and complex dance form; much like plies and port de bras in classical ballet set the tone for the young dancer in carriage through performance. Technique is always ever crucial.
This video is one of the best instructional materials on this superb and often misunderstood dance form. Videotapes abound, but this DVD is veritably distinct. The photographic elements are excellent, the narration eloquent and elegant. Hannah Romanza is a poised, disciplined exemplar of the art form; and a screen delight. The teens on the video are alive and great fun!
Belly dance for teens is a welcome addition to the best presentations on bellydance and dance exercise. Highly recommended for teens and adults."
Sarah Sakalova | Los Angeles, CA | 06/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Belly Dance for Teens Level 1
With a level of professionalism, articulation and depth usually reserved only for university dance programs, Hannah Romanza brings her knowledge and skill sets of Middle Eastern belly dance into a tangible, applicable realm for teens and adults alike. Following the movements demonstrated by Hannah herself, the viewer is whisked away into the beauty and elegance of this ancient dance form.
As a professional contemporary dancer, instructor and choreographer with a degree in dance, I found this program to be a perfect addition to my library of educational and fitness DVDs. Although my dance career focuses on Western dance forms, the information and movements were still highly relevant as well as enlightening and inspiring in my own quest to expand my movement vocabulary.
Whether one is searching for an introduction to belly dance, an expansion of prior experience and understanding, or simply a great workout, Belly Dance for Teens, Level 1 is the perfect purchase to achieve both physical and cognitive comprehension of belly dance."
Like her Bellydance Stylistics, poor production/camera, litt
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 07/08/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I wrote a review on Hannah's Stylistics program. This has the exact same poor presentation. It is zoomed in all the time so you can only see from neck to hips IF you're lucky. When she teaches port de bras hands one arm up & one arm horizontal under the chest, it's just a um ... "chest" shot, you don't even see the upper arm, but you're suppose to "follow what you see." When doing hip moves, it is so zoomed in, you ONLY see the pelvic area. Again, barely a sentence on how to teach it, Hannah is obviously filmed doing it once & the video is replayed a couple of times & in slow motion.
This one has hip drops, hip bumps, 1 & 1/2 hip circle move, slow hip shimmy, slow arm shimmy, and a couple of other moves.
Just like the other, very cold/boring due to lack of verbal instruction.
This is not good for beginners, because even if you can learn from mimicking & have high patience for the above cheap video use, the zoomed in body won't let you see what the ENTIRE body is doing, so the only part that is decent is to follow the dance at the end.
Hannah is a wonderful dancer, very fluid, graceful & elegant, and what instruction she actually does say is helpful. She has great body awareness and knows body anatomy & terms. I would love for her to make another one, but with a different producer/director who put so much self-advertisement in the beginning and end, I thought it was more an advertisement for the company then a belly dance instruction. I feel sorry for Hannah."