Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Belly Dance Your Way to Your Soul Mate|
Actor: Amira Mor
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
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Beautiful like always
K. K. Morris | TN | 02/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video is Cabaret or Turkish style bellydance. She teaches you how to "unveil" with a veil and then dance with it for awhile. This DVD does have backbends in the choreography, so please do not attempt if you do not have strong core muscles in your stomach and back. Build them up before you get this one. I recommend you purchase Neon DVD for abs, Neena and Veena's DVD for Abs and Arms, or Jillina, you could even start with Amira Mor's secound DVD Belly Dance your way to energy. Neon, Neena and Veena, and Jillian, are not cabaret, they are more egyptian and a fusion mix of bellydance, but they will work you out just the same, and get you ready for Amira."
Best for the Advanced Dancer -- Light and Fluffy, But Still
Dancer | Oklahoma USA | 11/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Amira Mor's personal style in "Soul Mate" seems to mesh very well with standing and floor taqsim. I agree with the review by Ms Peel, however I really enjoyed this DVD, but *only* for belly dancers with training and experience, because of the issues with posture and presentation.
There are three ways to compare "Soul Mate" with other DVDs -- (1) with Mor's other releases, (2) with other off-the-shelf belly dance instruction DVDs, and (3) with other serious belly dance instruction DVD/videos (an "apples and oranges kind of comparison").
In comparing "Soul Mate" with Mor's other releases, her personal style for standing and floor taqsim is fluid. Her technique is solid, and she emphasizes line and form, which can be lacking in other "off-the-shelf" instructional DVDs. Her style in this DVD flows more than in her other DVDs. It's not geared towards club dancing and at least she's not wearing spandex bell-bottom slacks.
The caveat is probably also due to the approach of her series--it's geared towards selling to a general market. It also reminded me of the '60s and '70s approach. However, "Soul Mate" is more than just "a wiggle and a shake," becuse she approaches the subject professionally. Also, her fluidity and personal approach fits with "Soul Mate" more strongly than the other DVDs she has released, which is nice.
However, if you compare "Soul Mate" to other more serious instructional Belly Dance DVD/vidoes, then it does come up short. For example, if you view "Soul Mate" in comparison with Veda Sereem's excellent series, all of which are very, very solid in thorough dance instruction, the differences are quite apparent. Watching Sereem's DVDs is like attending a solid class with a solid teacher, where there is actual teaching in actually doing the steps, movements, and choreography. Or in another example, the Katia Presents Oriental Arms DVD/video is a realistic and solid teaching of arm and hand movements that "Soul Mate" doesn't have.
There's just not a comparison, between these DVDs and serious instructional DVDs, but that's OK, if you keep this in mind. It's as if these off-the-shelf DVD/video productions are a "demonstration," rather than a "class." If you've taken a class in something artistic, it's immediately obvious that there's a difference between a demonstration and a classroom experience.
Amira Mor is beautiful and a talented belly dancer. I enjoyed "Soul Mate" more than her other DVDs; it's "lite" and fluffy, but with a respect for authenticity, line and form, and the taqsim is fluid, but it's less than solid for serious instruction, and really best as an add-on for an advanced dancer."