Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Denise Druce
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Exercise & Fitness
All you need is a pair of hips and a desire to dance. This workout is great for beginners as well as those with belly dance experience. Included is a warm-up, a 25 minute workout focusing on the muscles of the core, and a ... more »
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Worst Bellydance DVD ever!
HeartofAvalon | Denver, CO USA | 10/05/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is one I will NEVER use in my bellydance library. It is currently collecting dust. For all you bellydancers and would-be bellydancers out there, I cannot think of a worse DVD to spend your money on. She doesn't "instruct" the movements at all, but merely leads you through a workout. The workout isn't comprehensive, and it isn't "safe" looking, in my opinion. It doesn't work the totality of the body, and it lacks foundation. If you are interested in learning to bellydance, are already a bellydancer, or just want a bellydance "exercise" DVD, there are better choices for your money. Keep looking elsewhere, you will find a good fit!"
J. Gamble | Roanoke VA | 07/17/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Featuring a fitness professionsal, who is billed as an experienced dancer, I was very disappointed in the instruction on this DVD. I will give it kudos for being complete in having a warm-up, workout, and cool-down, but I was completely lost during the 'advanced' section since it didn't include any instruction."
Farah | Davy Jones' Locker | 03/19/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you are thinking about buying this dvd I only have one piece of advice - run away!!! This dvd shouldn't even be allowed to have the word "bellydance" in its title. It contains absolutely no proper bellydance basics and no quality instruction. Worse yet, what it does contain are plenty of ways to get injured. I only wish I had the option of giving this dvd zero stars or, better yet, negative stars. A one star rating is too generous.
To anyone who is looking for a beginning bellydance fitness dvd, I cannot emphasize enough that you DO NOT buy this one. If you want a bellydance based fitness dvd consider "Perfect Hips" or "Body by Bellydance" by Michelle Joyce. She is an excellent, safety conscious instructor and her dvds are great ways to get in shape and learn REAL bellydance techniques at the same time. There are also many wonderful bellydance workout dvds to choose from by lovely, talented dancers like Dolphina, The Belly Twins and Princess Farhana to name a few. So, PLEASE PLEASE run away from this dvd and choose another!!!!!"
This is NOT bellydance
CeeBee2112 | 07/05/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I have bellydanced for several years, but took a couple years off, so I picked this one up as something that looked fun and might help to get back in practice again. The woman who is featured in the DVD has no business representing herself as a bellydance instructor. She doesn't explain the movements, nor does she demonstrate them correctly herself. I was practically cringing through much of it, seeing how poorly she executed the moves. At one point, she makes several mistakes in a row, then tries to cover for it by saying, "just let your body go where it wants to." No, I'm sorry, you do NOT just let your body go wherever it wants to in any trained form of dance. Admittedly, she's got some dynamite abs, but she didn't get them from bellydance. She hardly engaged those muscles at all while she was dancing, and she didn't demonstrate how to properly engage them so as to protect the low back while dancing.
Her sense of rhythm is terrible as well. She doesn't move to the beat of the music. I don't understand how that can be since she has apparently taught aerobics for years, which, one would think, would instill a very good sense of rhythm in a person. Maybe she just doesn't understand the rhythms of non-western music, but in any case she was quite frequently off the beat. It didn't help that the music was uninspiring and seemed to be on a loop, so that every once in while it would skip a beat, so that if by some miracle she had actually managed to keep on beat for a couple of measures, the skipped beat would throw her off and she'd be flailing to catch the beat again.
Terrible. Just overall terrible. I sincerely hope that she doesn't "teach" regular bellydance classes. She had very visible difficulty executing moves that only bordered on intermediate. You could see by the grimace on her face that she was having a hard time herself, and after attempting to execute slightly more difficult moves a couple of times, she'd quickly modify them into something extremely basic, because she just couldn't keep it up. She also did not use transitions to get from one move to the next, but simply stopped what she was doing and started something else. I could go on and on, but I think you probably already get how horrible this DVD is. Mine is going in the trash. I wouldn't inflict this on anyone, not even for free."