Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Belly Dancing with Jacqueline Chapman|
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Dance your way to a more beautiful body! Belly Dancing with Jacqueline Chapman is a fun exercise and fitness regimen for all ages, shapes and sizes that will tighten, tone, reshape and strengthen your body. The dance and m... more »
Low-budget, good instruction, decent dance ability
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 11/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a low-budget video done by Jacqueline Chapman alone who has a lovely British accent & looks to be in her 40s-50s. When she is inside, you can hear the bellydance music off a stereo, hear her beads moving very clearly as if you were really there. The video & sound are clear considering the non-professional production. she had a lovely patient, relaxed disposition & style of teaching. She always shows the movments slow at first & builds. She tells you how movements will keep you in shape ocassionally & analogies. There is some lack of teaching & I'm not sure I would fully recommend this as a first dvd.
It starts with her dancing outside in a beautiful costume in a park for 4 min with a voiceover telling you why bellydance is good for the body, the precautions & other general exercise video guidelines.
Next for 5 min in a small room w/basic rugs & decorations is Chapman showing you a warm up of neck rolls, shoulder rolls & a rhomboid strengthener, horse stance & plies & standinf forward bend while in 80s looking gym spandex.
Next is her dancing again outside in a beautiful outfit for 4 min telling a general history of bellydancing, but not too much too much.
Back inside with her in bellydance costume (lifts the skirt to see feet ocassionaly), for 12 min, we start with the basic posture which she teaches well & even reminds to use pc muscles like sqeezing a pencil. The movements she does are basic hip circles w/also level changes; hip twists w/turning (seems a little sloppy here); horizontal figure 8s w/turning; hip lifts & drops w/level changes; alternating hip thrusts w/going by music, turning & on tip toes; traveling in step/turn/step fashion.
Next is her outside again dancing in a 1 peice custome for 2 min w/o anything but music.
Next back inside for 11 min is camel w/turning & walking; reverse horizontal figure 8s (she brings hip up) w/level changes; stationary Arabic walk & w/hip lifts & drops, vertical hip figure 8s w/turning & level changes; 2 basic hand movements.
Next is the Choreographed Dance for 2 min teaching w/no music background & done once in normal speed.
Next is her doing it again outside w/only music, then again is her doing it inside w/only music.
Last is her in a gravel & cultured flower garden is her doing a differnt dance using veils.
She is a good teacher, she kept my interest though I found her actual dancing a bit stiff. She executes the moves w/decent fluidity, but between each movement many times she stops to think for a second or even just moves normal in between that kills the flow.
I still recommend the bellydance twins Neena & Veena, Suhaila, Jillina, Neon, Rachel Brice or Jenna before hers."
A nice dvd
Basbenee | USA | 12/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I actually found this dvd at the library and decided to give it a try. It's actually pretty good. The budget for it isn't big, no flashy details, etc. but you see Chapman dancing outdoors in a garden at the start and for segments in between, and she gives some background on bellydance. There is no fancy camera work for the teaching segments, which is refreshing. The camera doesn't move, and you see her from the front, and then she moves to show you moves sideways. She explains postures well, and offers tips and some good descriptions to help you along. You'd see a lot of stuff other videos cover, but she is a bit more clear here, and she adds a couple moves that you don't see as often. It's a good product, worth checking out for beginners and for someone wanting a refresher."