Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bellydance for the Beautiful Freaks|
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Exercise & Fitness
Studio: Stratostream Release Date: 11/10/2006
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Good if U R going Goth clubbing and new 2 the scene
Shara of Desert Dance | KS | 05/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you are planning on going Goth clubbing and need some moves, get this DVD. If you are looking for bellydance instruction, I'd recommend starting with the move breakdown in Luscious. Tempest covers some ideas in her expression session that are valuable, but short. I was a little disappointed in the performance section because I felt the performance was more Burlesque bellydance than Gothic bellydance. I thought she would perform more of what she taught (Skinny Puppy or something?)"
Embraces the unique with flair and expertise...
Stephanie Mojica | Los Angeles, CA | 01/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tempest, instructor and featured dancer in Bellydance for the Beautiful Freaks, was my first ever belly dance instructor - all from the privacy of my living room. I've always wanted to dance but until recently, felt my body size excluded me. Tempest is sleek, but makes a point of saying that anyone who wants to can learn her moves.
I really like her style of teaching, and found myself catching on right away. In addition, she does an excellent job of giving cues. The music is phenomenal, and includes the beats of gothic artists such as Jill Tracy and Collide. Tempest also includes some flamenco-inspired moves in Bellydance for the Beautiful Freaks, making this a true fusion winner."
I'm A Beautiful Freak :)
Lady Nightshayde | Australia | 07/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being very new to Belly Dance and loving anything goth, I couldnt buy this dvd quicker. Especially being that it is by Tempest.
She has a very witty sense of humour. She runs through the moves and makes it easy. The warmup wasnt quite as good as I thought but it definately warmed me up enough.
Tempests' performances at the end are very good. Pity there's only two though.
The routines are broken down easily and in two sections. One slow and one faster. I found it easier (for me) to do the slower one as Im only a beginner.
The gothic workshop was fun and full of info especially if you will be performing on stage, which one day soon I will be.
Loved it :)"
Bellydance for Beautiful Freaks
trypanophobic34 | 02/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This video is helpful and interesting if you're a beginning bellydancer looking to get into alternative bellydance. It gives you four routines, two slow, two faster and with more of a gothic edge, that are then broken down, as well as tips on how to manage them on the club dance floor, on maintaining a dramatic element through expression and costume, etc. The choice of music is excellent - Collide is definitely the music to come to mind when I think of this kind of bellydance.
Tempest is down-to-earth and impressive, yet I would say a touch unprofessional at times (I don't know why, but I feel like towards the end there's a part where she's a bit sloppier with giving instructions, like she got tired of repeating them, hah). I think it would actually be better if there were a background behind her, as it kind of just looks like she is floating in a blue space, which isn't all that atmospheric. I agree with what another reviewer said, that the part where she talks about the gothic aspects of bellydance doesn't seem necessary and isn't as interesting as it might be. I don't think she does a very good job of defining what gothic bellydance really is. Finally, despite her emphasizing how important it is to have dramatic facial expressions, she is very expressionless throughout, so perhaps she isn't the best candidate to demonstrate that aspect of her advice. But just a minor thing. I know not everyone can look smoldering or piquant.
I really don't know anything about bellydance, but I've heard this repeatedly, so maybe this video isn't the best for strict, very technical bellydance, but would be great if you are interested in this stylistic element of the bellydance revival and getting a sense of that. It does repeatedly refer to incorporating this into dance at goth clubs. I think of gothic bellydance, just as all elements of goth/alternative culture, as above all alluring, stylish, elegant, dramatic, and edgy. It is fun and interesting, nor do I want to just do traditional bellydancing, so that's all that matters.
This is definitely worth taking a look at, it's enjoyable and definitely got me excited about bellydance!"