Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bellydance Superstars Introduction to Bellydance|
Actors: Amar Gamal, Bozenka, Saida
Director: Gerhard Schmidt
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Exercise & Fitness
This instructional DVD is the first of its kind with four world famous bellydance performers and renowned instructors breaking down the basic movements of this art form. It's not everyday that you can say you've studied w... more »
Quickie Bellydance Superstars Instructional DVD
R. Riggs | Houston, TX | 05/29/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"According to the interviews with the dancers (in the extras at the end of the DVD) the four BDSS who made this (Sonia, Bozenka, Amar Gamal and Saida) only found out they would be making this a few days before filming while they were in Monte Carlo, and they just sort of threw it together. For a quickie DVD it's not that bad, they go through all the basic moves, and the video quality is not bad, if you like the dancers it's worth $11 bucks, but there are better DVDs to learn the basics from (try Amira's Belly Dance 101 DVD, a quality instructional video of belly dancing basics for beginners). The DVD offers a warmup and cooldown, but it's not a workout DVD. If the menu was a little more organized and would list and let you jump to individual movements instead of big groups ('hips'), I'd rate it a little higher. Also if they'd given us at least one real bonus performance from these very talented dancers it would have been nice (there's a group dance with all four girls, but it is sort of disorganized and very beginner)."
I like it...
Amira Rayne | 10/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I actually really like this dvd, even though they had a couple days to throw things together, I think it's really good, the moves they showed really help me practice at home, I only go to bellydance classes once a week, and this dvd shows me everything I need to practice for class, I think it's really helpful for anyone who is starting bellydance, but already knows some basics. Plus they break down moves that I haven't figured out, to where I finally have them figured out! So if you are a beginner, or just looking for practice, I would recommend this dvd."
It's worth it just for Saida's teaching bit....
CherryJellyBean | San Diego | 08/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love Saida's teaching part in this DVD. She really gives a lot of information and shows different variations of hip circles. However, there were no performances at the end, which was dissipointing.
I think it's worth the price, and more for an advanced beginner, since I felt it didn't have enough detailed instruction for a brand new beginner."
Bit slow, but good instruction & a lot of content for beginn
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 11/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even though this was thrown together, the lack of choices in the chapters & sometimes the background music is so low, you can't hear it, the immense content of basic moves is great. You get about an hour of pure instruction. Luckily if you choose music only, it's different then the ones with the narration so you can always hear the music.
All the women narrated over their teaching. All did the movements in 1/4 time, 1/2 time & normal speed at least 2-3x if not more for all movements & did both or all directions & both sides of the body.
Sonia was overcareful, over enunciating so she made it feel slow w/slow/relaxed music that was boring. Bozenka was good pace, but you couldn't hear the music at all, so seemed a bit slow. Amar Gamal from Bellydance Jam was awesome with faster pace in teaching then the rest, but still complete & easy to follow & used the fast beat music that was fun. Saida was also taught well & the music was interesting, but not fast & the music was low.
The warm-up & cool down was good & done well. The final after the cool down was all of them dancing slowly for a while & then normal speed so you can follow, but the music was very energizing with a fast pace that made you want to move faster. They showed some hip movements, but mostly traveling steps some w/hip movements as well.
I did see a few things I'd never seen before or rarely see on bellydance instruction/workouts - crescents, 3/4 shimmies, hagala shimmy (circle movement w/hip like thought extra step on stairs but there isn't), sit circle (half the circle you sit back), 1/2 wide hip circle w/full torso swing.
Considering it was thrown together, I think these women did a wonderful job & you do get a lot of teaching even if there is lack of music. The pace maybe a bit slow, they really make sure you never have to hit that rewind button by teaching you the moves so slow in 1/4 speed (too slow even for me, I think 1/2 speed is perfect).
I think they showed almost every basic move: undulations of the ribs only, hips only, rib slide, hip circles, hip bumps, hip lifts/drops w/kicks, figure 8s vertical & horizontal, hip twists, hip circles, omi, snakes arms, shoulder shimmies, hip shimmies, etc. & they showed at least 4-5 traveling steps in the final part.
Again, this is for beginners & the pace is too slow for a workout. For anyone else, you will be bored with it.
You can find previews on youtube under "Introduction to Bellydance Technique BDSS" & "Saida, Bozenka, Sonia y Amar Gamal en Montecarlo""