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|Bellydance - Tribal Fusion NYC|
Actor: Bellydance Tribal Fusion NYC
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Exercise & Fitness
Capturing the worldly, global, and futuristic vibe of New York City and inspired by the dashing diversity of New York's theater and dance, Tribal Fusion NYC offers instruction in the popular genre of Tribal Fusion belly... more »
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Michelle L. (keyi) from YUKON, OK
Reviewed on 3/21/2009...
A vital feature of the program is an open-level dance workout designed to condition the body while reviewing the basics of bellydance technique and freestyle dance movement. Darshan emphasizes optimal carriage and alignment, and aims at conditioning the muscle groups that produce ease, effortlessness and precision in bellydance movement. The workout section includes Darshan's signature torso articulation drills and the upper body flexibility and articulation that makes Tribal Fusion style so distinct.
In the instructional section of the DVD, Darshan introduces an emphasis on styling and expression, as she teaches pacing, restraint, and projecting the mystique of the dance. Darshan teaches four combinations step-by-step and then demonstrates them in one dance sequence east to follow for practice.
THIS DVD IN MIS-DESCRIBED IN THE MAIN SYNOPSIS> IT IS NOT THE SAME DVD AS "EVOLUTION:TRIBAL FUSION"
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An OK choice for beginners
aFoundObject | MD United States | 03/13/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD with Sera's "East Coast Tribal" DVD to help facilitate my at-home practice and I have to admit that it is dull in comparison. The combos are less than stimulating and the crazy lava-lamp background really is distracting from Darshan's teaching technique. Unlike Sera's smooth, graceful combos, Darshan's seem to be a bit tame and boring. Most of them are variations on ATS movements (arabic hip twist, for one) that you can find on Fatchance DVDs or are small isolation combos that you could feasibly make up at home.
The one that that is amazing on this DVD is her performance pieces. Darshan really is an amazing dancer and well worth watching... but I have to admit that her lovely performance wasn't enough for me to keep this DVD.
I WOULD suggest this DVD for its drills and combos for a beginner, however, since they're simple and clear-cut. However, if you're an experienced dancer who is looking to expand your horizons, I would suggest looking elsewhere."
Yet another approach to Tribal Fusion...
Ettell | France | 03/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Good production. Good exercise session with challenging chest and torso (ondulation) moves.
Darshan teaches 3 combinations each with a different dance influence (tribal, world - samba etc.) in which she breaks down the moves involved.
Darshan then puts these moves togethet in a short and straighforward little dance combination which repeats itself automaticaly- that's a brilliant idea for those who might want to keep practising this routine for a while.
Darshan is graceful and teaches very well.
Only drawback: the background used during the dance combinations is a bit hard on the eyes.
The music is modern something or the other, not oriental. Darshan gives a lenghty solo permance at the end, which showcases her particular style of dance.
Overall, worth adding to one's collection of Tribal Styles."
Helped Me Improve
Tamara | L.A. | 04/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been taking cabaret classes for 3 years now and this is my first DVD on tribal fusion bellydance. I loved the way Darshan explains how to do the moves in easy to understand step by step break down. She does them slowly at first, explains the use of muscles involved and then does them at full speed so that you can see what it is supposed to look like once the move is mastered. I liked her constant reminders to keep breathing and tucked for I get so involved trying to follow that my form often starts to suffer. True beginners might have a little trouble following along- for example, she doesn't explain what a hip drop is or how to do it. I however, found it fun and easy to follow and I especially improved on my undulations and learned the chest figure eight for the first time.
I also liked the break down of the combinations as well. She built them up slowly so that I could easily memorize them as she went along. I didn't have to keep going backwards on the DVD to see what she did because she repeated learned moves and then added new ones to the combination.
The intro is very informative and interesting. Darshan speaks clearly and has a nice voice, but used the word "um" quite a bit and the camera angle cutting was a little odd. Don't let that stop you from enjoying her dancing, teaching and her performances at the end. Over all, this DVD has a good warm up, helpful drills and some nice combinations that can be incorporated into one's dance. Nice little samples of a variety of moves in 3 combinations with 3 different styles: Contemporary Tribal Fusion, Tribalesque and World Tribal Fusion.
Advanced tribal fusion students might find this a good review, but may end up not getting enough new stuff from it."