Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Goddess Workout with Dolphina - Bellydance with Veils|
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Condition your arms and upper body through the graceful movement of the veil. Join the ultimate Goddess herself, Dolphina, in an exhilarating cardiovascular bellydance workout that increases flexibility while toning and co... more »
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A good burn for your arms
thickmilkshake | Queens, New York | 09/13/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice video for working out your arms on days when you have only 25 minutes to spare. The veil work can easily be done with a light scarf or cloth. Dolphina includes a very brief routine towards the end.
The video includes a warm up, two veil technique sections, a routine and a cool down. She shows you how to make an entrance with your veil, some moves that whirl the veil around, footwork to accompany the moves, turns and an arabesque. She assumes that you already know how to do hip circles, hip drops, and shimmies.
I would recommend this video for people who are beginners who have some exposure to bellydance and want to add a few more steps to their workout or dance practice."
Great workout and lots of fun
Angel | St. Paul, MN | 11/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This video is simple yet effective. Your arms will definitely feel the burn, but you won't mind because with the veil, it is fun! Dolphina has a calm, soothing voice that makes her presentation very pleasant. The workout proceeds at a perfect pace. She leaves enough time to practice each move, but not too much time so that you don't get bored. While not a huge number of veil techniques are presented, the ones that she does go over are staples of veilwork, and I have found them to be very useful in my dancing. The length of the video is great--in the time you could watch a sitcom, you can tone your arms instead! Time flies when you're having fun. :) I do not recommend this as a good DVD for technique instruction, because sometimes her demonstrations of the veil, hip, and footwork moves are neither clear nor consistent. Having some prior exposure to bellydance and veilwork makes the video easier to follow. That aside, as a workout video this accomplishes what it sets out to do. It is a great buy for the money, and a video I will keep coming back to!"
Great production quality & sweet teaching & sloppy form
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 04/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The production quality is great, the sets, costumes, etc. though the camera moves too much. Her cuing is good, attention to detail, use of analogies & the pace is good. But Neena & Veena, Neon, Suhaila, Jenna, Jillina, Sonia, Blanca, Rachael Brice & even Amira (though her form is sloppy too), teach & dance better. Dolphina's form is a bit sloppy, but she still has more fluidity then Rania & Tanna.
There are 3 trailers on her site at Goddessworkout com"
The Basics And A Little Inspiration
Parthena Black | Oklahoma | 05/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this at a very good price and had planned to sell it at an upcoming fair. I decided to try it based on the other reviews. I'm glad I did. My arms were aching from the beginning and I learned one or two new moves. Halfway through it I was having a lot of fun and improvising a little. While I've practiced with my veil, I haven't yet tried designing a choreography with it. Dolphina presents some good ideas on how to put the moves together. The routine she presents is easy and fun.
I don't think this one would be too hard on beginners. Dolphina did a good job of demonstrating most of the moves but went a little fast. She skipped explaining undulations altogether, so if you have no experience be prepared to improvise during that part of the choreography. The beauty of video is that you can rewind and repeat as many times as you want. For beginners, I do recommend that you use a veil the length of the one that Dolphina uses. My three yard veil seemed a little long for the moves she was teaching. I thought that the photography was very good, showing the instructor's whole body throughout. I'm confused by some of the reviews on this and one of Dolphina's other DVD's that contradict each other on that issue. It makes one wonder whether the reviewer actually used or even watched the video.
As both a workout and bellydance lesson, it's very good. Dolphina presents the basics in 30 minutes and the choreography is simple. I've been taking classes for about seven months. I buy DVD's to supplement the classes and to develop and perfect my skills. I'd rather choreograph my own routines than copy someone else's. Dolphina, Sonia and Jillina's videos have all helped me build the basics needed to design my own dance.
If you're just looking for a workout, this will tone your arms but doesn't pack enough cardio for fat burning. I found this DVD to be very relaxing and it works for stretching and stress release. If your goal is to learn bellydance, you'll get a good basic lesson on veil technique."