Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Instant Belly Dancer A Crash Course in Bellydance Vol2 - Hipwork Plus|
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
The "Hipwork Plus" DVD explores belly dance moves based on angular geometric patterns with emphasis on hipwork - the core of the belly dance vocabulary. Intricate hip movement patterns emerge from combining simple trajecto... more »
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BRAVO NEON! ...this is a sleeper hit... knocked my socks off
Lisa Bergman | NYC New York | 01/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beginners: Take a chance on this tape if you have had problems learning from other tapes. You can't go wrong for the price. You probably won't like this DVD if you want expensive production. Get the much hyped "Goddess workout" if you want to fantasize you are a gorgeous bellydancer... It would be a better gift for someone. It is production perfect: You will see a perfect looking blonde in a gorgous background. But, if you really want to learn and you are movement challenged like I am -- get this DVD. Nothing fancy, just pure learning.
I always read and trust the reviews of DVD's from Shira's bellydance website. Neon was never mentioned there so I didn't pay too much attention to her when I would see her DVD's for sale now and then on ebay. Then one day out of curiousity looked at her reviews from Amazon. I was very impressed at what people said. I took a chance and bought it since one was for sale cheap (used). I have a number of bellydance DVDs for beginners, but this is the first one that I can really learn from explanation as well as visually. Many people taking bellydance have dance backgrounds and are visual learners. For them it isn't too important who the teacher is as long as they have good form. They see, then do. They can look at someone and copy easily because they understand where their bodies are in space. They do well in classes.... I don't. I need to go really slow and have explanation accompanying the visual. This doesn't come easily in most classes or videos, but this video delivers.
Because Neon wears a LOT of makeup, I think people judge her as a "bimbo" who maybe couldn't deliver a good lesson. Trust me: Don't judge the book by the cover... this gal is SHARP. I am a teacher (not for dance) so I know a good teacher when I encounter one. This lady proves that she has an UNCANNY ability to teach.. better than American born teachers who might have a more serious appearance. If I hadn't seen the rave reviews I might have stereotyped her as well. Neon will blow you away with her breakdown of movements.. I promise. I learned a lot less from expensive tapes. I have also taken classes from excellent bellydancers at 100/hr private lessons who couldn't tell me HOW they do their moves... they could only show me. I think it takes a certain inborn teaching quality to break movements down to their simplest components. I agree with the other reviewer who said she liked the way she "relates moves to each other." You will see what I mean if you get the video. She will teach a move and show you how to tweak it and make it another similar move. I think even bellydance teachers should see this video because they could improve teaching skills.
Bayla | NYC | 05/22/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was disappointed when I watched these dvds. I purchased both of Neon's volume 1 and volume 2, and I am returning both. I am sure I could learn something from them, but the flavor and the spirit is not what I was looking for at all. I find her approach interesting, but I am going elsewhere.
I was expecting more of a traditional type of instruction. Neon seems very talented, and is quite easy to understand, but this was not what I wanted. I am sure she is an accomplished dancer, but I wanted authentic music, and more traditional instruction for someone interested in belly dancing for belly dancing, not for clubbing, not just a surface approach.
I have to say that the spacy techno music is HORRIBLE!!. How she chose that as accompaniment is beyond me. I love middle eastern music, and that was a real let down.
I have to move on to something more to my taste. Sorry Neon."
Wonderful teacher, great for basics, pleasant voice to liste
i.a.m. | usa | 03/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i also bought the bellydance dvd by Kathy Smith, but by far i loved this one by Neon (i really thought this was going to be more of a silly 'gimick', basing on her unusual name 'Neon', but it turns out she really knows her stuff!)
she takes you thru many basic moves, w/an overlying grid to show you precisely how to do it, and is taught an easy but not TOO slow of a pace either lol. i have both her 1 and 2 dvd, and i'm now ordering her "Dance Today! Bellydance - Active Lifestyle Makeover" dvd (for fun and to test out my newest skills).
this one's a real bargin for the price! :)"
Belly dancing by Neon
J. Parnicky | Cordova, TN USA | 07/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Crash Course in Bellydance, the first dvd, was great! The learning pace is a bit fast, but the workout left me feeling quite toned. The Hipwork Plus was a shorter less intense workout. I probably won't be using it too often. It was not worth buying by the standards of the first dvd."