Bellydance Basics & Beyond is a 2 hr. 20 min. program designed to teach the fundamental movements of bellydance and encourage their practice in a wide range of dance combinations. Jenna's methodical presentation of bellyd... more »ance basics begins with POSTURE, the foundation on which dance movement is built. The BASIC ARMS section teaches you how to maintain and enhance a beautiful elongated body line through graceful positioning of the arms and hands. WARMUP includes select dance moves and dynamic stretches and is designed as a light total-body workout. The FOOTWORK section lays the foundation for traveling steps, focusing on a number of patterns, such as basic walk, 2-step and triple step traveling and ways to change directions. ISOLATIONS of shoulders, ribcage and hips are building blocks of bellydance movement. Jenna breaks down slides, lifts, drops, arcs and sharp accents. Some of these elements are dance moves in their own right, and others help to form compound moves. COMPOUND MOVES are the essential vocabulary of bellydance - circles, undulations and figure 8s. Jenna's technique of building them from the smallest and most basic elements up, ensures that they are performed with effortless grace. Next, Jenna shows how to layer simple and compound moves on top of TRAVELING steps. PRACTICE COMBINATIONS offer five 5-minute practice sessions made from many exciting bellydance combinations. As you follow Jenna, you can listen to the music together with her verbal cues or you can select the music-only option. This section offers a series of excellent technique drills and can be combined with the WARMUP for a fantastic 30-minute moderate workout. The last session contains stretches and can serve as a cooldown.« less
The most comprehensive bellydance instruction ever
Mala Bhargava | India | 11/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How do you argue with almost two and a half hours of content on one little disk--at hardly any cost? In my collection, I have DVDs that offer one tenth the amount of content at an average of $40. This video has an incredible amount of instruction. More than I've seen on any other single video, in fact. It's an entire belly dance syllabus. The teaching is authoritative--as it should be, coming from someone who really knows. It's detailed and thorough. Despite being such a long DVD, the pace is perfect and consistent throughout. There isn't any section where get disoriented with a sudden variation in style or pace. The relaxed and flowing feel of the whole DVD actually adds to the learning experience. There are now dozens and dozens of beginner bellydance instruction videos. I've always wondered just how the market supports quite that many. Among them, this one now ranks among the top few because you find everyone in on e place, explained and demonstrated well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to the next person who asks what they should have in their starter kit. Unlike many of the other dvds, you'll find a section on traveling steps and layering. So it really does live up to its promise of basics and beyond. It has a sizeable practice section which is quite useful. The only thing that could have added to it, in my opinion, is the choreography notes (perhaps even on screen) for the performance to Layla. What can beginners get out of this? Everything in one easy solid package. What can intermediate dancers get out of it? A good reference, and a workout plus drill. It's unbelievable value for money."
Best bellydance tutorial
inkypink | Malaysia | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are unable to go for a "live" class, this DVD helps you get the basics down and introduces you to bellydance with beautiful step-by-step tutorials. A major plus point of the DVD is that it contains a full 2.5 hours of material. Yes, two and a half HOURS.
It is set in a studio - with a wall-to-wall mirrors on the front, at an angle .. so essentially you the viewer can see the moves from the front and the back. You will miss nothing of the footwork or body and arm movements, and this is very important especially with bellydancing.
This setting is a major plus as it does make it feel like you are "in" the studio. The instructor, Jenna, also helps contribute to this, with her nice pleasing speech and manner .. so that it feels like a 1-on-1 class (but in your living room!). She is also not very intimidating - unlike most fitness videos or even bellydancing videos.
It starts off with the absolute basics - with each body part done individually - the shoulders, the legs, the hips etc. All the movements are done or should I say, introduced separately before combining them together as you move further along with the DVD.
I highly recommend this, especially since it seems like such a steal for the amount of content you get in the DVD."
A true solid foundation for beginners.
Angellica | Coral Gables, FL | 11/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have the bad habit of arching my lower back. So, Jenna's detailed and precise intruction has helped me enormously. In this aspect this DVD is better than many bellydance workout DVDs and many other features. The mirror behind her gives the instruction the feel of being in a workshop. The DVD menu gives you the freedom to do as much as you can, and go back to a section that is particularly challenging."
Best beginner dvd!
P. Hand | 01/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this dvd! Jenna is so clear and concise in her instruction. She stands in front of a huge mirror so you can see her at all times, including her feet. I have been taking lessons for 5 months but this is a must own dvd. As the title says she starts with the basics, such as posture and arm and hand positions. She takes it all the way through to hip drops,foot patterns and everything in between. She then has practice combinations with or without voice instructions. There are also sub catergories to choose from for even more practice and instructions. Jenna is pretty, very likable and has a pleasant voice and teaches real dance moves, NOT counting 1,2,3--1,2,3--which I dislike in other dvds. I have a couple other good beginner dvds, but this is the one I reach for everyday! If you want a REAL beginner teaching dvd that breaks down every move from A-Z then Jenna is the one!"
Best Value for the Beginner Bellydancer
C.C.N. | 12/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For the dollar amount this DVD delivers valuable instruction without compromising quality. Full of valuable instruction it clearly covers basic foudation moves of bellydance- from undulations, hipwork, to arm movements, as well as a section on posture and a brief warm-up. You are able to clearly see what she is demonstrating from the front and the back, just as if you were taking a class with an instructor. This is helpful when trying to learn the move yourself.
Jenna also covers basic traveling steps, and shows you how to incorporate the travel steps with the isolations. She has a drill portion of the DVD that allows you to practice and layer the moves in different combinations.
Most professionally produced bellydance instructional DVDs can cost anywhere from $30-$40. I take bellydance classes and have bought countless DVDs for practice. I have paid $40 for a DVD by a reputable dancer and the production quality and clarity of the instruction of Bellydance Basics and Beyond with Jenna was far better.
If you want a good Beginner Bellydance DVD for practice or as an introduction, this is a great one to try for the price."