Bellydance - The Next Level is Jenna's latest DVD for World Dance New York. It offers complete dances to perform, and much more: By learning detailed sequences your body will become accustomed to the transitions used in be... more »llydance, enabling you to shift smoothly from one move to the next. As these become second nature, you will find yourself bringing new movements and increased confidence to your dance improvisation as well. Jenna's program begins with a warm-up, and continues with the Hipwork and Upper Body Layering sections, each of which flows through variations of isolations and undulations, adding layers like shimmies and level changes to increase your control and range of motion. Next, Jenna breaks down dynamic and complex turns in an easy-to-follow manner. The turns are then arranged so that, with practice, you will feel completely comfortable adding them to your repertoire. Jenna's two original choreographies allow you to put together many of the layers, turns, and transitions into beautiful dances you can make your own. Add your personal style, express yourself, and have fun! The first choreography, set to an upbeat saiidi-style piece with a short drum solo section, features percussive accents and shimmy layering. The second choreography is a solo oriental piece rich in musicality and filled with delicious details. Jenna performs each dance for you, then breaks down each combination step-by-step with periodic repetitions, finally demonstrating the entire choreography facing the mirror so you can follow along as if you are right there in the studio!« less
"Belly Dance the next level with Jenna Are you ready for new challenges? This enriching instructional program; one hour and 45 minutes, is perfect for those who want to go beyond basics after acquiring a firm foundation and basic knowledge in belly dance, ready to move to ahead to meet new challenges. This is a great step up to follow Jenna's Basics and Beyond instructional program. See how the basics of belly dance are taken into more complex moves to beautifully layer and enhance moves, transitions, turns, hip work. Three practice sessions specific for shoulders, hips and turns The warm-up session: thorough and enjoyable, set to pleasant music and involves every muscle; nothing is left out. Jenna carefully guides a thorough warm up, using undulations, hip arcs, circles, upper and lower body movements the various figure 8s. .Jenna is reflected from a mirror in a studio setting therefore you can see all angles. Hip work layering- in this section, Jenna leaves no stone unturned. Learn to co-ordinate hip and arm movement, using mayas with level change, adding twists to the hips while undulating, pelvic circles done in angles and center, scissor steps on toe layered with a circle, beautiful hip lifts layered with accents in and out, alternate with hips down, then add accents, slide the hips, then get ready for hip drops, shimmies, so much more. If you were ever at a loss at hip work, this will open your vocabulary. Upper body layering: full torso rotations, variations of shoulder shimmies while layering on chest circles and more shoulder shimmies, layered with traveling steps. Turns: a necessary section for all dancers. Almost swan-like and graceful, these turns are all beautifully illustrated to music as Jenna describes and guides you through each step and arm placement. Here Jenna takes you into her concept of turns; how a simple 3 step turn can become a barrel turn; try a two step turn with accent or embellishment, a compass turn or a hip circle with reverse turn, a beautiful compass turn on a spin, a lovely character turn, embellished with oriental arms, a slick cross-over turn, a hip twist turn. Also included is a great practice session for all the turns in the section. Cool-down-Gentle yoga like asanas with soothing music in the background as Jenna instructs each move carefully while demonstrating proper body alignment and placement. Jenna puts all her moves together for two great performances in full costume to 2 intermediate and advanced choreographies with step by step demonstration. This program is packed with instruction. I have learned much from Jenna's programs; her instruction is thorough, detailed and precise in technique, guiding from the basic fundamentals of belly dance in a friendly approach. Jenna appears to be a wholesome teacher and if you cannot be present in her class, this dvd is the next best choice. I am grateful for such! "
Great bang for your buck for intermediates
pippy longstocking | 03/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just got this DVD the other day and must say that if you like Jenna's other DVD's this one is styled in much the same way. My experience is beginner/intermediate. I own Amira's beginning, Sensuous Blanca, Jenna's other two DVD's, the shimmies DVD, bellydance for fitness and well you get the drift. So anyhow heres my breakdown on the 1-5 scale. One is blah and 5 awesome.
DVD Length-5 thoroughness of instruction at intermediate level-5 Visuals, nothing distracting, good view of legs-5 Menu options-5 Costumes-2 (this is so subjective, but wasn't thrilled especially with the red dress that covers a good deal of her belly
Instructor likablility-5 Bang for buck-5 worth every penny and then some; nothing comparable in the intermediate range
Recommend-5 this is my top pick for intermediates"
Good Intermediate video
Shara of Desert Dance | KS | 02/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I believe this is a very good intermediate video. The instructor is clear in her explaination and her movements are not obstructed by wardrobe. I like that she then performs in costume to inspire you. Good education/entertainment mix. This is also a good video for anyone who just likes to watch competent dancers perform."
Serena | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 04/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well produced, easy to follow...there's a wealth of information here that can keep a dancer occupied for awhile! I love the break down of the turns. I FINALLY figured out the barrel turn after watching the DVD! It was like a lightbulb went off:) I also find it very helpful to have the camera behind Jenna while she faces the mirror, especially during the break down of the choreos. Makes it a lot easier to learn them. This DVD is also a useful tool for teachers looking for new ideas to bring to their intermediate/advanced classes. Jenna uses clear explanations and great tips for all the movements taught, so a teacher is able to utilize some of these ideas to incorporate in their classes."
Exceptional supplemental Lesson Tool
Kiki | New Jersey | 07/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To any amateur dancer who is looking to improve her own choreography and increase overall dancing abilities, I would highly recommend this DVD as the perfect supplemental tool.
This DVD delivers in every aspect. The Drill sections offer opportunity to practice basic hip and upper body movements, while incorporating layers and transitions. I will say that the pace of the drills is pretty rapid, so you will need to utilize the pause button quite a bit.
After mastering the drills and the turns section, Jenna has two choreographies that are both elegant and technically challenging. Each choreography is broken down step by step so that you can attempt the entire routine on your own.
I use this DVD as a practice utensil and as a supplement to my in class lessons. Its right at my level (intermediate-Advanced). However, If you have taken or are taking belly dance lessons, this DVD will be very useful. I would not recommend this to a beginner or someone who hasn't taken lessons because the DVD is geared towards Intermediate to Advanced dancers."