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"Sarah begins with an introduction to veils, including some of the fabrics and types of edging that can be used. She then demonstrates several ways to wear the veils. She shows you how to wear the veils for the choreography she teaches. The choreography is beautiful and easily followed. Sarah is beautiful and a pleasure to watch. Follow along with her and you will be beautiful in your dance! Sarah demonstrates how to make an economical costume for yourself out of a bra, mirrors, trim, glitter glue and necklaces. The performances on this video are lovely. Sarah not only performs the choreography taught, but also performs "Salome's Sin" with a chorus of other beautiful dancers. This DVD would be suitable for beginners that have a grasp of most of the basic moves, but it is also appealing for any dancer that loves veils, great music, a little theatrics, and simply elegant choreography. Sarah wears some gorgeous costumes on this DVD. She is a talented costume designer as evidenced in the costume she designed for the front cover. I found this to be a very enjoyable DVD. "
Fun, beautiful, good for beginners.
Lisa M. Mims | Austin, TX United States | 09/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sarah starts this with a history lesson about the origin of the dance of the seven veils. (This dance has its origins in the marriage of Harrod to his brother's wife. His stepdaughter Salome is actually doing the dance. There is also some discussion of the origin of the veils; they may be symbolic of the seven deadly sins, and their removal symbolizes showing one's true self.)
After the biblical storytelling, Sarah shows you what kinds of veils that you will need and how they should be held or placed in your costume. The instruction progresses to how to dance with the veils.
The instruction is very clear, and Sarah has a good sense of humour that helps the instruction along. The dance itself is inventive, impressive, and doesn't actually take that much bellydance skill.
This would be a good purchase for a dancer who wants to be able to perform something impressive without a lot of prior experience. If you can count, you can probably do this dance. It's really imaginative, and looks a lot more difficult than it really is."
Soft,sensual veil dance, so feminine!!!
Seir | USA | 08/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sarah skinner-Romantic Belly Dance Seven Veils
Before writing a review, I was determined to learn the entire contents of this dvd. At great length, I did so and my reward has been an enrichment to my dance language, increased fluidity, sensuality in floor work while improving on basic veil tricks. The floor work in this program is exquisitely performed by Sarah Skinner. In brief, Sarah marvels her audience as she goes through her 7 veils, without heavy draped on fabrics, but rather making great use of kerchiefs which are just as effective and flirty.
The romantic bellydance dvd has in content:
Sarah welcomes her audience by sharing her interpretation of the famous story of Salome and the 7 veils as redone by Oscar Wilde, the number seven coming into a curious play and interpreted into a personal vision; a brief history of veils, types of fabrics and varying lengths.. For this great, fun veil dance program, you will need: 3 long veils, 4 kerchiefs in varying sizes; (as you will learn how to drape yourself.)
Included also in the program: *Upper body warm up, beautiful hand and arm articulations *Spine and torso warm up, proper posture *Hip movement using inner core muscles *A segment devoted to floor work, how to change levels using hipwork, cute flirty tricks on the floor *Veil tricks and switches, cascades and a beautiful choreography integrating all of the above. *A complete step through into the choreography with Sarah guiding gently and thoroughly beginning with the first veil and to end with veil seven. *Great tips on using the veil to interact with the audience *How to decorate a bra top, head piece and much more!
There is so much packed into this great program. In addition, enjoy a sultry and playful choreography with Sarah and Dancers. A very thorough veil program, for the beginner, or those well versed, there is much to learn. The material presented in a fun approachable manner.The costuming is gorgeous, the music is drawing, captivating, and lending to the dance of veils as you flow back in time to a time of Salome and her dance of the seven veils.....
3.5 stars - good as a 3 or 4th DVD
badnat | las vegas, nevada United States | 01/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a Very well produced DVD that has lots of information while not being too advanced for those who are just moving up from say, a Dolphina DVD. This is not a long or involved veil choreography and there are only a few different dance movements used.
The dance and veil movements are explained quickly in the technique section- if you are a brand new dancer this would not be enough instruction, but she does give good tips on different moves. (I would reccomend this to someone who has done a couple of bellydance videos for fun and already know how to do some moves already.) Then she does a performance of the routine, then step by step choreography.
I give it 4 stars because the veil work does not match the level of the bellydancing- she uses very basic veil work with sort of medium bellydance. for instance, she uses floor work, one-hip figure-8's, and chest figure-8's that most baby dancers won't know, but if they were at that dance level already, they probably would have already learned harder veil moves, so it doesn't quite fit together for me. I am a bit disapointed in the veil work used - i expected more from a DVD called 7 veils, I guess. I also found it distracting that she taught in full costume- it didn't really make it harder to see what she was doing, my eyes just kept getting caught by sparkles coming off her cleavage. :)
That said, its not a bad little video. There are extra sections on how to slap together a home-made costume, how to put on your veils for the choreography, a little bit about different kinds of veil fabric and what you'll need for this DVD, and a little section called "audience interaction" that is basically how to turn this into a playful almost-lap-dance for your Man(or Lady). I found that section pretty cheesy and a little too stripper-y for me, but I'm sure some people are buying this just for that purpose, so that's just my opinion.
There is also a performance piece by Sarah and her troupe of a longer Salome story. I found this a rather strange mix as well in that their costumes looked home-made and Sarah has a very 80's look going on with her lace and headbands (ick!) and she rolls around on the floor during her floor work section i a way that i found a little too much, but parts of it were very avant-garde too- khaleegi in Kimonos? That turn out to have 6 of the 7 deadly sins written on the back? gosh! But overall, i thought it to be performed in the "30yr old cheerleader" style- you know, cute and perky and theatrical, but not much depth beyond their new tummy-tuck. Yeah, that pretty much sums up this DVD for me. it's not bad, it just wasn't enough."
Well, it's okay.
Clara Smith | 02/06/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, she explains things very thoroughly.
Yes, she is quite adorable, asking me if I'm having fun yet.
But when they say "romantic belly dance," they do mean it. I'm not a romantic belly dancer, therefore I didn't care for the "audience interaction part" and some of her floor work. Some of it was nice and appealing, some of it seemed a little goofy.
What I wanted was a lot of veil work and veil tricks. I didn't really get that. I got some things, but not enough. That's why I rate this 3.
If you are a beginner and you like "romantic belly dance," this DVD would probably be good for you. She takes you through things slowly and talks to you like she's one of the Barbies from the Toy Story movies."