Review - Fabulous Four Yard Veils by Shoshanna
This is a good veil DVD for anyone who would like to learn more veil work. It doesn't cover every possible veil move, but it did give me some new ideas to work with.
The DVD starts out with Shoshanna's dance philosophy, which is something that you don't see often in videos but I think should be encouraged. She also goes over types of veils, which would be useful if you're a brand new veil person. I used this time to do more stretches (since my one of my children has lost my DVD remote control). The warm up are very gentle and include wrist and foot warm ups, which I also think should be encouraged.
The veil techniques are shown and practiced, sometime without the veil for a clearer understanding of the move. Again, not every veil move is described, but she does an excellent job of covering easy and more advanced veil moves. The only thing that I didn't like is the amount of spinning, of which I am not a great fan. There are a couple of moves in this video that will not work well unless you are using a really long veil.
Another portion of the video goes over troubleshooting tips. What a fantastic idea, especially for veil work!
The only other part of the video that I didn't like is the fact that the sections that you will probably watch once are mixed in with the practice drills. I think it would have been better to put the philosophical part, the introduction to veil materials, and the troubleshooting together either at the beginning or the end of the video.
The best part about the video is the structure of the teaching. First, Shoshanna introduces all the moves with some practice, then she does an index of moves. Here she does all of the moves sequentially, then she presents two simple choreographies, once as a practice and once as a performance.
She ends with a solo performance, which is nice, but not really a veil piece. It's more of a bellydance with a few veil accents. I would have liked to see a dance with more veil work, and maybe even showing some veil moves not presented in the previous sections.
Overall, the video is one well worth purchasing. I think between this video and Dolphina's "Goddess Workout: Bellydance With Veils", you would have every veil move that I've ever seen taught.