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Monday, January 26th, 2009
4:20 pm
[gardenfey]
DVD review - LEYLA JOUVANA
I just tried out the "Learn 21 Shimmies and 1001 Variations" DVD by Leyla Jouvana from the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED). I've got to say this to start- this is a tough one to get through! It's 135 minutes long, and there are some intense sections.

Hoever, after watching this video, my knowledge of shimmies has quatrupled. Layla does a great job with explaining shimmies, how they relate to the beat time, and how layered movements relate to each other. Leyla herself seems like a very down to earth person.

I now finally understand how the 3/4 shimmy, the "down-and-down" shimmy (a term from my first instructor's instructor), and the "up-down-slide" shimmy relate to each other and why they look similar. And who would have guessed that you can turn a pelvis circle into a shimmy if you do it fast enough?

There were only two things that I didn't like about this video: There were too many moves from other dancing traditions, and Layla was not always consistent about doing non-symmetrical moves on both sides. There were some definite moves that I would not use in bellydance (unless you're going for a fusion style), like the Afro style shimmy or the hand shimmy (used in Flamenco, according to Leyla. To me, it looked like she forgot her tambourine!).

I would recommend this video for anyone who is interested in improving their shimmies. Even if you can't keep up full speed all the time, this video is good practice. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to try doing shoulder shimmies with snake arms without looking like a dork. :)
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
10:55 am
[gardenfey]
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.
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
9:24 pm
[gardenfey]
Favorite videos
Does anyone have a favorite bellydance workout video? I'm fond of Amira Mor's style and I love Temple of Jehan.

I enjoy when videos combine bellydancing and other exercises like yoga. Ariellah's Contemporary Bellydance & Yoga Conditioning is a tough one!
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
6:31 pm
[gardenfey]
Favorites of 2007
These can be videos published before 2007, and long as they were your favorite this year.

Poll #1138090 Favorites of 2007

What is your favorite instructional bellydance video of 2007? Please vote for up to three

Tamalyn Dallal, Serious Bellydance
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Sacred Bellydance - Jehan
0(0.0%)
Layali Zaman - Hadia
0(0.0%)
Secrets of the Stage - Michelle Joyce
0(0.0%)
Bellydance Nightclub - Yasmina Ramzy
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Bedouin Tribal Dance - Serena Ramzy
0(0.0%)
Contemporary Bellydance and Yoga Conditioning with Ariellah
0(0.0%)
Sensual Bellydance ~ Blanca
1(33.3%)
Pop, Lock & Shimmy: Drum Solo Technique & Choreography ~ Michelle Joyce
0(0.0%)
Fluid Precision - Contemporary Tribal Bellydance
0(0.0%)
Taktaba 2 & 3 - Nadira Jamal
0(0.0%)
Turquoise International presents Ragia Hassan: 1996 Grand Tour of
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Bellydance Vol. 2: Saida y Mario Kirlis Instruction
0(0.0%)
Bellydance: East Coast Tribal - Basics, Combinations & Strength Workout DVD
0(0.0%)
Zahra Zuhair's Advanced Oriental Dance Class
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Favorite instructional bellydance video of 2007 not listed above

What is your favorite performance bellydance video of 2007? Please vote for up to three

By Dancers For Dancers Vol 1 - Cheeky Girls Productions
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By Dancers For Dancers Vol 2 - Cheeky Girls Productions
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The 8th Annual Oriental Dance Gala - Nourhan Sharif
1(50.0%)
Gothic Bellydance Revelations (WDNY)
0(0.0%)
The Legends of Belly Dance (1947 - 1976)
0(0.0%)
Fifi Abdo "The Egyptian Star"
0(0.0%)
The Fabulous Samia Gamal
0(0.0%)
On Fire! The Hottest Bellydance DVD ever
0(0.0%)
Temptation of Belly Dance
0(0.0%)
Tribal Fusions: The Exotic Art of Tribal Bellydance
0(0.0%)

Favorite performance bellydance video of 2007 not listed above

Favorite Films and Documentaries of 2007? Please vote for up to three

Afrita Hanem
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Shore of Love
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40 Days and 1001 Nights, by Tamalyn Dallal
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The Bellydancers of Cairo
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Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt
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I Love You, with Farid Al Atrache & Samia Gamal
0(0.0%)
Mrs. Ghost, with Farid Al Atrache & Samia Gamal
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Favorite bellydance Films and Documentaries of 2007 not listed above

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