Basics and Beyond.
for a solid foundation with Jenna
DVD Review by Monet
a reviewer you critique things as they come to you and as
you see them at that time. My past reviews have been honest
and objective. After reviewing this DVD I find it hard to
compare this instructional DVD to most I have seen in the past.
does one compare a nearly 2 ˝ hour video to a 40-minute video?
You simply cannot. It would not be fair to do so.
knows what another instructor would have produced given the same
time. Is a teacher responsible for the quality they put
forth? Absolutely. But we all know it is far more
costly to produce a 2 ˝ hour DVD than a 40-50 minute one.
So finances of course become a factor for someone developing an
instructional DVD. I stand by my previous reviews regardless.
index – wow! At first glance I believe this is going
to be a thorough video and indeed it is.
begin with posture. This wonderful section focuses on elongating
and attention to lines. Warm up could honestly pass for
a “light” workout on its own. I am pleased to see such a
thorough warm up section.
breakdown section is simply HUGE. Jenna breaks down isolations
so clearly that they are both easy to understand and follow.
Compound moves begin with a very basic movement then build up
to a layered or compound movement. She goes over many different
moves. Footwork lays the foundation for layering each movement
with traveling steps. Jenna starts with very basic feet then moves
onto challenging traveling steps.
practice combos are truly fantastic. Drills and combinations
offer several different practice sessions. You have the
option of music only or music and instruction. Once you
get familiar with the movements you can opt to dive in without
instruction. A cool down is also included.
performs at the end with four students. The performance
is in the dance studio and is very informal.
is probably one of the best and most complete beginner instructional
DVD that I have seen in a while.
is more for a true student of belly dance as opposed to someone
who is looking for an exercise video. The video is well
done and the vocals and music are clear. Jenna is filmed
from many different angles so you can always see her feet and
whole-heartedly recommend this DVD. This would make an excellent
supplement for any beginner student who takes weekly class and
wants more practice. Definitely worth the money
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With his shaved head tied up in a bandanna, with a burly
torso, powerful legs, and a thick neck, he looks more like a biker,
a bouncer, or a circus strongman. Thus, his grace and posture
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