Search of the Perfect Belly Dancer’s Library
2 DVD Reviews:
FCBD DVD Steps and Combinations, Vol.7
Fluid Precision Belly Dance DVD
Review by Martha
of the perfect library for a bellydancer I have found these
wonderful elements for the bellydancer in need of fundamentals:
Chance Belly Dance recently released, in honor of their
20th anniversary, Creative Steps and Combinations Vol.7 on DVD. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes long and features fully
demonstrated dance steps along with a brief explanation
of each step’s background. Additionally, it shows an excellent
view on a picture-in-picture format of the dancers’ feet
so that you are looking at Carolina Nericcio demonstrate,
and you are learning from foot movements, an essential
to keep a dancer grounded and well oriented while on stage.
I believe that orienting to one’s feet is to secure a great
have always looked forward to DVDs by FCBD because the
troupe has exquisite taste in music. This DVD, in particular,
with an essential for every Belly dancer: a meditation warm
up stretch. I loved the setting and loved the choreography,
I felt that the music was missing from this warm-up meditation
section. A brief explanation of appropriate posture is given
and 23 very creative steps and combinations are shared throughout
the entire DVD. One might consider it a full out FCBD workshop
experience! They share and fully explain the Wet Dog, Resham-ka,
Water Pot, Sunanda, and Sahra Turn. I appreciated the
detailed explanation on the Layback; it was carefully explained
to prevent injuries.
I found this DVD very necessary for a Belly dancer’s library
because many of the steps we have seen them use in their own
performances. After viewing this DVD, one can identify each
step by name. Also identified are style backgrounds, as
been inspired by Flamenco and Rajastani Indian folk dances.
Information in this DVD is an essential for building one’s
Belly dance vocabulary.
Many Tribal dancers are in need of help to retain a choreography;
and I find that a vocabulary is the answer to memorizing steps.
You will want to add FCBD Vol. 7 to your Belly dance library!
fundamental is a practice DVD: Fluid precision
DVD with Kassar is a perfect follow-through; it is a fully choreographed
warm-up stretch and exceptionally useful for practicing choreographies
at home. Fluid movements are neatly explained in its “Isolation
Section”. Then, they are fluently combined in four dance-along
sections that fit easily into the taqasim sections of numerous
As I practiced
along for a few weeks, I found that this is a DVD that is easy
to play repeatedly and dance with it! As a result of the constant practice,
my dancing became more precise, and I achieved more clear movements
so that steps
in my performance were easier to identify. I found it a little difficult to
follow through on some of the floor work presented because
I wanted to do it as fast
as possible to allow myself time to turn and look at my television screen.
I feel that this is a DVD for practice at an intermediate dance
level rather than
the level of learning the basics of dance. It lends itself more to understanding
how to connect one’s dance steps that are already accomplished in order to
make your dance more fluid (as achieved in their “Performance
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a performance that had the potential to be much more dynamic.
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my notes and give the original drill DVD its due.
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page is a work of art, a truly astonishing array of images. The
content is very inclusive and features all age ranges, body types
and styles. You will see yourself, your best self, in these pages.
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by Temple of Jehan. This is followed by a “body prayer”performed
by a number of women in similar garb. While this segment is graceful
and calming, I found it at the same time somewhat creepy, perhaps
due to the haunting background music and repeating vocals.