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Two Pop & Lock Fusion DVDs Reviewed

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by Sarah Schneider Koning
posted December 19, 2011

I’d like to preface this review with my thoughts on good fusion. I’m no stranger to Tribal and so many of its varied "fusions", as I’ve watched the style change, grow and define itself for the past 17 years. I’ve seen some very groundbreaking, mindblowing blends of belly dance with modern, hip hop and world dances. But more often than not, I see dancers in an easily definable costume, dancing to easily definable music, without stylized movement. I believe it takes a balance of all three elements to achieve good fusion, with stylized movement being the strongest ingredient in any form of dance. With this in mind, I think both DVDs subject to this review cover two sides of the same coin and are valuable to the student looking to fuse Belly Dance with Pop and Lock, depending on their level of training.

Side one of the coin: You are looking for a BELLY DANCE style with Pop and Lock undertones…

Aradia's Industrial DVDIndustrial Elements Vol. 1: Industrial BellyDance
– A Complete Introduction with Aradia

Run Time: 90 minutes

This instructional DVD focuses primarily on teaching Pop and Lock technique layered into Belly Dance, though does not specifically label itself as Tribal style. It begins by breaking down popping, ticking and locking and proceeds to demonstrate combos utilizing these foundational moves. There are ample sections of practice for each move and combo, allowing the student to grasp the material before moving on. The DVD culminates in a performance by Aradia, demonstrating strong belly dance style with the harder edges of Pop and Lock blending in nicely. This DVD encourages the viewer to warm up prior to participating, as there is not a warm up or conditioning segment. Warning: If you are purely attracted to this DVD by the title, prepare to be disappointed. This recovering Goth kid didn’t sense even a touch of the edgy, abrasive aesthetic of Industrial. However, if you are a beginning-intermediate belly dancer, looking for a smooth introduction to Belly Dance/Pop and Lock fusion, this is a great place to start!

Production Quality: Fair. Studio background is cluttered with advertising banners and performance content is shot on equipment of lesser quality. As an added bonus, there is an insert listing and explaining each move, which I found pretty handy.

Music: Great music choices, easy on dark ears, though not Industrial.

Overall Rating: Three Zils
3 zil rating

 The other side of the coin: You are looking for a POP AND LOCK style with Belly Dance undertones…

Fayzah does AndroidAndroid Goddess: Tribal Fusion Belly Dance;
Robotic movement, waving and popping styles with Fayzah

Run Time: 140 minutes

This DVD definitely covers a lot of ground within its two hours and twenty minutes. It begins with a thorough warm up and intense yoga/pilates workout for conditioning. Most of the content of this DVD focuses on break down of robot style Pop and Lock, demonstrating and explaining isolation, separation, hits, pauses, stops and myriad other moves. Talk-throughs are not rushed; Fayzah takes her time demonstrating each concept clearly and expertly. It did take over an hour to actually touch on any sort of belly dance and the segment focusing on Tribal stylization is short compared to the Pop and Lock content. If the student already has a strong background in Tribal style belly dance, this video could be the next step forward in expanding their fusion repertoire.

Production Quality: very clean and professional, with strong attention to detail in instruction, performance and costuming.

Music: Funky retro style for ‘botting, not much belly dance influence until the later chapters.

Overall Rating: 4 Zils
Zil Rating- 4

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