How to Bellydance with
DVD Review by Megan
undulations, amis, oh my! If you're looking to learn belly dance
basics in the privacy of your own home, then "How to Belly
Dance with Dondi" is the video that will lead you safely
down the yellow brick road.
is a beautiful, voluptuous woman, who's pleasing voice direction
matches her visual cues in perfect sync.
down several moves in order to give a beginner a basic understanding
of Middle Eastern Dance. These basics include hip bumps, ami's,
figure eights, shimmies and undulations. She also introduces commonly
used vocabulary and appropriate attire for belly dance.
this video is an excellent choice for a virgin belly dancer;
anyone who has been to one or more belly classes might find
this DVD a bit slow or repetitive.
She is a
good teacher, and speaks slowly and clearly to ensure comprehension
of oral directions. She also repeats the moves on each side of
the body to reinforce balance and articulation.
is a gorgeous woman and a very clear instructor, I feel there
are one too many close ups of her during the course of the 55
minute video. During these, she appears to be more of a Texas
Beauty Queen than the mysterious, sensual woman that she is.
interrupts the series of lessons to show a clip of her dancing
freestyle. It makes up for the close-ups, and the beautiful dancing
serves to motivate whoever is watching the video.
was also happy to find that at the end of the video she included
the steps to a choreographed routine. If one wanted to learn
a complete dance, they could easily rewind the DVD and practice
the set over and over.
do recommend Dondi to the dancer who desires a solid foundation
before beginning class. However, if you already know the moves
I previously mentioned; save your money for the real thing, a
teacher you can learn from in person.
DVD is available for purchase here
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