Dance Baby DVD
Rating= 2 1/2 zils
In the past few years it seems there has been an explosion of
prenatal belly dance videos and classes. Whereas once we only
had Delilah’s groundbreaking performance video Dance
to the Great Mother and the German instruction video Bellydance
there now seems to be a plethora of choices for both the dancer
who becomes pregnant and the newbie who enters the belly dance
world while pregnant. Kaleila’s Belly Dance Baby DVD is a performance
video that would appeal to both.
In this touchingly
personal video, Kaleila sets out to “inspire other pregnant
women to feel beautiful.” There are four dances:
a Moroccan guedra basket dance, a veil dance, a fire dance
with two handheld candles, and a sword dance. Each piece is
by Kaleila, which keeps the pace lively, and we learn more
about her own story and the meaning of her dances. The music
in the belly dance community, with 3 of the 4 songs by Solace.
The costumes are varied, yet all within the loosely-defined
simple combinations and basic belly dance moves. There is nothing
that will make the experienced dancer
“I have to try THAT!”, but that’s not the point of this video.
The point is to show
what CAN be done and how the body can still move fluidly while
carrying a baby within. And that
accomplish, and with some surprisingly fast dance moves.
On the downside,
I found myself wishing for a bit more depth in the performances
– emotional, spiritual, or just some
sort of connection to the viewer. But, she seemed to dance
it without breaking a sweat, and she must have been working
The video is shot
on location at a Middle Eastern restaurant, with the typical
wall decorations – hung tapestries, pillows
and painted outdoor scenes. While the production value
was good (aside from one piece with not-so-great sound),
of the rooms she dances in did limit the camera angles
and meant Kaleila was unable to perform any traveling
Overall, if I were
pregnant (again), I would want to see this video. It’s a lovely
personal story, and reminds me
can move in all sorts of beautiful soft ways even in the
heights of pregnancy. Congratulations, Kaleila!
I would not recommend
for beginning dancers because the breakdown is minimal
and the instruction is fast-paced.
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other possible viewpoints!
the Big Belly, Bellydance Prenatal Fitness and Dance Instruction
Program DVD review by Erica
The slow pace may seem agonizing for a fit, nonpregnant
dancer and may seem slow during earlier stages of pregnancy,
but as that weight starts adding up and the fatigue returns in
the third trimester, I have a feeling the pace does not seem
Tabu goes to China! by Nanna
should be noted that somewhere between passing the audition and performing,
it was announced
that three out of four dancers in the group (not including myself) were pregnant.
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had already managed to use my definition of my dance form against
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I was now, officially, “Other”.
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had always wanted to do something with Public Access. So, the
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especially, women of color) who are often excluded here in our
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today—and bellydance is a great way to get actively motivated
as well as realize one can feel sexy and beautiful at any size—it
is important to continue to move forward from that acceptance
on the path of improved health and well-being.