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  • Actors: TeMPeST
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Strato Stream
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GJ26G6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,761 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For the free spirits and the urban rebels for Beautiful Freaks of every persuasion who revel in the unusual and the unique welcome to an offering of self-expression through dance. Join Tempest a pioneer of Gothic Bellydance in the US to learn steps and combinations based on the vocabulary of bellydance and adapted to look awesome on a club dancefloor.Bellydance is an ancient dance of sensuality body awareness and cultural blending. In the course of its long history it has experienced celebration exaltation rejection and ban. It has been worshipped. It has been damned. It has traveled continent to continent and become infused with the wealth of many cultures. If you are looking for a movement style that is different darkly-exotic and sophisticated yet feels natural and can be easily modified to fit your individual body language dance and clothing style "Belly Dance For Beautiful Freaks" will bring you the dance club experience you are seeking - and may inspire you to delve deeper into the world of creative movement.If you are a dancer interested in Raks Gothique or Gothic Bellydance welcome home. Captured by a camera lens may this be a glimpse of the realm where - across age groups and national borders - we share our vision of Gothic Bellydance as both social and performance dance - the beautiful soul-capturing inspiring art. Enjoy performances by Tempest hear her thoughts on projecting our individuality through dance and reflect on the long path the Beautiful Freaks of the world have traversed to create the dance culture we call our own.Set to amazing Gothic Industrial Dark Cabaret and Dark Ambient music by Collide Skinny Puppy Jill Tracy and Nox Arcana this dance exploration pays no tribute to the rules and rhythms of the mundane world. The Beautiful Freak within will feel the heartbeat that resonates in time with yours. Run Time: 90 minutes!

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hat you will learn most from this marvelous DVD is not so much about bellydance technique, but style. Tempest has a sumptuous, dramatic and elegant style, that also has a whimsical, mischievous side to it...she is both sophisticated and witty in her dancing, and has a sensual grace and beauty in her movements few get to equal. Tempest's arms and hands are exquisite, and she makes a point of emphasizing how important "pretty hands" are and to be aware of the position they are in while dancing. One of the most valuable sections in this DVD, of benefit not only for bellydancers, but for any type of performer, is "Gothic Bellydance Expression Workshop," where Tempest talks about facial expressiveness, how to convey a "deep sense of drama," the type of smile one should use, and much more. One can see she has had a variety of different dance disciplines that have influenced her, especially Spanish flamenco, which she mentions in this section. Contents: #1: A "Welcome," where Tempest among other things discusses footwear (the warm-up is done barefoot, the combinations in both platform heels and a pair of killer boots). #2: A nice warm-up that starts with a breathing exercise and has stretches and isolations. #3: 2 slow combinations (lovely and ideal for a beginning student), and 2 fast combinations, that are more in the "punk/industrial" mode. All 4 are demonstrated and then broken down step-by-step. #4: The "Gothic Bellydance Expression Workshop" mentioned above. #5: 2 fabulous performances, that one can watch again and again and never tire of. The first is one where Tempest looks like a honkey tonk saloon girl with a modern day twist, and the second one has the classic appearance of a woman on a Wedgewood vase. Well produced, the teaching sections of this DVD are presented without a horizon line, so that Tempest floats on a blue background, and the music is always interesting and appropriate. Tempest teaches and performs the "...darker, more dramatic side of bellydance," but also says "The most important thing is to have fun." This DVD will make a unique and wonderful addition to your dance instruction DVD library. --amazon.com (US)

nspired by Tempest's hypnotically beautiful performances in the Gothic Bellydance DVD, I ordered this one. Not only is Tempest a fabulous dancer with great style but she's also an excellent teacher, demonstrating and describing four combinations of goth/bellydance fusion moves with a unique blend of clarity and humor. There's also a series of yoga-inspired warmup exercises, insights into the nature of raks gothique and two enchanting performance pieces at the end. Love it! --amazon.com (US)

This DVD teaches some interesting moves to Goths at heart who need some dancefloor suggestions. When you pop the DVD in the ROM, you see first a young woman, rather homely than beautiful, dressed in black. You may be ready to get unimpressed but "TeMPeST's" appearance is very misleading. First off, she's a brilliant dancer and a very good instructor, and there we go, she's got a sense of humor to kill. This DVD targets those who have some dancefloor experience but don't have a lot of, if any, bellydance skills. Tempest takes 4 combinations, 2 slow and 2 fast, completely breaks them down, providing detailed instruction of all basic moves such as chest slides and hip bumps. I believe that for the purpose of this video, Tempest does a great job, often dropping hints at the right time, all a total beginner would need to show off at the dancefloor. But how about us, advanced bellydancers? Those of us who can shimmy for hours and do complex Raks Sharqi choreographies? When do we do when we go to a party, or a nightclub? This is how the DVD can help us, suggest a couple of good moves we already know that we can use safely, getting the *right* kind of glances. I thoroughly enjoyed this video for several reasons. I really appreciate the way Tempest took time to explain about the "attitude" of gothic bellydance, in other words, educate us how it is different from other styles and what makes it unique. She is totally correct, it is that attitude, or lack of it thereof, that can make freaks look beautiful, or ridiculous. I adore Tempest she is SO FUNNY! I don't think I've ever laughed so hard watching a bellydance lesson! For example when she demonstrates hip circles, she leans in and says, with a very straight face to that, "don't put too much dip in it because there will be too much chest showing... maybe we do, but let's pretend we don't!" IMHO it's a true art-form to crack up smart jokes all the time and amuse people - I don't think I'd be able to say any of that without bursting out in giggles. But isn't that what the gothic subculture is about? Maybe I should have started with this but this DVD may be the worst, or the best, depending on what you consider 'cool'. If you are a goth fan and if you mean to dance in a club with other fans, you would definitely enjoy it. It is so full of insider jokes. Whether of not Tempest's video is good or not is as debatable as to who is a true goth and who's a goth-wannabe. I say, it would appeal to the true goths. To the wannabes it won't. *What I liked about this DVD: 1. Tempest's personality and sense of humor 2. Paisley undulations (first time I see anyone explaining it) 3. Explaining how some moves work in crowded areas and what to be avoided 4. The warmup section - very important not to skip it 5. Clear and sound instruction *What I disliked about the DVD: 1. I would have prefered to see another combination or two suggested even if that meant shortening the 'attitude' part 2. Both performances were OK but I think they were an understatement of Tempest's skills. *You may want to have this DVD if: 1. You hang out at goth clubs and want to learn a few bellydance combinations good for the dancefloor there. Tempest actually takes into consideration the limited space in clubs and the kind of shoes and clothing you may wear. 2. You like new wave/ new age/ gothic, etc contemporary music. 3. You have experience with bellydance but don't know how to apply your knowledge in dance clubs --amazon.com (US)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Lamb on 28 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
This DVD is a very entertaining introduction to some basics of this fusion style. As Tempest says in her explanation of gothic belly dance, it is a mixture of various Middle Eastern dance styles and modern goth club dance styles. The defining characteristic of this style is drama - the passionate, artistic expression of a story and mood in a dark vein.

Tempest takes you through a short warm-up and several combinations, both fast and slow, explaining everything from technique to attitude to "pretty hands". She is easy to follow and the DVD is broken up well so that it is simple to find the exact move you want to practice. The moves she teaches could easily be used in performance or just in dancing at a club. It also features a "workshop" on gothic attitude and performance, and two beautiful performances from Tempest herself.

Throughout the DVD, Tempest makes witty quips which could be off-putting to some, I suppose, but I found they relaxed me and helped me relate to her. Best of all I felt that the camera work and backgrounds did not detract from the experience, which can be rare in dance instruction and performance videos.

I felt that everyone could get something out of this DVD. Belly dancers who want to learn how to darken their performances or just want to know what the black heart and soul of gothic belly dance is will find it helpful, as will people of a goth persuasion who do not have dance experience. Seasoned gothic belly dancers may not get as much from this as it is pitched toward beginners, but they may enjoy Tempest's sense of humour and eloquent explanations of this oft-misunderstood style of dance.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janey on 17 July 2007
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The first thing I thought when I saw this DVD was WOW, something I can do at home to keep fit that will be fun and have some great tracks. I'd read some of the other reviews and was expecting some great querky goth humor.

Ok, if you were lucky enough like myself to be round the rock clubs in the early 90's or earlier, when goth was all sister of mercy, the mission, Fields of the Nephlim, then you know more about this style of dance than the instructor. I understand she was aiming this at people that know nothing about goth bellydancing but it was over simplified, if you watched the demo's you didn't need to watch the instructions. Someone please take her to carnival of souls. The clothes I will admit were nice but I did get the feeling this was more a self promotion video more than anything else.

If you want to learn gothic bellydance I am aware their are some amazing British instructors going around the gyms in the UK at the moment, why not go along or better yet some one go and sign these lovely ladies up to do a goth bellydancing DVD, please.

I'm very dissapointed with the dvd, I had such high hopes
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tullulah sanchez on 5 Feb. 2008
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Right, as someone who has been interested in this kind of dancing since I was a kid I thought I'm going to buy a couple of DVDs of different styles so I can perfect my technique, get some professional guidance to tighten it all up!

The key word in that paragraph is'professional'!

I think this DVD shows you don't have to have a clue about something to sell a DVD on it!

This woman is terrible!!!

Her technique is terrible! She can't dance, she cant do the moves and shes not a very good teacher!

Belly dance and other similar forms should be just that dancing from your belly!!! Its supposed to look like your hips are not attached to our body and can move all by themselves, like they are being pulled rather than you pushing them around! This woman has no flow, no grace and is about as fluid as a rock!

Save your money a watch Shakira videos on youtube instead of buying this!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 22 Oct. 2007
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What you will learn most from this marvelous DVD is not so much about bellydance technique, but style. Tempest has a sumptuous, dramatic and elegant style, that also has a whimsical, mischievous side to it...she is both sophisticated and witty in her dancing, and has a sensual grace and beauty in her movements few get to equal. Tempest's arms and hands are exquisite, and she makes a point of emphasizing how important "pretty hands" are and to be aware of the position they are in while dancing.

One of the most valuable sections in this DVD, of benefit not only for bellydancers, but for any type of performer, is "Gothic Bellydance Expression Workshop," where Tempest talks about facial expressiveness, how to convey a "deep sense of drama," the type of smile one should use, and much more. One can see she has had a variety of different dance disciplines that have influenced her, especially Spanish flamenco, which she mentions in this section.

Contents: #1: A "Welcome," where Tempest among other things discusses footwear (the warm-up is done barefoot, the combinations in both platform heels and a pair of killer boots). #2: A nice warm-up that starts with a breathing exercise and has stretches and isolations. #3: 2 slow combinations (lovely and ideal for a beginning student), and 2 fast combinations, that are more in the "punk/industrial" mode. All 4 are demonstrated and then broken down step-by-step. #4: The "Gothic Bellydance Expression Workshop" mentioned above. #5: 2 fabulous performances, that one can watch again and again and never tire of. The first is one where Tempest looks like a honkey tonk saloon girl with a modern day twist, and the second one has the classic appearance of a woman on a Wedgewood vase.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Cool, cool, cool 4 Aug. 2007
By Eden Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
After watching Ansuya's Hot Combinations DVD, my exact words were, "Hot, Hot, Hot!". Unlike her and just like her is Tempest. She's simply cool. So cool.

A friend of mine and I share our collections of DVDs as we have the same taste but this one I got as a freebie from her, at a bottom of a plastic bag. "Sell it for me or just take it, whatever" she rolled her eyes when I took it in my hands. I had a feeling about it though and I wanted to give it a shot chance, so I did. It was great.

The title does leave some space for speculation. At first, incorrectly, I thought it referred to the type I call Snowhite's-stepmother (no one's prettier than me...). In fact it teaches some interesting moves to goths at heart who need some dancefloor suggestions.

When you pop the DVD in the ROM, you see first a young woman, rather homely than beautiful, dressed in black. You may be ready to get unimpressed but Tempest's appearance is very misleading. First off, she's a brilliant dancer and a very good instructor, and there we go, she's got a sense of humor to kill.

This DVD targets those who have some dancefloor experience but don't have a lot of, if any, bellydance skills. Tempest takes 4 combinations, 2 slow and 2 fast, completely breaks them down, providing detailed instruction of all basic moves such as chest slides and hip bumps. I believe that for the purpose of this video, Tempest does a great job, often dropping hints at the right time, all a total beginner would need to show off at the dancefloor. But how about us, advanced bellydancers? Those of us who can shimmy for hours and do complex Raks Sharqi choreographies? When do we do when we go to a party, or a nightclub? This is how the DVD can help us, suggest a couple of good moves we already know that we can use safely, getting the *right* kind of glances.

I thoroughly enjoyed this video for several reasons. I really appreciate the way Tempest took time to explain about the "attitude" of gothic bellydance, in other words, educate us how it is different from other styles and what makes it unique. She is totally correct, it is that attitude, or lack of it thereof, that can make freaks look beautiful, or ridiculous. I adore Tempest she is SO FUNNY! I don't think I've ever laughed so hard watching a bellydance lesson! For example when she demonstrates hip circles, she leans in and says, with a very straight face to that, "don't put too much dip in it because there will be too much chest showing... maybe we do, but let's pretend we don't!" IMHO it's a true art-form to crack up smart jokes all the time and amuse people - I don't think I'd be able to say any of that without bursting out in giggles. But isn't that what the gothic subculture is about?

Maybe I should have started with this but this DVD may be the worst, or the best, depending on what you consider 'cool'. If you are a goth fan and if you mean to dance in a club with other fans, you would definitely enjoy it. It is so full of insider jokes. Whether of not Tempest's video is good or not is as debatable as to who is a true goth and who's a goth-wannabe. I say, it would appeal to the true goths. To the wannabes it won't.

*What I liked about this DVD:
1. Tempest's personality and sense of humor
2. Paisley undulations (first time I see anyone explaining it)
3. Explaining how some moves work in crowded areas and what to be avoided
4. The warmup section - very important not to skip it
5. Clear and sound instruction

*What I disliked about the DVD:
1. I would have prefered to see another combination or two suggested even if that meant shortening the 'attitude' part
2. Both performances were OK but I think they were an understatement of Tempest's skills.

*You may want to have this DVD if:
1. You hang out at goth clubs and want to learn a few bellydance combinations good for the dancefloor there. Tempest actually takes into consideration the limited space in clubs and the kind of shoes and clothing you may wear.
2. You like new wave/ new age/ gothic, etc contemporary music.
3. You have experience with bellydance but don't know how to apply your knowledge in dance clubs
4. You appreciate a good joke being told with a straight face

*You should better skip this DVD if:
1. You don't plan to apply your bellydance knowledge in nightclubs
2. Gothic bellydance is just not you
3. You want/need a DVD teaching you a wide variety of moves
4. You hate drama and anyone who has anything to do with that

Depending on your taste in music and dance, you may like, or hate this video. My friend didn't care for it, I love it. Whether you will or not totally depends on your definition of a "beautiful freak".
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Sensual, fun, and totally dripping with cool 30 Sept. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
When I got Beautiful Freaks, I really didn't know what to expect. But about an hour later I'd pulled out my high-heeled boots, worn one of my more rebellious skirts, put on my best Kill Bill look, and was dancing to Collide's Halo (acquired at top speed online). Blame it on Tempest.

I don't know whether this is what belly dancing is supposed to be or whether this is true to the gothic culture or not. But it's so much fun dancing this way, I don't really care.

No point re-describing this video since anyone who's interested will find enough information on it at the World Dance New York website. Also photographs that give you a very good idea of the mood of this dancing. I'll focus instead on what I think of it. It's funky, dramatic, sophisticated, and sensual. Very sensual. I particularly love the slow combinations and the song they're set to (though you could do these to any other music you think fits). I also love the way you can do these anywhere. These are made up of temple arms, chest circles, hip circles, figure 8s and undulations. Tempest doesn't go into as much detail as you'd find on a full fledged belly dance dvd, but if you're aiming to just have a bit of fun and turn heads on the dance floor, that's just fine. She does give safety and technique tips as she goes along. For these combinations,s she wears a black dress I'd kill to get.

I see this being quite easy to do on a crowded dance floor - except you might put a halt to everyone else's dancing as they turn to look. Which is fine with me. The fast combinations are more funky and freaky with some hip work. On the video the fast and slow combos are done in different costumes, but that doesn't mean you can't combine them while dancing to a piece of music that has both slow and fast bits.

If you've never danced before, follow Tempest through a warm up (unless you're very keen on dance injuries), then go on to the combinations. Also listen to what Tempest has to say about gothic belly dance because... well, because she's very, very cool and funny.

As a passionate dance hobbyist (latin, jazz, belly dance) and owner of 46 belly dance videos, I'd have to warn you that you won't find as much detail on belly dance as you'd find on a full-fledged belly dance isolations and basics instructional dvd. I don't think that's what this video is intended for.

I'm tempted to shave off a point because I find the combinations too few. But to someone who hasn't belly danced before, anything more would probably be intimidating. So would a lot of information about timing, transitions and muscles. A small annoyance is that the Step by Step section and the About the Combinations lead to the same parts.

Anything that ventures into uncharted territory has the thumbs up from me, and this one is definitely a unique video. For a new dancer it'll give a quick bit of funk and style with moves that can be done on the dance floor any time--doesn't matter if it's not dead serious isolation-based movement. For the seasoned dancer it sets a nice mood and gives ideas on doing more with the combinations you already know in this style. For both, it's fun, and so well-made. For me--it gives me that it's-go-good-to-be-bad feeling that I love.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Belly dancers, save your money 13 Aug. 2007
By Robyn Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I like Raks Gothique (Gothic Bellydance) and enjoy Tempest's website of the same name so I was looking forward to getting this video and studying her technique. I was, however, extremely disappointed with the DVD. As a Middle Eastern dancer and teacher for the past 25 years, I was appalled to see how badly the movements were broken down. In several cases, I'm not sure that Tempest herself really knew what movement she was trying to teach. For example, is the "Paisley" supposed to be a ribcage Figure 8 with one loop larger than the other or is it supposed to be an undulation to the side combined with a quarter turn to the front (a move favored by many tribal dancers)?
Tempest doesn't appear to have mastered these moves yet either. Her execution of the steps is often sloppy or awkward. A shoulder shimmy with locks or pauses, for example, should be sharp, not jerky and the arms should remain high, not drop to the waist. Likewise, hip circles should not be made so large that they rocket out of control and the hands should be energized even when they are in a down position.
Beginning Middle Eastern dancers looking to study Gothic bellydance will either be frustrated or pick up bad habits. Intermediate and advanced dancers will be disappointed. Apart from being badly done, the steps show are not particularly challenging and there is not enough demonstration of the "Gothic style", in my opinion, for anyone looking to take style tips away from this DVD.
Overall, Tempest strikes me as an intermediate dancer who began teaching before she was really ready to do so. Bottom line: save your money and don't buy this DVD.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Fabulous! 23 Sept. 2006
By Catresea Ann Canivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Inspired by Tempest's hypnotically beautiful performances in the Gothic Bellydance DVD, I ordered this one. Not only is Tempest a fabulous dancer with great style but she's also an excellent teacher, demonstrating and describing four combinations of goth/bellydance fusion moves with a unique blend of clarity and humor. There's also a series of yoga-inspired warmup exercises, insights into the nature of raks gothique and two enchanting performance pieces at the end. Love it!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Easy to understand and fun to watch 16 Jan. 2007
By Jynanntonnyx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I like Tempest and I want to meet her someday. I like how this video is presented, she first shows you how to incorporate bellydance moves onto your standatd goth club dance floor, but you can also use this part to make your bellydance more goth. She explains things in a clear and easy to understand manner, and her outfits are amazing!

I did have one bit about the Expression Workshop, she is a little too "candid" in a couple places, and tends to overexplain. ("porn face"). But I suppose the target audience for this video is of the more open-minded set (not many prissy grandmas and soccer moms) so it's not a huge deal. It's a good thing to include though, and Tempest makes a good point that Goth BD is NOT the same as Cabaret or Tribal; IMO, it's as different from each of those as they are from each other.

And of course, her performances at the end are great to watch!
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