When I started belly dancing 20 years ago, I tried to learn from a book. It is not the easiest way of learning this art! I wish the book I had had then had been more like this one here. With patience and determination, you should be able to follow those instructions, because they are clear in text and photos. I'm a professional teacher and performer of belly dance now, so I can talk with some authority. The section on history is thin, the section on dieting somewhat unrelated, but if you want an instruction book this is the best in the market. So if you can't find belly dance classes locally, and prefer books to videos, or just want that extra input, I do recommend this book.