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Dynamic Belly Dance: The Joyful Journey of Dancemaking and Performing [Paperback]


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4 May 2007
*Want to save time creating belly dance routines and choreography?

*Want to discover new ideas for improvisational dances?

*Want to have more fun performing in front of audiences?

*Want to make the most of the great steps and belly dance moves you already know?

Whether you know 5 steps or 500 steps, this book is for you!

Learn the secrets of international belly dance stars and be your belly dance best by reading this fabulous new book!

Ramona demystifies the creative process of creating belly dance routines for performance and personal enjoyment inside Dynamic BellyDance. She guides you through the creative process of dancemaking with more than 51 creativity-building exercises. Many examples are included to give you ideas for your own choreography and improvisational dances. You will build your own great dances using movements and steps you already know.

The nuances of energy, style, design elements, musicality, emotional expression, performance psychology and much more are inside Dynamic BellyDance. Ideas and examples are illustrated with many beautiful color and b&w photos.

Plus, you will find information to help you develop and fine-tune your presentation skills to make the new dances you create the very best. Informative tips show you how to refine your technique and master movements which challenge you, taking your dance up to the next level!

This book is helpful for all levels of dancers and belly dance afficionados, from dedicated amateurs through professional instructors and performing artists.

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One of the most challenging aspects of dancing is creating fresh and innovative choreography and improvisations. Dynamic Belly Dance de-mystifies the subject with clear descriptions of proven methods of dancemaking.

Readers in the U.K. will appreciate the inclusion of lovely photographs of U.K. dancers Hilary Thacker and Fereshteh Hosseini. Hilary's Bazaar in Edinburgh is also pictured in Dynamic Belly Dance. This lavishly illustrated book includes many photos of American and international dancers.

Dynamic Belly Dance received critical acclaim from Taqasim Magazine (U.K.), Bellydance News (U.K.), NADA Magazine (U.K.), Huntington News Net (U.S.A.) and Belly Dance, A Raqs Sharqi Magazine (U.S.A.). More info about the book is available on Amazon's U.S.A.

From the Author

When I started writing Dynamic Belly Dance, I set out to produce an illustrated book which would be genuinely helpful in assisting dancers with using the steps and movements they already know in new and innovative ways.

I also wanted to discuss topics which are not always covered in technique classes--such as how dancing slightly ahead of, exactly on, or behind the drumbeat relate to the feelings and impressions a dance evokes, and how this relates to dancing with a live band or recorded music.

One of my goals was to make Dynamic Belly Dance easy to read cover to cover. I want the experience of reading it to be like sitting down with a good friend who explains lots of practical techniques and trade secrets that will help you be the very best dancer you can be.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of inspiration and ideas! 6 Aug 2007
By Sam S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book for any level of belly dancer who wants to create their own improvised and/or choroegraphed dances. Whatever style of Middle Eastern or bellydance you do, you will find that the advice, theory and practical exercises can help you develop your own dance and enhance your performance. The author touches on musical interpretation, presentation, considering the audience, design concepts, individual expression as well as different ways to organize a dance performance. There is so many ideas and excercizes in this 157 page book that it would take me several months, maybe years of practice and experimentation, to exhaust all the concepts.

The writing is clear, friendly and easy to read and the book is peppered with photographs and diagrams. I foundthe book very well organized. The author is very generous in sharing her personal perspective on the subject, and she includes a list of numerous resources the reader can use to further explore the material.

My wish for future material from this author would be a dvd companion to demonstrate some of the concepts and lead me through some of the exercises and a book has certain limitations. In the meantime, IAMED's dvd "Star Power!" with Amaya offers content on a similar subject from a slightly different perspective. I personally find that the two together have really helped increase my confidence and awareness of the performance aspects of this dance.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of information! 13 May 2007
By Mary L. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Both the quality of information plus the excellence of the photos make this book a most valuable addition to any dance performers library. Something for everyone, from instructors to students! Each time I read it, I find more helpful and inspiring information. I have already recommended it to my students.Dynamic Belly Dance, The Joyful Journey of Dancemaking and Performing
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 10 May 2007
By Mrs. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very informative, comprehensive book on the art of bellydancing. The author demonstrates her years of experience dancing by laying out, in easy to read and easy to understand terms, how to build your own choreography and improve your dancing quickly and easily. Her techniques are solid and enhance the performance for the audience as well as the dancer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into coreography and dance making! 17 Sep 2007
By Juan Manuel Cardona - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book that I think is the first in its kind in the realm of belly dance and one that certainly delivers its point of giving you what you really need to go from beginner to real dance-making. It is also gratifying to know that the author is a really accomplished lady that not only is a belly dancer but has scientific and academic training. That made my wife very happy, as she struggles herself into choosing his career (she studied forestry) and belly dance performing and teaching. Now she knows that doing both, and doing them well, is possible.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Belly Dance, The Joyful Journey of Dancemaking and Performing 14 Jun 2007
By Coco I. - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a professional belly dancer and teacher for over twenty-five years. I wish I had had Ramona's book way back in the beginning! This wonderful book explains HOW to become a beautiful,successful,and fulfilled dancer. Bravo, Ramona! It's a MUST BUY!!!
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