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Product details

  • Actors: Hilary Thacker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 7 July 2003
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009P9KV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,178 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Hilary Thacker presents an advanced instruction programme which can also be viewed simply as a performance.

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The ancient art of oriental dance has a long and colourful history. It began with the many fertility cults of the ancient world, and in the temples of ancient India. The existence of various nomadic groups of professional entertainers, and groups specifically identified with Gypsies, provided for the cross-culturalisation and transmission of these dances. Although regional variations have always existed, the popularity of what is commonly known as "oriental dance" or "belly dance" continues in the modern Middle East and through the world. The survival of this ancient dance despite cultural and moral prejudices is a tribute to the appeal it has to the human spirit as the women (and men) who dance today do so for very practical reasons: because it is enjoyable, it is excellent exercise for muscle-toning and an opportunity for social involvement. In other words, for fitness, fun and friendship.

Hilary Thacker is a renowned professional Egyptian-style "belly dancer" performing and teaching throughout the UK and Middle East. For use in the privacy of your won home, Hilary has designed a unique tutorial that can be used as an advanced instruction video or simply as a performance video to sit back and enjoy. Filmed with live Egyptian music – Haggag Metqal on tabla, Essam El Matrawi on douf and Al Gamal Elsaghir on keyboards – Hilary explores four rhythms – Whada Kebira, Maqsoum, Saaidi and Fellahi, first with the drums alone and then set to music. Also featured are the songs Na’asa and Baladi with taqasim and drum solo and beginners’ finger cymbal instructions.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. T. Bell on 19 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Firstly the video had been put directly on to DVD so there was no menu or any way to navigate through without the fast forward button. The background and lighting were dull and it was hard to see the movements. The dancing would have been good live but was useless as an instructional production. I had expected direction in the way of "now hip drops, now figure eight etc" so that you could dance along. This was not the case - the voice over was commenting rather than instructing.
The section where there was instruction with the zills would have at least been useful to learn but they had dubbed the voice on top of the sound of the cymbals so you could only follow the words and the silent movement of her fingers.
Even if there had been different types of dances, music, costumes etc it would have been fun to watch as a performance DVD but it was visually very similar the whole way through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cybermintz on 5 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
I bought this DVD as I already had a basic belly dancing DVD and I wanted to learn some more advanced moves. What a disappointment! The fact that the dancer's legs were obscured by a skirt and her stomach partly covered by the tassels on her costume made copying her movements difficult. This was not helped by the lack of detailed description of how she was performing the moves. Like the previous reviewer, I found the lack of chapters in the main title to be an inconvenience. The only positive thing that I can find is the instructions on playing the zils, but even that I would only rate as adequate.
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Good for beginners
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