The Fantasy Belly Dance instructional series consists of 3 DVDs: Each program teaches 3 dances by 3 instructors. Dance styles presented range from classic belly dance to Fusion, Tribal, and Gothic. The instructional level of all three DVDs is intermediate-advanced.
Each choreography conjures up an evocative archetypal image, and emphasizes story-telling through dance. In addition to a full breakdown of every choreography, each segment includes a demonstration of each dance, as well as a full theater performance in costume.
Additional features enrich each instructor's section, such as tips on props use (hand veils, sword, Isis wings), conditioning for dance, expression and projection, developing meaningful dance, creating sacred space for dance, the value of dance as a personal ritual, and more.)
Instruction includes step-by-step breakdown of each dance and practice with music (or music and vocal prompts) for each combination.
1. FANTASY BELLY DANCE: MYSTERY - Transformation, secret realms, illusive mystery with a dark edge.
Dance 1: Serpent (Neon)
Dance 2: Shadow - Tribal Fusion (Sera)
Dance 3: Phoenix (Wings of Isis) (Ayshe)
2. FANTASY BELLY DANCE: DESIRE - Sensuality, passion, enticement, goddess.
Dance 1: Nymph (Blanca)
Dance 2: Salome - Tribal Fusion (Naraya)
Dance 3: Temple Priestess - Tribal Fusion (Darshan)
3. FANTASY BELLY DANCE: MAGIC - Regal presence, secret knowledge, powerful spell.
Dance 1: Enchantress - (Autumn Ward)
Dance 2: Warrior Princess (sword) - (Isidora Bushkovski)
Dance 3: Kali /Creator-Destroyer- Tribal Fusion / Gothic (Ariellah)
The Best of the Best, Vol. 1... By Alejandra Vernon, artist and illustrator, (Long Beach, California) - (TOP 50 REVIEWER) (COMMUNITY FORUM 04) One of 3 fantastic DVDs for advanced/intermediate dance students, this one is entitled "Mystery," and the instructors are masters in the art of belly dance. All 3 choreographic pieces are unique and whether you're learning the intricate, marvelous choreography, or just reveling in the intense beauty of the performances, this DVD is worth its weight in gold. It is wonderfully produced, with excellent lighting and backgrounds, as well as lovely costuming and music.
The first piece is "Serpent" by Neon. My admiration for Neon knows no bounds. Her technical skill, her grace and beauty, and her sheer intelligence and know-how in all aspects of belly dance and its production are amazing. Here in "Serpent" she looks like an exotic jungle flower undulating in the breeze, wearing a costume that seems as if it was created by nature.
The second piece is "Shadow" by Sera. Sera is stunning in this dance, with isolation movements that are executed to such perfection one almost thinks one is looking at time-lapse photography. This is an incredible piece of choreography, and a privilege to be able to learn it from such an expert dancer. You'll need a lot of patience with yourself though! Don't expect to look exactly like Sera even after a ton of practice! She is downright magnificent.
The third piece is "Phoenix" by Ayshe. This is a "Wings of Isis" piece with all is shimmering, glamorous magic. If you're using "wings" you'll love Ayshe's tips on how to make them work for maximum effect, and the choreography in this piece is meant to tell the story of the rising Phoenix and has a few props that Ayshe explains too. It's a beautiful work and a delight to watch.
This is a superb DVD, with a total running time of 2 hours, a wealth of instruction, and a feast for the eyes for anyone who appreciates the art of belly dance. --amazon.com (US)