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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Didn't like9 Feb. 2011
Vicki A. Kurasz
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I was not impressed by this one. It starts with Kami's dance. There was very little Bollywood/Indian movements in it and not good instructions. This type of teaching is "I'll show you the moves and you should just be able to do it".
Moria's section is better she explains the story behind her dance. Her facial expressions don't work for this type of dance though. I have watched a lot of Indian dancing and she just doesn't have it yet. I realize it's a melding of the two types of dance and maybe this is how she wants it to look. But to me it just looks like she's scared or struggling with the facial expressions. FYI - facial expressions are a HUGE part of Indian dance.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing :o(9 Mar. 2011
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I had high hopes for this DVD after going to BDSS's fantastic Bombay Bellywood show and taking some workshops with the performers. Bellywood fusion is so popular in belly dance right now, and I'm very happy that BDSS has addressed this niche with the Bombay Bellywood DVD. But this DVD is just not user friendly in any way!
The DVD says that the choreographies taught by Kami and Moria are "intermediate" level---and they are NOT kidding about that! I realize that the terms "beginner," "intermediate," and "advanced" are all relative depending on one's background, but in my opinion the instruction on this DVD is most definitely advanced level. There really isn't much explanation when it comes to the instructional sections. And, complicating things even further, Moria and Kami both blaze through the teaching sections pretty quickly.
There are so many intricacies and interesting stories behind Bhangra moves and Odissi postures and mudras, and I'm really disappointed that neither performer went into any detail about the origins and proper technique of these subjects. (In fact, the Kami section had ZERO explanation of Bhangra. At least Moria's section of the DVD included an introduction with some explanation about Odissi's origins. The omission of any intro from Kami just feels like a production mistake.)
I can deal with the fact that the choreography on this DVD is hard and that it is taught quickly. After all, it's a DVD: I can fast forward, rewind and practice it as much as I want. But what I cannot seem to get over is the lack of detail regarding Indian dance traditions. One of the things I enjoyed so much about taking a live workshop with Moria is that she is so knowledgeable and passionate about Odissi. When I took her workshop, she gave students hand outs that illustrated the dance postures and mudras. Hearing the explanations for these complex movements and symbols was absolutely fascinating and really helped me appreciate her unique blending of belly dance and Indian culture. I was really hoping that she'd address mudras and posture in detail on this DVD, but it didn't happen. I have been fortunate enough to study *some* Indian dance, but I am not an expert by any means. So when Moria would instruct "OK, do the ____ mudra" and then just move on, I was really confused. (Those times that she refers to a certain mudra by name would have been really good times to include a close up of her hands. But no dice.) I suspect that other belly dancers who have never learned any Indian dance before will be very, very frustrated. Mudras are so specific that I feel like you'd almost have to get on the Internet and Google the hand positions in order to supplement this DVD. Maybe that's what Moria intended since she mentions that she hopes she inspires belly dancers to find gurus, but I just wanted more explanation from her.
If you're already well-versed in Odissi (and how many people in the United States can actually say that?!), then you'll probably enjoy this DVD. But if you've never had instruction in Indian dance before, prepare to be confused.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not for Beginners ...which I like !! Yay!10 July 2011
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Although the title says "Introduction" its not. Ok..well it could be if your new to Indian dance, but its not easy.Indian dance ins't easy . And you need to have a background in Tribal Bellydance. I like the idea of a dvd that's not easy! Most of the dvds out there for dancers are for beginners and I like some that are more challenging. This dvd is fast paced. You need to be quick.. have good memory .. muscle memory; and ofcourse hit the rewind button several time... but that the cool thing of learning from a dvd lol!. Odissi is a very complex dance.... you need time and practice... and devotion... thats what its mostly about! Take your time.. enjoy the process of learning the moves... it probable will take you some sessions. I like this dvd alot !!!