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Love Potion: The Bellydance Workout, with Neon: Belly dance fitness class, Beginner belly dance instruction [DVD] [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]

Neon , Sarah Skinner , Neon    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Neon, Sarah Skinner, Blanca
  • Directors: Neon
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TZ70DU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,755 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Product Description

The Love Potion Bellydance Workout combines dance fitness with dance instruction. The program consists of three sections: The Love Potion Workout - 40 min. Practice Flow for beginners - 50 min. Tutorial section for beginners - 50 min.

Love Potion is a muscle-conditioning and sculpting workout made of 100% belly dance steps and designed to give you a true dance experience through sequences of real dance combinations set to rich, evocative music. It is a non-stop movement program: The step-by-step technique instruction is offered in a separate 50-minute Tutorial section. Exploring all major areas of the belly dance vocabulary, the Love Potion dance movement combinations are introduced gradually; each section of the workout adds new material and builds on the steps and combinations featured in previous sections.

Love Potion is choreographed to express the music as real dance. It teaches real dance skills, never sacrificing the artistic and expressive nature of belly dance movement. The technique instruction and practice woven into the workout will benefit dancers of all levels. You will work through all types of coordination and muscle control used in belly dance and practice the techniques that create the look of depth and connectedness in dance movement.

A Tutorial section explains the mechanics of every move: You will learn the core belly dance vocabulary, and develop beautiful form, muscle control and precise technique. Each step is explained in detail, and followed by an option to practice it with music in the corresponding section from the Practice Flow at first a slow and then a faster tempo.

The Practice Flow is a separate beginner-level program that introduces and drills each bellydance step and all the major Love Potion combinations. This section features 50-minutes of non-stop dance practice. It moves at a slower pace than the Love Potion workout and offers more repetitions of individual moves before developing them into combinations.

As a fitness program Love Potion will help define and elongate the muscles of your abs, thighs, and hips, strengthen the muscles of your upper and lower back, increase your flexibility and the fluidity of your dance and regular daily movement. This program pays special attention to the muscle groups responsible for giving you a confident, graceful carriage. It will stretch, release and strengthen your muscles providing a good base for healthy and graceful posture - both in dance and in your everyday life.

The Love Potion workout and the Practice Flow have 2 soundtrack options:

*with voice cues
*with music only.

The last section of the workout extends the Love Potion combinations into a choreographed dance. Enjoy the Love Potion!

Review

5.0 out of 5 stars - entrancing! May 31, 2009, By Seir

World Dance New York returns with this enchanting Love Potion dance instructional/workout program. If you are a fan of Luscious: The Bellydance Workout you will absolutely love this program! Beautiful 100% belly dance moves layered on triple steps on releve, grapevines and beautiful turns, rocking steps, all a bit more challenging! This program options offer voice cues or music only and is about two hours and a twenty minutes total.

The selections are:

The Love Potion Workout-40 minutes, practice flow for beginners-50 minutes, and tutorial-50 minutes.

You will definitely feel the work out as you shift from grapevines to releves, and hip movement. Best of all you will increase in dance vocabulary and learn posture, isolation, arms frames, a huge variety of hip movement, and traveling steps. From beginner to intermediate student, the tutorial and practice section allows most to follow along very well.

Neon instructs the key elements in the dance structure section; the purpose of slower dance movement allowing the muscles to get a longer work out, the technique of isolation, body posture, stylized movement in contrast to everyday life movement. Dancing can help alleviate the symptoms of sedentary lifestyle by elongating muscles and fixing improper posture. Each segment below focuses on upper and lower body basics focusing on circles, undulations, shimmies, hip movement and traveling steps, working every muscle group. Once past the welcome section, prepare to be taken in by beautiful music, choreography and dancers of course! Neon, Sarah, and Blanca lead you into the following trajectories of The Love Potion workout: (The combos are broken down quite simply with footwork, arms patterns, hipwork added gradually and repeated.

Eternal Feminine- a rotations workout, grapevine, hip accents.

Mystery-pelvic circles, hip pushes, chest lifts and circles,hip infinity loops.

Desire-horizontal infinity loops, undulations, triplet steps, and yet more hip accents.

Creative Flame- emphasis on hip work, lifts drops

Free Spirit-emphasis on shimmies, shoulder and vertical hips and 3/4 up and down shimmies.

Priestess- a beautiful dance flow emphasizing grace, body alignment, coordination, and fluidity

Goddess-beautiful sways, turns, hip work, all combined in a dancer's prayer flow.

Each segment offers much variety using organic belly dance moves. When combined differently, these work different muscle groups as a fantastic workout. The tutorial section and practice flow are superbly defined with extensive vocabulary for dancers of all levels making this one of the best dance instructional videos I have reviewed. Neon is a thorough and precise instructor as you will see in the tutorial and practice flow segment. I especially commend the footwork section so well broken down, beautifully narrated, carefully guiding into proper posture and framing! Arms patterns added are beautiful decorations to the hip movement and traveling steps.

The music is spell-binding with several selections from DJZen, Hossam Ramzy and others. The stage backdrop is soft and soothing to the eye. If you are new to belly dance or have loved it for a spell, the Love Potion program will simply mesmerize you! --amazon.com (US)

5.0 out of 5 stars - Awesome!, June 9, 2009 By K. Smith, Belly Dansah This is a wonderful DVD! I love the beautiful and creative combos and the quality of the DVD is very very good! These women are very skilled and talented dancers. The instructional section is very informative and clear. I like how she really explains and drills the movements and adding modififation options. This is my new fav DVD. I hope to take a class with these ladies someday! ps whatever you do...purchase this DVD. You don't have to think twice about it. You will b --amazon.com (US)

5.0 out of 5 stars - Awesome!, June 9, 2009 By K. Smith, Belly Dansah This is a wonderful DVD! I love the beautiful and creative combos and the quality of the DVD is very very good! These women are very skilled and talented dancers. The instructional section is very informative and clear. I like how she really explains and drills the movements and adding modififation options. This is my new fav DVD. I hope to take a class with these ladies someday! ps whatever you do...purchase this DVD. You don't have to think twice about it. You will be satisfied! --amazon.com (US)

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for All Levels - October 5, 2009 By Alejandra Vernon artist & illustrator, (Long Beach, California) (TOP 50 REVIEWER)(COMMUNITY FORUM 04) When you first see the 3 goddesses who star in this DVD, dancing with beauty, grace and skill, you know you've come to the right place, to learn as well as be inspired. The DVD starts with a welcome from Neon, who talks about how absolute beginners can benefit from this instruction, but so can dancers at all levels, and how belly dance strengthens your muscles and helps you to become more flexible, something our bodies need desperately in our sit in the car...the office...on the sofa lifestyle. This really applies to those of us in our golden years, and belly dance can be the most enjoyable and satisfying form of exercise we can do.

There are 2 tutorials on this DVD that are wonderful, and break down each movement and its technique. These sections are excellent for beginners, and also for more advanced students who want to refine their style and skill. The Love Potion Workout section is the one that makes this one of my most favorite instruction DVDs that I own. It is non-stop dancing, with each instructor taking turns with a segment that has a theme: Eternal Feminine, with Neon, Mystery, with Blanca, Seductress, with Sarah Skinner, etc., for 40 marvelous minutes. It's a superb way to practice the movements and as exercise it is fun as well as efficient. There is also the option to play it with voice-over instruction, or just music.

Extremely well produced, planned, and executed, this DVD is a 5 star winner. The music also adds to what makes it so good, and includes selections by DJ Zen, Phil Thornton and Hossan Ramzy, Giacomo Biondi, and Raul Ferrando. Neon, Blanca and Sarah are an exquisite trio to watch and learn from, and appreciate the art of belly dance. --amazon.com (US)



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good dvd 29 Mar 2011
As a beginner to bellydance this was an excellent choice of dvd. It has clear instructions at the beginning to follow before doing the routine. I thought the bellydance moves were good and you feel like you get a good workout too. The only downside I found was that by the time you watch the tutorial bit you have forgotten the instructions when you start the workout! However apart from the that it is a good buy
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3.0 out of 5 stars All in all good dvd 8 May 2014
Love Potion is a nice dvd to workout through belly dancing steps, but since I have other dvds from Neon and Sarah Sikinner, I must say that the others are a bit better. Also, the same dancers have launched another dvd named Luscious layers where one can see almost the same steps, so I didn't get so enthusiastic with this one. Although it is a nice dvd, well made with separated sections including a section to explain the moves (made for beginners) and another to practice (if you are intermediate or don't get some moves).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good dvd 24 Aug 2011
By mandy
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This is a good dvd but not for me only because of the style I prefer Tribal style belly dance when I bought this I wasnt shore which style suited me best ..But this is still a great dvd if you like this style it again is not for beginners you have to have exsperence of the dance as it moves quite fast from move to move ..
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bellydance Workout/practice session for experienced dancers 18 Jun 2009
By Shannon B Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Potion from World Dance New York is the unofficial sequel to Luscious, a previous entry into the bellydance fitness market with the same instructors: Neon, Blanca and Sarah Skinner. Using American bellydance technique, they put together a drill session and workout. In addition to drilling the movements, the instructors make note of head angles, posture, and grace - the little details that make the dancer. As always, beautiful and flattering costumes are worn by the three instructors, varying by each section, and each of them trade off leading. The DVD is split into 7 different sections, each with a different inspiring name such as "Creative Flame" or "Goddess". There is a feel-good element to the DVD as well, little mantras uttered at the beginning of each section about loving yourself, talking about how shimmies give us joy. So, if you need a bit of a psychological boost, this DVD may just give you one. If not, these sentiments easily fade into the background.

It is more advanced than Luscious, as few movements are drilled consecutively and everything is mapped quickly into a combination. The viewer is expected to pick up on the combinations quickly and follow them, which is the reason why this is more of an intermediate/advanced DVD. There is, however, a beginner's practice flow, which goes through each of the sequences slower. I actually consider this to be a good thing, as the DVD will keep me entertained even if I repeat it over and over, which as a fitness DVD, I intend to do.

The movements themselves are not advanced - ranging from smooth moves like pelvic circles and infinity loops to hip accents and shimmies. You will get a core workout if you are utilizing proper posture, maintaining your core, and - as my teacher says - squeezing your princess. After the 40 minutes, I'm actually feeling it! For the cardio aspect, it's hard to gauge, since I'm 8 months pregnant and we don't seem to have the air conditioning on. I was sweating, but I don't know if the average person would. You might even see it as a "interval" workout, since the sections varied from undulating and circling movements to the more intense hip drops, accents, and shimmies, and back again.

The DVD is set to new-agey music. Most of it was OK. As a huge fan of Arabic music, the music on this DVD didn't really get going. It did make for nice backdrop music, but I wouldn't run out and buy the CD. The last section, where many of the combinations are joined into a dance, is set to a composition "Goddess". I found myself a little embarrassed - I just don't go in for this sort of thing, sung in English. It's very goddess-power type stuff. I don't object to the message, but it's not really my thing either. Luckily I was alone in the dance studio because otherwise I would feel pretty silly dancing around to "I'm a Goddess, Set me Free" if anyone could see me. That said, it's really nice to see the combinations and movements displayed in a dance, that was obviously connected to the music (as dance should be), and the dancers/instructors on this DVD display grace and, well, a goddess-quality when they demonstrate this section.
I should also mention that either of the two workouts on this DVD, Love Potion and Beginner Flow, can be done without voice cues, with the music only.

Overall, I got exactly what I ordered, a fitness dvd that works my core, drills my bellydance vocabulary, and keeps me entertained as I do it.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entrancing! 1 Jun 2009
By Seir - Published on Amazon.com
World Dance New York returns with this enchanting "Love Potion" dance instructional/workout program. If you are a fan of "Luscious" you will absolutely love this program! Beautiful 100% belly dance moves layered on triple steps on releve, grapevines and beautiful turns, rocking steps, all a bit more challenging!
This program options has voice cues or music only and is about two hours and a twenty minutes total.

The selections are:
The Love Potion Workout-40 minutes, practice flow for beginners-50 minutes, and tutorial-50 minutes.

You will definetly feel the work out as you shift from grapevines to releves, and hip movement. Best of all you will increase in dance vocabulary and learn posture, isolation, arms frames, a huge variety of hip movement, and traveling steps. From beginner to intermediate student, the tutorial and practice section allows most to follow along very well.

Neon instructs the key elements in the dance structure section; the purpose of slower dance movement allowing the muscles to get a longer work out, the technqiue of isolation, body posture, stylized movement in contrast to everyday life movement. Dancing can help alleviate the symptoms of sedentary lifestyle by elongating muscles and fixing improper posture.
Each segment below focuses on upper and lower body basics focusing on circles, undulations, shimmies, hip movement and traveling steps, working every muscle group. Once past the welcome section, prepare to be taken in by beautiful music, choreography and dancers of course!
Neon, Sarah, and Blanca lead you into the following trajectories of
The Love Potion workout: (The combos are broken down quite simply with footwork, arms patterns, hipwork added gradually and repeated.

Eternal Feminine- a rotations workout, grapevine, hip accents.
Mystery-pelvic circles, hip pushes, chest lifts and circles,hip infinity loops.
Desire-horizontal infinity loops, undulations, triplet steps, and yet more hip accents.
Creative Flame- emphasis on hip work, lifts drops
Free Spirit-emphasis on shimmies, shoulder and vertical hips and 3/4 up and down shimmies.
Priestess- a beautiful dance flow empahsing grace, body alignment, coordination, and fluidity
Goddess-beautiful sways, turns, hip work, all combined in a "dancer's prayer" flow.

Each segment offers much variety using organic belly dance moves. When combined differently, these work different muscle groups as a fantastic workout. The tutorial section and practice flow are suberbly defined with extensive vocablulary for dancers of all levels making this one of the best dance instructional videos I have reviewed. Neon is a thorough and precise instructor as you will see in the tutorial and practice flow segment. I especially commend the footwork section so well broken down, beautifully narrated, carefully guding into proper posture and framing! Arms patterns added are beautiful decorations to the hip movement and traveling steps.

The music is spell-binding with several selections from DJZen, Hossam Ramzy and others.The stage backdrop is soft and soothing to the eye. If you are new to belly dance or have loved it for a spell, the "Love Potion" program will simply mesmerize you!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 9 Jun 2009
By K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful DVD! I love the beautiful and creative combos and the quality of the DVD is very very good! These women are very skilled and talented dancers. The instructional section is very informative and clear. I like how she really explains and drills the movements and adding modififation options. This is my new fav DVD. I hope to take a class with these ladies someday!
ps
whatever you do...purchase this DVD. You don't have to think twice about it. You will be satisfied!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for All Levels 6 Oct 2009
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
When you first see the 3 goddesses who star in this DVD, dancing with beauty, grace and skill, you know you've come to the right place, to learn as well as be inspired. The DVD starts with a "Welcome" from Neon, who talks about how absolute beginners can benefit from this instruction, but so can dancers at all levels, and how belly dance strengthens your muscles and helps you to become more flexible, something our bodies need desperately in our "sit in the car...the office...on the sofa" lifestyle. This really applies to those of us in our "golden years," and belly dance can be the most enjoyable and satisfying form of exercise we can do.

There are 2 tutorials on this DVD that are wonderful, and break down each movement and its technique. These sections are excellent for beginners, and also for more advanced students who want to refine their style and skill. The Love Potion Workout section is the one that makes this one of my most favorite instruction DVDs that I own. It is non-stop dancing, with each instructor taking turns with a segment that has a theme: "Eternal Feminine," with Neon, "Mystery," with Blanca, "Seductress," with Sarah Skinner, etc., for 40 marvelous minutes. It's a superb way to practice the movements and as exercise it is fun as well as efficient. There is also the option to play it with voice-over instruction, or just music.

Extremely well produced, planned, and executed, this DVD is a 5 star winner. The music also adds to what makes it so good, and includes selections by DJ Zen, Phil Thornton and Hossan Ramzy, Giacomo Biondi, and Raul Ferrando. Neon, Blanca and Sarah are an exquisite trio to watch and learn from, and appreciate the art of belly dance.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, happy, joy, joy! 19 July 2009
By Hope - Published on Amazon.com
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I was spoiled by the Luscious DVD and wans't sure that Love Potion could possibly be as good; but Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy, Love Potion is just that joyful and uplifting! I love it.
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