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Great Beginner's Intro to Turkish Style Dance and Costumes
on 18 July 2008
Though the box is not labeled for level of training, this terrific instruction DVD is geared towards beginning students, and if you are familiar with folk dancing or basic bellydancing, you won't have any trouble assimilating the choreography, which is quite simple, especially since the steps are broken down and explained in detail, and demonstrated to perfection by the lovely Sarah Skinner.
Perhaps the most valuable portion of this DVD is the Costume Workshop, where Sarah shows us some of her glorious costume collection (some of it worn in the dance sections, so one can see it in motion). This is an A to Z workshop, with information that is hard to obtain elsewhere, and costumes are a vital part of bellydancing in general, and Turkish dance in particular, as Sarah demonstrates in the use of the flowing and swirling skirts while dancing. You'll get great tips on what to buy, how to personalize it, make it comfortable, and make it last, as these gorgeous costumes can be quite an investment.
In her "Welcome" section, Sarah speaks of the Turkish cabaret dancing that exploded on the dance scene in New York in the 70's, and how we are now learning from those dancers who are now teachers, the teachers she studied with, and how this form of dance keeps flourishing. We also get 3 performance pieces that are wonderful; a veil dance, a ciftetelli, and a drum solo.
The 2 dances that Sarah teaches, "Rompi Rompi" and "Mastika," are fun "party dance" numbers, make for great exercise when you get going with them, and being choreographically easy, you can let go and really feel the freedom of dancing without too much strain. If you're a beginning dancer, this DVD is sure to give you the "dance bug" and you will be hooked for life...and have Sarah to thank for it!