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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!
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on 12 April 2009
Loved this dvd. The section on costuming is great, Sarah comes across as a very warm, friendly person. The instruction is clear and well done.
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on 22 March 2013
The exhibition dances show Sarah Skinner belly dancing but this does not come across very well in the demonstrations. If you already have belly dance dvds this is probably a different take on the idea. Without knowing what Turkish bellydancing should look like I can quite imagine that ordinary turkish people would dance like this at a turkish wedding, granny included, but I was expecting something a little more dynamic. The extended item on costume was interesting.
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on 13 February 2010
Thought this was going to be a basic "This is how you...." but it assumes you already know dance terms and music styles. Shows you various stages but not in an easy to follow way not does it relate to the final dance performance. Very disappointing.
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on 15 March 2013
This is a very nice DVD, but I didn't realise I had so many wobbly bits! Never mind, I will persevere with it.
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on 29 December 2015
brought as a present,and they love it.
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on 27 July 2015
brilliant and very informative
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on 22 July 2015
Enjoying this
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