Egyptian Belly Dancing For Beginners With Hilary Thacker
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Professional belly dancer Hilary Thacker takes the beginner through basic routines such as the camel and Egyptian walks, snaky arms and shimmies. She also demonstrates the use of a veil.
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The ancient art of oriental dance has a long and colourful history. It began with the many fertility cults of the ancient world, and in the temples of ancient India. The existence of various nomadic groups of professional entertainers, and groups specifically identified with Gypsies, provided for the cross-culturalisation and transmission of these dances. Although regional variations have always existed, the popularity of what is commonly known as "oriental dance" or "belly dance" continues in the modern Middle East and through the world. The survival of this ancient dance despite cultural and moral prejudices is a tribute to the appeal it has to the human spirit as the women (and men) who dance today do so for very practical reasons: because it is enjoyable, it is excellent exercise for muscle-toning and an opportunity for social involvement. In other words, for fitness, fun and friendship.
Hilary Thacker is a renowned professional Egyptian-style "belly dancer" performing and teaching throughout the UK and Middle East, and in the privacy of your own home will instruct you how to master basic moves involved in belly dancing, including the camel and Egyptian walks, snaky arms and shimmies, and finishes with a section on dancing with the veil. Everything a beginner will need to know to enjoy performing!
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Blown-out sound, no functioning menus, and if you try to fast forward it just goes on the fritz - I ended up having to reboot my laptop twice cos it just froze up. "Forgeddaboutit!" Probably going in the bin.
I had a similar experience with a Robert Palmer DVD collection (Addictions) where it seems to have been transferred from VHS. Avoid this!
Yes its not the best quality, and its really very home made, and lots could be improved, i.e. no warm up bad choice of clothes or background- but I am a new beginner and go to Belly dance classes reguraly - I found the actual movements well filmed and over longer periods of time so one really get's used to trying them out for ex. whilst walking, using arms at the same time etc. The joy of a dvd is that you can stop and start and practise by oneself and this is a great dvd to do just that.
I have one other bellydance dvd produced by my instructor and frankly I prefer Hillary's purely because she does instruct quite well and she breaks up the movements and that's what it's all about!! Good luck and enjoy belly dancing!