I finally worked through Sera’s Bellydance: East Coast Tribal after owning it for a while, and I was stunned at how excellent it is. There are a few flaws (which I’ll get to later), but those aside, it’s a superb video. First things first. This is not a beginner’s DVD. Sera neither gives the kind … Continue reading Review: Sera’s Bellydance East Coast Tribal
I have a number of bellydance videos, but I find myself coming back to Shamira’s Sensuous Workout 2 over and over again. Why? Because I can use it in different ways at different times. Shamira presents 22 basic moves. What’s great about it is that she then teaches a few basic combinations for each move. … Continue reading Review: Shamira’s Bellydancing: The Sensuous Workout 2 "Pure Technique"
I wasn’t sure at first whether to buy Core Training for Belly Dancers. I wondered whether the exercises were all that different than the usual ab work, and if one actually winds up using it frequently enough to make it worth paying $30 for a twelve-minute workout. I eventually decided to take the risk and … Continue reading Review: Gerson Kuhr’s Core Training for Belly Dancers
I bought Jehan’s Sacred Bellydance on the recommendations of other reviewers (like Mala), so in a sense, this review should be superfluous. However, I wanted to write one anyway for two reasons: first, to address certain aspects of Jehan’s belief system that may be offputting, and second, to add a few notes about who I … Continue reading Review: Jehan’s Sacred Bellydance
I rented this video around the same time that I started a “Ballet Body” class at my local gym. Also, I had been doing Callanetics, which is ballet-inspired. So I was really in the mood for something just like the New York City Ballet Workout. Other reviewers on Amazon have mentioned the fact that the … Continue reading Review: Peter Martins, New York City Ballet Workout
I took part in Autumn Ward’s “Ballet Technique for Oriental Dance” workshop yesterday at Salsa International. I have pain in the weirdest muscles today (my pecs hurt, if you can believe it!) and places in my hip, and my credit card also hurts because of the Sharifwear sale they were having…. but all in all, … Continue reading Ballet for Oriental Dance with Autumn Ward
Yesterday, a treat: Princess Farhana was giving workshops in Milford, CT. I really enjoyed this, both because of the Princess’s way of running a workshop and because of the warm, welcoming attitudes of the women attending. It helped me realize that the competitiveness I had felt at the NYC class was not just something I … Continue reading The Princess in Milford