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lady Amalthea
02-23-2006, 02:28 PM
I am looking to start learning how to bellydance, can anyone recommend a DVD that would teach me as there is no place near me that offers courses. I need a good DVD that would explain the movements and most importantly how to isolate the muscles, as I have no idea about any of it, except that it looks really fun. Any help would be great. Thanks.

02-23-2006, 02:31 PM
me too when you find out PM me::pray:: please ::pray:: please.

02-23-2006, 02:43 PM
Especially for muscle toning and isolations, I recommend Rachel Brice's Yoga Isolations and Drills.

There's not much there as far as dancing, choreography, etc. but for training muscles for basic movements, it rocks.

Keep in mind that Rachel is a Tribal Fusion dancer, so some of the moves are slightly different from cabaret or even ATS, but there's nothing in the muscle strengthening that won't help.


For dance, I would recommend Instructional Bellydance with Jillina (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CEB69/qid=1140723759/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-2605571-8725657?s=dvd&v=glance&n=130)
I'd probably avoid ANYTHING by Dolphina and the Neena and Veena sets are ok, but really geared more towards themed aerobics than dance.

Just my .02

Mistress Lisette
02-23-2006, 03:59 PM
Suhaila Salimpour's Fusion (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006H31OY/qid=1140727259/sr=8-2/ref=pd_bbs_2/002-9622011-8187257?%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=130) series is excellent for training and isolating muscles. I haven't tried her Bellydance for Beginners, but this Fusion series is *supposed* to be for beginners. Word of caution, though, it'll kick your butt. It's very demanding so if you really want to be challenged, give it a try.

Each DVD covers a specific angle, but you may get the "how-to" in another one. For example, in the "Yoga" DVD, you work your way through alternating glute exercises but you only get a thorough definition of what this exercise is exactly in the "Buns" DVD. The DVDs' specific angles are Pilates, Yoga, Buns, and Jazz, with each one seamlessly blending in bellydance movements, isolations, drills, and, yes, attitude.

Instructional Bellydance with Jillina (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000CEB69/qid=1140727702/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-9622011-8187257?s=dvd&v=glance&n=130) is another good one. In this series, you'll work on actual choreography, though, but without an emphasis on isolations and drills.

Rhia mentioned the Rachel Brice one, and that's another good one to use. Her yoga's pretty intense, but this is coming from a yogalistically-challenged person.;-)

And for more tribal bellydance, FatChance Bellydance (http://www.fcbd.com/video/video_fcbd.html) is great. I think Rachel Brice studied under Carolina Nerricio, FCBD's founder and the acknowledged grand dame of American Tribal Style bellydance.

And for some good ideas to play around with, Delilah's Bellydance Workshop (http://www.visionarydance.com/belly_dancing_videos.html) series is great.

Also consider investing in Delilah's powerweight belly bar. (http://www.visionarydance.com/weightbelt.html) I swear, when I practice my shimmies and hiprolls using this sucker, I can feel all sorts of muscles working. When I dance without the bellybar, my shimmies are sharper, faster, and stronger. Plus, you can use it when you do sit ups for additional weight...

Have fun!! I love bellydancing, and I wouldn't be surprised that when you start it, you'll quickly fall in love with it, too! :-D


Mistress Lisette
02-23-2006, 04:01 PM
Haha. *After* I posted my .02 I saw Rhia had also recommended Jillina! Now you've got *two* wenches who recommend her. :-D

Genevieve R
02-23-2006, 10:06 PM
I bellydanced for a couple of years. A video I like is The Goddess Workout with Dolphina. Her beautiful costumes are worth the cost, even if you just sit and watch instead of dancing. :)

Have fun!

lady Amalthea
02-24-2006, 12:21 AM
thanks for all the suggestion I will definatly check out the Jillina one and the FCBD too. I want to learn the dance and the tribal dance is just beautiful to watch, but I need to learn to isolate the muscles first.

02-24-2006, 01:02 AM
Thak You For Posting The Links On Belly Dancing Thank You Verry Much.


Mistress Morigianna
02-24-2006, 04:42 PM
check around fro used dvd's on places like amazon & ebay. they come up alot:shhh:

02-24-2006, 05:04 PM
Check out www.naturaljourneys.com

Suhaila's Fitness Fusion series is Awesome! It's mostly sold as an intermediate, though, so if you want to begin at the beginning, I'd try Bellydance Fitness for Beginners with Veena and Neena.

Their style is more cabaret, but I had no problems transitioning to live Tribal Style classes after using the tapes for a year!

You can usually find the tapes or DVDs on eBay, too!

02-24-2006, 05:32 PM
I have one of the Veena and Neena beginners' DVDs. I keept wondering if I was going to wind up shooting my spleen out through my ears.

I need to lose some serious weight first, dammit.

Mistress Lisette
02-25-2006, 12:09 AM
Suhaila's Fitness Fusion series is Awesome! It's mostly sold as an intermediate, though <snip>
Really? Well, hell's bells! I've been doing intermediate level stuff thinking I was doing beginner! I'm damn mighty impressed with mahself, then!:lol:

Btw, I assumed the Fusion series was beginning level since it says "Bellydance for Beginners" on the box...

Oh, and ditto on the praise. I *love* this series!

02-25-2006, 06:32 PM
I assumed the Fusion series was beginning level since it says "Bellydance for Beginners" on the box...

Oh, and ditto on the praise. I *love* this series!

Suhaila posts sometimes on Tribe.net and I think that's where I got that idea. I'm impressed with you doing the Fitness Fusion series without prior stuff!!! You can really see the different styles between them, too!

Bonnie Scarlet
02-28-2006, 12:32 PM
I second the Suhaila Salimpour boxed set and the Jillina 3-DVD instructional set.

They're both absolutely wonderful, and I personally enjoy doing the Suhaila Pilates Fusion DVD that comes with the set, before I do a Jillina DVD to focus more on the dancing/choreo side of things.