The Discover Bellydance series, featuring twins Veena and Neena Bidasha, teaches you Egyptian Bellydance moves and choreographed dance routines. This boxed set combines three of their most popular DVD titles (titles are also available separately):
This program introduces the fundamental movements of Bellydancing. You will learn the basic dance moves that will enable you to perform a fully choreographed dance routine. After a satisfying warm-up, you will receive step-by-step instructions from identical twins Veena & Neena, on how to execute the upper and lower body movements associated with Bellydance. The elements are isolated and taught slowly, so you can quickly grasp the subtleties. As you become more comfortable with the moves, you can develop speed and expression. Veena & Neena will teach you hip drops and shimmies, undulations, half-turns and wrist circles combined with graceful arm and shoulder moves. Now you are ready to integrate these movements into a fun and exciting choreographed dance routine.
Beyond Basic Dance
This program introduces the intermediate movements of bellydancing. After a satisfying warm-up, Veena & Neena will teach you rib circles, hip drop-kicks and shimmies, traveling steps and full turns combined with graceful arm and shoulder moves. Now you are ready to integrate these movements into a fun and exciting choreographed dance routine!
This program introduces the softer and more flowing movements of bellydance. You will learn seductive moves that will enable you to perform a fully choreographed and mesmerizing dance routine. After a satisfying warm-up, Veena & Neena will teach you upward and downward figure eights, spins, traditional veil movements and head slides combined with seductive arm and shoulder moves. Now you are ready to integrate these movements into a fun and exciting choreographed dance routine!
Actors: Veena Bidasha, Neena Bidasha
Directors: David Nakahara
Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 3
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Cerebellum Corporation
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
Run Time: 100 minutes
Best instructional bellydance videos September 12, 2003
Neena and Veena are fabulous instructors. There are three videos included: Basic Dance, Beyond Basic Dance, and Mystic Dance. If you are deciding between VHS and DVD, I strongly recommend the DVD. The DVD has some great bellydancing extras on it, including some fitness bellydance examples. You can choose having the instructional voice on or off.
My one complaint about these videos revolves around the instructional voice, which is not always in sync with what Neena and Veena are currently doing. If I’m not paying attention, when I’m learning the steps, I can get frustrated by that, as I tend to listen to the voice more. (habit left from dancing and aerobics)
I LOVE the videos. These are the best bellydance instructional videos I’ve tried. The camera focus is almost perfect – when small movements are occurring (say with the wrist), it’s focussed on the wrist, or if there is a bit of trickier footwork – focus is on the the feet. Otherwise, it’s mostly a whole body shot – which is much better than many of the other bellydancing videos.
Instruction starts slow – I like how they teach arm positions for you to be able to experiment. The progression from slow to tempo does occur a little fast, but it’s allowed me more enjoyment of the video because it has been a little more challenging. It’s not too difficult!
The steps all come together in the end with a choreographed dance, which is great fun. The videos definitely build skills from one to the other. Once you’ve practiced a few times, and are getting the dance routines down, you will be getting a workout!! My arms already look totally different, and I have more hip flexibility than I use to.
These videos gave me enough experience to feel confident enough after three weeks of (secret) practice to give a dance to my husband. He thought I’d been taking lessons on my lunch break. (and no, he’s not suave enough to have just come up with that!) :)
Fun and energizing exercise, with an element of sensuality – for what more could I ask?