2-DVD+CD lot, American Cabaret Belly Dance Instructional DVDs - World Dance NY

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A classic belly dance show in the “American Cabaret” tradition consists of 6 parts: entrance, veil dance, party dance, ciftetelli with or without floorwork, drum solo, and finale. This bunch of products will help you learn every genre of belly dance that is traditionally included in the American Cabaret show and to practice them in a 6-minute mini-show and in a 30-minute workout, both of which follow the layout of a typical cabaret belly dance show. In addition, you will have a collection of traditional cabaret belly dance songs, as well as drum solos and taksims recorded by veterans of New York's City's Middle Eastern Music scene.

Belly Dance Show Basics is a 3-hour instructional program that will introduce you to the full set of skills needed to perform a classic belly dance show. The program includes breakdown and practice of the basic belly dance vocabulary of steps, but the main focus is on learning how to put the show together and make it great.

Cocktail: The Classic Cabaret Belly Dance Workout is a dance-based fitness program that follows the cabaret belly dance show format: An uptempo opening, a moderate-paced lyrical section, a dynamic party-style dance, an expressive and sultry slow cifte-telli, an upbeat sparkling drum solo, and a brief finale. This cycle is repeated twice in the course of the workout to two different soundtracks of classic bellydance music, with the second cycle offering an extra segment featuring the rhythm and steps of Turkish karsilama.

Belly Dance Show Basics for Beginners, with Tanna 

Cocktail: The Classic Cabaret Belly Dance Workout, with Tanna 

Belly Dance New York by Amir Naoum (CD) 

And here are the details about each instructional program.  Preview videos for each program can be viewed on YouTube or at World Dance New York's own website.

Belly Dance Show Basics for Beginners, with Tanna 

Belly Dance Show Basics is a 3-hour instructional program that will introduce you to the full set of skills needed to perform a classic belly dance show. The program includes breakdown and practice of the basic belly dance vocabulary of steps, but the main focus is on learning how to put the show together and make it great. Tanna Valentine, a New York-based star belly dance performer and instructor, suggests structure, music, and ways of expression that will work best to create your own show as a glamorous and memorable experience for a special occasion or as a gift to your friends.

A classic belly dance show in the “American Cabaret” tradition consists of 6 parts: entrance, veil dance, party dance, ciftetelli with or without floorwork, drum solo, and finale. While a typical show lasts about 20 minutes, Tanna offers a 6-minute mini-show for practice and performance on special occasions.

The music of Belly Dance Show Basics is by New York’s favorite Middle Eastern band leader and master Arabic percussion instructor Amir Naoum Chehade. It can be downloaded from iTunes or purchased on Amir’s CD Belly Dance New York. Together with the 6-minute mini-show, Amir’s CD contains the full-length versions of each song used in the show, as well as other belly dance favorites you can use to improve your skills - or expand the mini-show into a full-length professional performance. 

In a “Concept” section for each of the 6 parts of the classic show, Tanna Valentine explains the mood, the expectations of the audience, the image the dancer may seek to create, the ways she can project her energy, and interact with and manage her audience. Tanna teaches how to differentiate each part of the show through expression and dance vocabulary, and delves into the logistics of each segment, giving you the blueprint for a flawless and confident performance.

In the “Step-by-step” section for each segment of the classic show, Tanna breaks down a number of the steps appropriate for that rhythm and mood. These steps are rehearsed in the “Practice” sessions. Practice sessions can also be played as one non-stop segment with music and vocal cues or with the music only. The six “Choreography” sections offer a simple and elegant sequence for each of the six portions of the show. If you would like to practice your performance skills by following Tanna, you can play the choreography sections as one full 6-minute show with music and vocal cues or with music only.

Tanna also offers a rich array of resources to help you create and perform your own show.

Special sections of the program are dedicated to learning the basics of floorwork, and to playing finger cymbals. “Staging your show” is all about the logistics of performing a belly dance show in a public venue, such as a resturant or lounge, as compared to a performance in your living room.

In the “Costuming” section Tanna discusses traditional belly dance costuming, explaining the explaining the diversity of possible styles and how to obtain them (accompanied by costume demonstrations), and experiments with creating impromptu belly dance costumes from everyday items found in her closet.

In the “Makeup” section Tanna is joined by her makeup model, New York belly dancer Mary. Tanna demonstrates dance makeup application from foundation to the decorative elements such as rhinestones applied to the corners of the eyes. The demonstration offers meticulous step-by-step makeup instruction.

In the “Performance variations” section Tanna improvises to the music of the belly dance mini-show, demonstrating alternative steps, patterns and modes of expression.

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Cocktail: The Classic Cabaret Belly Dance Workout, with Tanna 

Cocktail: The Classic Cabaret Belly Dance Workout is a dance-based fitness program created by the New-York-based star belly dance performer and instructor Tanna Valentine. It features 100% belly dance movement and authentic belly dance performance music.

If you are new to belly dance, the 60-minute Tutorial section explains the moves in detail and demonstrates every bellydance step used in the program. You can practice by following Tanna in the Beginner Practice Flow. While in the workout section belly dance moves are arranged in full-fledged dance combinations, the Practice Flow allows you to work on each step individually through a series of simple repetitions to music.

The 30-minute Cocktail workout section is presented by by Tanna and her fellow NYC dancers Giselle and Yoshina. It is designed as both a fitness and an educational experience where you will sample and practice the classic bellydance moves and combinations of cabaret belly dance while working to improve your muscle tone and flexibility, and adding variety to your weight loss or weight maintenance regimen.

The workout structure follows the layout of a typical cabaret belly dance show: An uptempo opening, a moderate-paced lyrical section, a dynamic party-style dance, an expressive and sultry slow cifte-telli, an upbeat sparkling drum solo, and a brief finale. This cycle is repeated twice in the course of the workout to two different soundtracks of classic belly dance music, with the second cycle offering an extra segment featuring the rhythm and steps of Turkish karsilama.

This organic structure of the American Cabaret belly dance show, alternating higher and lower intensity sections, mirrors the interval method of fitness training and makes a great dance-based workout with a focus on muscle conditioning and toning. The variety of dance steps challenges your body to quickly switch between muscle groups and results in an effective and fun fitness experience.

"Making time in your life for planned physical fitness is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity," says Tanna Valentine, "While many women lead busy lives and are not always motivated to go to the gym, dance-based fitness is highly-motivating because it is more than sweating and burning calories. Along with fitness benefits it provides a vehicle for artistic expression, and also has a strong emotional and spiritual component that brings a release from stress and physical apathy through inspiration and a burst of creative energy. You have to make time for this in your daily life."

Whether you are looking to improve your physical conditioning and enhance your shape, or to learn and practice a wide range of classic cabaret belly dance combinations in preparation for performing on stage or at a night life venue, Tanna's Cocktail workout will support and entertain you on your way toward these goals.

The Cocktail workout offers 2 soundtrack options: with voice cues and with music only.

The Cocktail Belly Dance Workout video also features a number of performances by Tanna Valentine, Giselle and Yoshina.

Do you already own World Dance New York's "Luscious," "Love Potion" or "Hard Candy" bellydance workouts, and are you wondering 'what's different' about Cocktail? The answer is that you will find the steps -- and the spirit -- here are more 'old-fashioned' belly dance. This is belly dance with a vintage twist: '60s and '70s "classic" movement....the core vocabulary of that era...still emulated every day in clubs and restaurants around the world. Anywhere you see belly dancers in a traditional setting, you see this kind of performance....to this kind of music.

The structure also emulates the 6-part belly dance show: Entrance, slow dance, fast dance, chiftetelli, drum solo, karsilama, and exit. Throughout the workout this structure is present and presents two whole times, each time with a different movement vocabulary. So running Cocktail: The Classic Cabaret Belly Dance Workout is like doing a real restaurant belly dance show. Understanding this classic show structure, which is used worldwide, is absolutely indispensable awareness for any dancer who is planning to perform as a professional belly dance entertainer -- so making it your workout, it will become 'part of you', even aid you in developing both rhythmic and mood improvisations within the context of the classic show structure.

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Belly Dance New York by Amir Naoum (CD) 

NYC belly dance favorites, traditional style, arranged and produced by Amir Naoum Chehade and Elias Sarkar.

Music on this CD is featured in Belly Dance Show Basics for Beginners with Tanna Valentine. Music tracks include the 6-minute mini-show taught by Tanna, as well as full-length tracks for every melody used in the DVD + a selection of additional songs and drum solos!

Track Listing
Track 1: Bellydance Mini-Show - 6:34
Track 2. Mustafa ya Mustafa (Maksoum, 4/4) - 3:01
Track 3. Bir Demet Yasemin (Arabic rumba, 4/4) - 3:25
Track 4. Ya Ain Mulayatain (Shashkin, Nawary, 4/4) - 3:40
Track 5. Ciftetelli Takasim 1 (oud, violin, and qanun, ciftetelli, 8/4) - 3:44
Track 6. Maksoum Drum Solo 1 (Amir Naoum, maksoum, 4/4) - 2:54
Track 7. Soode-Soode (malfouf-karachi mix, 2/4) - 3:28
Track 8. Lama Bada (vocal, Elias Sarkar, Semai, 10/8) - 4:08
Track 9. Hagallah Drum Solo (Amir Naoum, 2/4, 4/4, 8/4 mix) - 3:07
Track 10. Bu Dunya (This Life) (Elias Sarkar, vocal, Turkish karshlama, 9/8) - 3:08
Track 11. Lama Bada (instrumental, Semai, 10/4) - 3:29
Track 12. Maksoum Drum Solo 2 (maksoum, 4/4) - 2:19
Track 13. Ciftetelli Takasim 2 (oud and violin, ciftetelli, 8/4) - 5:20
Track 14: Soode-Soode Finale (malfouf-karachi mix, classic 2/4 finale) - 0:38

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