3-DVD lot, Belly Dance Fitness Sampler: Workout DVDs from World Dance New York

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Three belly dance fitness & instruction programs for beginners!  Work on your dance technique and expressivity while enjoying a moderate continuous workout great for weight loss, toning, and muscle conditioning.  All three programs in this bunch are classic belly dance, made 100% from true belly dance moves, and presented through sequences of real dance combinations you can use in performance or dancing socially.

Luscious: The Belly Dance Workout for Beginners 

Silk - The Belly Dance Veil Workout, with Tanna Valentine (DVD) 

The Belly Dance Shimmy Workout, with Sarah Skinner (DVD) 

Neon's "Luscious" is a fun introduction to all the basic groups of belly dance moves and transitions.  If you are a dancer, it’s a great way to practice the core of belly dance technique and its dance vocabulary through functional drills performed in the context of dance combinations.

Sarah Skinner's "Shimmy Workout" focuses on shimmy, an essential skill of classic belly dance, with endless variations in types of shimmy, shimmy techniques, and intricate ways of using the shimmy in dance.

"Silk" by Tanna Valentine lets you play with the genre of veil dance.  With rich, evocative music and a comprehensive array of veil dance steps and tricks, the Silk Workout will quickly have veil moves ingrained in your muscle memory while offering you a relaxing and uplifting dance experience perfect for regular practice.

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.

Luscious: The Belly Dance Workout for Beginners 

Lavish and overflowing with deep, rich, feminine movement, Luscious: The Belly Dance Workout is made of 100% of belly dance moves and steps It is gentle, but it will work your body to enhance your muscle tone, flexibility, and fluidity, and promote weight loss. With a special focus on muscle conditioning and elongation, the program works each group of muscles deeply - using carefully built combinations to switch between muscle groups and add intensity to the workout.

Luscious: The Belly Dance Workout features gorgeous music and a beautiful flow undiluted by conventional exercises. Systematically addressing each group of muscles to deliver a total body workout, it creates an entertaining and aesthetically fulfilling dance experience inspiring you to do your best in executing each move with the proper depth, range of motion, and articulation.

A true dance experience as much as a fitness experience, Luscious is beginner level, but it offers you a perspective of challenge and growth. The workout consists of 7 sections, each building consistently upon the dance vocabulary covered in the previous sections through its own series of combinations. The combinations include classic belly dance transitions between steps to help you create the muscle memory to ingrain dance in your body.

Luscious is an "instructional workout." It introduces the dance vocabulary in a careful, systematic way and contains an extensive tutorial section breaking down each move used in the workout.

If this is one of your first steps in belly dance, this program will be a fun introduction to all the basic groups of belly dance moves and transitions. If you are a dancer, it’s a great way to practice the core of the belly dance technique and vocabulary through functional drills performed in the context of dance combinations and transitions creating an extra layer of muscle memory that isolated drills do not provide.

Workout duration - 45 min.

Tutorial section - 50 min.

The Circles section explores circular belly dance moves. It follows a slow-to-moderate tempo, working both the lower and upper body through isolations.

Next is the Infinity Loops section. Together with the stretching and toning impact of every move in this section, infinity loops are the ultimate exercise in fluidity.

Undulations maintain flexibiilty of your spine and help develop deep awareness of your core. They are also a challenging full-body muscle-conditioning exercise.

The belly dance hipwork section exercises your thighs, glutes, and abdominal muscles. In the Hip Accents section we’ll perform traditional belly dance hip moves and then weave them together with the fluid movements: circles, infinity loops and undulations. Hipwork is what gives belly dance such vibrancy and party appeal - these steps look great on any dance floor.

The Shimmy - that effortless shaking of the hips - is actually hard work! Join us to shake your way through a few styles of shimmy, and enjoy the wide range of shimmy flavors.

The Body Line section is built of moves involving your total body. It shifts focus from working individual body parts to dance steps that offer the most stretching and give you a dancerly posture and carriage.

The last section is a short dance routine choreographed entirely of the belly dance moves featured in the workout.

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Silk - The Belly Dance Veil Workout, with Tanna Valentine (DVD) 

Created by New York City-based star of classic belly dance, Tanna Valentine, Silk - The Belly Dance Veil Workout is an open-level fitness, dance instruction, and dance practice program, focusing on the genre of veil dance. Whether you are a dance beginner or an advanced dancer, Tanna’s beautifully choreographed dance flow and clear, precise instruction are amazing tools to learn veil dancing or polish your veil dance technique to perfection. With rich, evocative music and a comprehensive array of veil dance steps and tricks, the Silk Workout will quickly have veil moves ingrained in your muscle memory while offering you a relaxing and uplifting dance experience perfect for regular practice.

A belly dance veil is a three-to-four-yards-long piece of fabric used to add lyrical, dreamy, and mysterious flavor to a bellydance performance. All movements can also be performed with any light-weight piece of fabric, such as a scarf or a wrap most of us will already have in our closet.

Veil dance relies extensively on a graceful body line, full-body movement, and elegant arm trajectories. It’s one of the best ways to enrich your body awareness with the sense of graceful posture and muscle elongation. If you happen to have postural issues in dance or everyday life, veil dance is a tool that will help you fix them. It is also one of the most iconic genres of classic belly dance, much beloved by audiences worldwide: The Orientalist fantasy of a mysterious veiled beloved, the elusive vision of seductive eyes behind the veil, the dream of forbidden love...all these alluring images are deeply rooted in the history of modern belly dance.

Tanna Valentine’s program includes::

- a 40-minute all-veil workout / dance flow-practice (with voice cues and music-only options)

- a 70-minute Tutorial section breaking down every veil move/trick used in the dance flow

- an introduction to veil - all about sizes and types of fabric used for veil dance

- performances by Tanna Valentine, Gisele, and Yoshina (veil, fan veils, feather fan).

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The Belly Dance Shimmy Workout, with Sarah Skinner (DVD) 

The Belly Dance Shimmy Workout is a beginner-level dance fitness and instruction program created by classic-style belly dance star, Sarah Skinner. Shimmy, the delicate shaking of the hips or shoulders and chest, is an essential skill of classic bellydance, with endless variations in types of shimmy, shimmy techniques, and intricate ways of using them in dance.

Celebrated for her lyrical, romantic, sparkling dance style, Sarah offers irresistibly sassy moves and combinations. You will lose yourself in the joy of graceful feminine movement charged with energy and inspiration.

Sarah's program offers a tutorial section introducing a wide range of shimmies at beginner level, and a workout of 6 five-minute shimmy practice sessions with stretches in between. The workout is designed so that you can do it as an hour-long class, or, if you only have a few minutes to practice your shimmy, you can choose from a array of 5-minute shimmy drills.

Sarah opens her program with a leg and ankle strengthening drill to make your shimmies bigger and steadier, so you can easily modulate the speed and the amplitude of your shimmy. This section lays the foundation for solid technique to maximize your physical ability and prevent injury.

The workout shimmy sections layer shimmy on weight shifts and hip slides, adding graceful arm patterns to improve coordination. Sarah goes over ¾ shimmies and shimmy walks including the Arabic hip walk, twist shimmy, and layering shimmy on a wide range of travel steps. The program includes drills for better upper and lower body coordination - performing chest lifts, circles, and other upper body moves while maintaining a steady and supple hips shimmy.

Flirty and graceful shoulder and chest shimmies and Sarah's Choo-choo Euphoria, the running shimmy practice session, add to the full body workout and exhilarating sense of joy and freedom of movement. The final section of the workout is a review of all types of shimmies drilled in the program - it s a great technique refresher and a perfect tool for muscle conditioning.

The program features two versions of the workout: with voice cues and with music only. Additional sections include warmup and cooldown designed to lengthen, release, and condition your muscles for best dance performance with a special focus on the muscle groups responsible for maintaining and modulating the shimmy.

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