4-DVD lot, Beginner Dance Sampler Instructional DVDs from World Dance New York

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Sample four dance forms for fun or cross-training: classic belly dance, flamenco, Brazilian samba and Bollywood dance.

Dance Today! Belly Dance with Neon! (DVD) 

Learn two dances with Neon - a fluid and sensuous dance set to a slow "ciftetelli" rhythm (beginner level), and a fast and exciting bellydance drum solo (intermediate level)!

Dance Today! Brazilian Samba with Quenia Ribeiro (DVD)

Learn two fun and elegant samba dances with Quenia Ribeiro. The samba style taught in this program is most commonly referred to as “Samba No Pe' from Rio De Janeiro.

Dance Today! Flamenco with Puela Lunaris (DVD)

Learn two beautiful dances with Puela Lunaris — Gypsy Tango and Farruca! More ancient than the Argentine Tango, the Gypsy Tangos are traditionally danced at gypsy weddings and celebrations in Spain. Farruca is a passionate and powerful footwork dance, energizing and full of life. Farruca was one of the first dances to develop within Flamenco as a performing art during the Modernist era.

Bollywood Dance with Jaya Vaswani (DVD) 

This amazing instructional program includes Indian dance hand gestures, Bollywood dance steps, variations, key descriptive words you need to know to discuss this form of dance, and the full technique of expressive body language used in Bollywood dance.  There is a full Bollywood routine, a dance-along section, and more!

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.

Dance Today! Belly Dance with Neon! (DVD) 

Learn two dances with Neon - a fluid and sensuous dance set to a slow "ciftetelli" rhythm (beginner level), and a fast and exciting belly dance drum solo (intermediate level)!

Neon breaks down each dance step-by-step, combination by combination.

"Learn and Practice" sections offer a step-by-step breakdown of each combination and a presentation of the dance "from the top" with practice repetitions inserted, so you can follow Neon and learn the steps in real time.

Bonus belly dance performance by Neon

Music on Dance Today! Belly Dance is available for purchase at iTunes and other music download sites.

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Dance Today! Brazilian Samba with Quenia Ribeiro (DVD)

Learn two fun and elegant samba dances with Quenia Ribeiro and Quenia's band, Grupo Ribeiro!

Samba is the most internationally recognized music and dance form from Brazil. Samba is a patchwork of many cultural elements pieced together from Africa, Europe, and the indigenous people of Brazil. Developed in Bahia and brought to Rio De Janeiro by people of African descent, Samba spread to all levels of Brazilian society.

There are many different styles of Samba music and dance in Brazil. In this instructional DVD Quenia Ribeiro teaches the sexy, and exciting Samba from Rio De Janeiro. She demonstrates the basic footwork of Samba and then she breaks the movements down into concise and understandable steps. The next section in the DVD focuses on 2 choreographed routines. This style of samba is most commonly referred to as “Samba No Pe.”

Carnaval is celebrated preceding Lent. The “Escolas De Samba,” or Samba schools are community based organizations that create the music, dance, costumes and floats for the Carnaval parade. In addition to the musicians (bateria), the parade is comprised of “alas” or wings. Many wings follow choreographed dance routines similar to the ones demonstrated in this DVD.

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Dance Today! Flamenco with Puela Lunaris (DVD)

Learn two beautiful dances with Puela Lunaris — Gypsy Tango and Farruca!

When life becomes a bit too predictable and routine drains you of excitement, it's time to let the magic of dance carry you beyond your current horizons. Discover new ways to move, to look, to find friends, to stay in shape, and to shake off stress. Dance is a language: Tell your story and celebrate your true self through sensual, feminine movement. Even if you learn just a few steps, dance will always be with you, a sparkling new facet to the precious gem that is YOU.

Gyspy Tangos are one of Flamenco's most sensual dances. More ancient than the Argentine Tango, the Gypsy Tangos are traditionally danced at gypsy weddings and celebrations in Spain. Learn a full choreography in the traditional manner of waving your skirt into passionate flames and moving your hips the gypsy way.

Farruca is a passionate and powerful footwork dance, energizing and full of life. Farruca was one of the first dances to develop within Flamenco as a performing art during the Modernist era. It had deep influence upon the work of Diaghilev, Massine and Picasso. An outstanding stress reliever, dancing the Farruca feels invigorating and empowering.

Bonus! Puela Lunaris performances of Gypsy Tangos and Farruca with live band.

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Bollywood Dance with Jaya Vaswani (DVD) 

For the first time ever, anywhere, a true dance instruction DVD for beginners teaching how to dance like the stars do in the great productions of the motion picture studios of Bollywood.

Bollywood Dance for Beginners is not a 'workout' or 'exercise' DVD: This is real dance instruction.  Instructor Jaya Vaswani leads you step-by-step through all the little moves -- and big ones, too -- that make Bollywood dance what it is.  This amazing instructional program includes Indian dance hand gestures, Bollywood dance steps, variations, key descriptive words you need to know to discuss this form of dance, and the full technique of expressive body language used in Bollywood dance.  There is a full Bollywood routine, a dance-along section, and more!

Created by Jaya Vaswani, Bollywood Dance for Beginners introduces Bollywood steps and styling, as well as cultural concepts that make Bollywood music and dance so uniquely colorful. A blend of stylistic influences from within and outside Indian culture, a dazzling kaleidoscope of ancient and modern aesthetics, customs, and lore, Bollywood tradition is an ever-evolving phenomenon. Jaya s instructional program helps you learn and adopt the cultural meanings of Bollywood dance moves and gestures from the very first steps, giving you instant enjoyment of the rich social texture underlying the glamour, playfulness and optimism of Bollywood dance.

Jaya opens her program demonstrating the Namascar tradition - explaining this ancient Indian ritual of expressing gratitude for the gifts that have been given to you, and dedicating one s dance to the eternal and the divine powers of the universe.

In the section on Haasta Mudras, the hand gestures originating in the 8 styles of classical Indian dance, Jaya introduces the unique motions of the hand most commonly seen in Bollywood dance. Haasta Mudras originate in sacred forms of temple dance, so it is important to distinguish between the gestures that carry devotional meanings and the safe-to-use movements that are appropriate for secular performances.

The Bollywood Basic Steps section introduces typical Bollywood dance steps and techniques. In the Bollywood Keywords section Jaya teaches steps, combinations, and gestures tied to particular keywords heard in Bollywood songs, such as eyes, bindi, blessing, beloved, heart, crazy, magic, flower, and many others. You will quickly learn the key concepts of Bollywood songs, capture their traditional meanings in Bollywood dance routines, and choreograph your own routines using the colorful body language of Bollywood.

Both the hand gestures and Bollywood keywords sections display all the terms and names of gestures and steps on screen, both, in their original language transliterations and translations into English.

Jaya teaches a full Bollywood dance routine that will advance your skill toward intermediate level, and offers a dance-along section where you can learn and practice a wide array of Bollywood steps and combinations that extend far beyond the basics.

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