Belly Dance - Specialty Genres 3-DVD video set

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Study special genres and skills required for well-rounded artistry in belly dancing - dancing with zils, with a veil, and performing to a belly dance drum solo.

The Heartbeat of Bellydance, with Jenna (DVD) <---- click to see it

A belly dance drum solo is actually a duet: Together, a dancer and a drummer create a unique piece of performance art.  For the dancer, the drum solo is a uniquely exciting experience demanding a profound understanding of rhythmic patterns and a wide vocabulary of belly dance moves and accents, all necessary to enable her to interact at will with the music created by the drummer.  Jenna's program includes a 'Rhythm Workshop' with Raquy Danziger, where Raquy breaks apart eight popular bellydance rhythms: baladi, saiidi, maksoum, masmoudi, ciftetelli, malfouf, ayub, & semai, and a Choreography Workshop where Jenna takes you step-by-step through THREE bellydance drum solo choreographies.

Bellydance with Veil, by Sarah Skinner (DVD) <---- click to see it

Veil dance is one of the most glamourous and visually stunning genres of belly dancing. Its expressive language conveys a wide range of moods - mysterious, romantic, celebratory, spiritual, meditative... Belly Dance with Veil, created by New York City bellydance star Sarah Skinner, is an instructional open-level video teaching the technique of veil dance from the basics of veil manipulation to the nuances of carriage, body lines, and tips for achieving an effortless, flawless performance.

Bellydance with Zils, by Elsa Leandros (DVD)   <---- click to see it

Together with the amazing doumbek player Raquy Danziger, Elsa demonstrates the 7 most popular Arabic dance rhythms: baladi, saidi, maksoum, masmoudi, ciftetelli (slow Arabic-style and fast Turkish-style), karsilama (9/8), and gypsy-style karsilama. Elsa and Raquy alternate demonstrating the rhythms on doumbek and zils, offering a clear comparison of how zils and drum each interpret the rhythms.

Elsa moves step-by-step through the logistics and foundations of zil-playing for belly dancers, including her technique of alternating hands in interpreting rhythms on the zils (compared to designating a leading vs supporting hand.) Next, Elsa breaks down each of the 7 rhythms as interpreted on the zils and offers exercises to develop speed and freedom of hand and arm movement while playing zils.

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