As a form of body language, dance speaks the truth of your thoughts and feelings. In belly dance, sensuality has always been one of the most highly prized qualities. Aware of your sensual joy, your audience instantly knows that you are "comfortable with your body" and enjoying yourself. This allows the gift of your dance to be experienced on a higher, richer level.
Sensual Goddess - Belly Dance for Beginners, with Neon (TWO-DVD SET)
Neon's Sensual Goddess TWO-DVD SET is a belly dance instruction program designed for beginners. Four hours of non-stop movement with music. The emphasis is on meaningful, evocative and sensual movement you can learn from the start. What makes your movement sensual, and what makes it sexy? You will see and try dozens of moves and learn to modulate the flavors of your dance, such as sensuality, playfulness, classiness, as well as its emotional range and depth.
For absolute beginners the program includes detailed breakdown of classic belly dance moves. We practice each move individually, and learn to layer hipwork on footwork, and add upper body moves and arm trajectories, linking them with graceful transitions. All of this is movement with music, from the very first step.
In addition, we learn combinations based on poses, gestures and arm patterns - these elements are typically used to add expressivity to a belly dance performance - this is the dance body language that will breathe meaning and emotional appeal into your dance. But these elements can also be used on their own, to create whole evocative compositions, while all we do is steps and gestures - very valuable when you are a beginner still working on your basic belly dance moves. These steps and gestures allow you to express your inspiration and perform with no dance training. Arm trajectories, delicate movements of your hands, head tilts and turns, articulations of your posture - these things make your dance sensual and beautiful, and you can learn them without knowing any belly dance steps and use them in any form of dance.
Then, each group of steps is assembled into a combination and we practice this combination, and finally we have a beautiful and evocative choreographed dance featuring all the combinations we’ve learned. We’ll practice each combination as it appears in the dance - so you will learn a lot of moves, practice them thoroughly, with transitions, and then you will be able to perform our Sensual Goddess choreography. It’s an elegant dance fit for any occasion - family event, a festive party, or a stage show. The music selections in the combinations practice and the choreography are different, so you will learn to adapt the steps and combinations to any music.
Presented by Neon with Angelys and Jenna Rey.
Sensual Belly Dance, with Blanca (DVD)
Sensual dance... you know it the moment you see it. It radiates from deep inside; the dancer’s whole body flows like silk, her movements are beautifully interwoven, breathing with meaningful, effortless grace. The ability to move fluidly in this organic, connected way begins with an intuitive knowledge that arises when we are sensually awake.
Sensuality begins inside: It is your enjoyment of the world and your own physicality as perceived by your senses. Sensuality radiates outside: When your mind is receptive to physical pleasure, it translates your sensory experience into sensual movement, giving a fluid, languid, mesmerizing quality to your dance.
As a form of body language, dance speaks the truth of your thoughts and feelings. In bellydance, sensuality has always been one of the most highly prized qualities. Aware of your sensual joy, your audience instantly knows that you are "comfortable with your body" and enjoying yourself. This allows the gift of your dance to be experienced on a higher, richer level.
Sensuality is not a special talent or skill—it is present in all of us. The task is to discover it, cultivate it, and translate it from an internal state to an expressive, easy-to-understand language of dance movement. In Sensual Belly Dance, Blanca, a star belly dancer in New York City acclaimed for the languid, effortless, intoxicating quality of her dance style, shares her ways of expressing sensuality and of adding the flair of sensual grace and ease to every belly dance step - from basic to more evolved.
The core of the program is the Sensual Belly Dance Flow [beginner-intermediate] - sequences of steps building from simple isolated moves to layered. Footwork, arm/hand patterns and head angles are gradually combined for the effect of total coordination and effortless control. Sensuality is translated into dance through "connectedness" — the wave-like echoing and interweaving of movements. A special section of sensual poses and fluid transitions is designed to improve your pacing. Slowing the pace into a still pose helps you to learn measured, uncluttered dance phrasing: In sensual dance every movement is distinct and meaningful; every phrase has its highlight. This section offers the “music only” option — you can follow Blanca’s voice prompts, or enjoy the music-only 40-minute non-stop flow of dance combinations.
In the Technique section Blanca offers a step-by-step breakdown of the movement vocabulary for the Flow and introduces her core method: Progressions —the gradual layering of belly dance moves on footwork with a special attention to body and head angles, arm positions, and patterns.
The last section includes a step-by-step breakdown, a demonstration, and two performances of Blanca's "Venus" choreography [intermediate] - a perfect opportunity to practice sensual belly dance!
The Body Language of Belly Dance: A Choreographer's Movement Catalog, by Neon (DVD)
** THE MOVEMENT CATALOG SERIES: An encyclopedia of belly dance moves. Not a dance instruction DVD. Titles in the MOVEMENT CATALOG SERIES offer a reference source for use by choreographers. **
The Body Language of Belly Dance is a catalog of poses, gestures, arm patterns, hand flourishes, and accents used in belly dance. These are the elements of expressivity, all here for you to add-to or layer-on your dance steps to infuse them with meaning and emotional color, make them evocative, and tell a story. You will quickly find yourself stringing poses and gestures together to transform separate elements into the body language phrases that make belly dance speak.
World Dance New York's new Movement Catalog Series is not traditional dance instruction. Rather, these DVDs are like interactive dictionaries where you can look up demonstrations of specific dance elements. Each element is displayed with an accompanying commentary. The program is 'open level,' appropriate for anyone who is creating choreography.
When you are working on a choreography with The Body Language of Belly Dance DVD on your screen, you will find you have a ready source of moves and inspiration. It is also helpful as a learning tool in that it provides an entire system of moves - not just the few select steps that can be offered in a class or the typical instructional video.
The first section of The Body Language of Belly Dance catalog arranges a collection of dance body language phrases by theme and emotion: Spiritual experience...majesty...sensual goddess... drama and flirtation...compassion...ritual...dream...inspiration...mystery, and other archetypes: A dictionary of emotional flavors. If you are seeking to infuse your dance with meaning and amplify its emotional expressivity, the pose and gesture combinations in this section will help you unlock the story-telling potential in your dance without sacrificing dance in favor of pantomime.
The next section is a collection of arm trajectories - including poses that derive from them, and steps that can be embellished with these arm patterns.
The Trajectories into Phrases section presents elements that turn arm patterns into gestures, and poses into phrases: Entering and exiting poses, preparation and resolution, how to achieve subtle changes of emotional color and high-contrast effects.
The Accents & Angles section explores the role of body, head, and face angles, wrist circles, flips and infinity loops, an array of weight shift variations, turns, and accents, such as head turn, head toss, chest lift, and torso drop, featuring the expressive potential of these elements to form evocative, meaningful dance body language phrases.