Some of World Dance New York's fitness programs allow you to explore special genres of belly dance or particular areas of movement skill.
The Belly Dance Rhythms Workout, with Neon (DVD)
The Belly Dance Rhythms Workout is a blend of dance fitness and dance instruction. It offers two non-stop 40-minute movement flows - the workouts - and two tutorial sections, beginner and intermediate. In the movement flows Neon provides a full body workout that’s great for toning and weight loss, and for enhancing your natural grace and flexibility.
Each workout flow features a wide variety of classic belly dance moves assembled into 20 beginner and 20 intermediate belly dance drum solo combinations. Each combination is repeated as a drill: Beginner - slowly 12 times and at a real dance tempo 8 times; Intermediate - slowly 8 times and at a real dance tempo 12 times. You will review each rhythm section and the entire 20-combination sequence in a way that creates an experience very close to actually performing them in a dance show. Each beginner combination is built gradually, during the slow repetitions set.
The beginner tutorial section presents a detailed breakdown of basic belly dance techniques. Neon introduces each move step-by-step and places each one in the context of a dance combination, so that from the very beginning you learn how to combine dance steps and how combinations express rhythms.
The intermediate tutorial section explains the structure of each combination and offers tips on performance and styling.
The movement flows are accompanied by live drumming and are set to the most popular belly dance rhythms with 4 variations for each rhythm: ciftetelli, baladi, saidi, maksoum, and masmoudi. The live drumming includes a bass doumbek to make it easier for beginners to hear the structure of each dance rhythm. Drum rhythms underlie most types of belly dance music, so hearing them is key to developing your musicality as a dancer. In a special section Raquy teaches the structure of each belly dance rhythm and how to recognize it in belly dance music.
Each movement flow can be played with Neon’s voice cues, or with music only.
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).
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.