Shimmering Hips is an instructional video program on one of the most sophisticated techniques of belly dance - shimmy layering. Created by Oriental dance star and acclaimed belly dance instructor Shahrzad, this video workshop is designed for dancers wishing to take their dance art to a new level. In the Technique section Shahrzad offers tips to improve your execution of the main types of bellydance shimmies - Egyptian, choo-choo, twist, and chest shimmy, and in the Layering section she introduces shimmy layering exercises. Shahrzad begins by combining shimmies with slides and weight shifts, and gradually proceeds to more complicated layering movements including circles, figure 8s and traveling steps. Shimmy layering practice is set to drum beats featuring popular belly dance rhythms to help you maintain proper pacing and improve your focus on the musicality of percussive movement. All of the technique and layering introduced in the program is put into several combinations perfect for practice or performance.
Silk Waist - Belly Dance Abdominal Isolations with Shahrzad is a beginner-to-open-level instructional program focusing on the technique of classic belly dance stomach articulations, and on the art of weaving them into the texture of dance. Shahrzad teaches skills that can be used by belly dancers of all levels, in any style of belly dancing.
A long-term training companion designed to advance you to the next level of dance, Angelique’s Bellydance Layering program consists of two main sections: Technique/Drills and Drill Choreography. Angelique teaches 14 combinations covering a wide range of challenging hipwork and upper body layers woven into tight, high-wow-factor, beautifully-resolved moves. She breaks down each combination into its basic components and leads you through practice with music, building up layers gradually, working on each layer to achieve the optimal amplitude and tightness for the most graceful and illusion-enhancing effect. The Drill Choreography is a 5-section sequence of layered moves in a rich and vibrant choreographic texture. These sections are designed to demonstrate organic placement of layered moves in a dance context, and to commit the layering techniques to your muscle memory. Each section is taught step-by-step and accompanied by a practice session.