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Hi All - Thanks for the great topic! I think that that 'pure belly dance' can certainly be used as a fitness tool, but I would certainly try to stay with the dancers rather that the fitness gurus. Unfortunately it seems as if lots of 'fitness folks' think they are qualified to teach belly dance by watching a few DVD's or taking a few classes.
The great thing about the dance is the amount of resources from fabulous dancers we have available on DVD and streaming. If you are unable to find a great class in your area I would check out any of the Cheeky Girls Production DVD's produced by Michele Joyce. These tend to be fabulous resources at a very reasonable cost. www.cheekygirlsproductions.com/store /h ome.php?cat=298 You can also purchase these DVD's though Amazon.
Aziza's Belly Dance Practice Companion is one of my all time favorite workouts. The 21 minute shimmy drill will not only kick your rear, but it will also increase your stamina and range of movement as a dancer. Hands down this is one of the best purchases I have made as a dancer. (Believe me, I have close to 100 instructional DVD's- It's a sickness really :) www.bellydance.org/shop/aziza-ultima te -bellydance-practice-companion-p-280R>.html This is also usually available on Amazon, however it is temporarily out of stock.
Workshops are another great resource. I was petrified for my first few workshops- but the dance community is so fabulous! They are almost always welcoming and you can generally find workshops that cater to all levels. I would suggest checking out a belly dance specific forum to find out as much information about the workshop instructor as you can. www.orientaldancer.net/ and www.bhuz.com/ are great forums to learn about workshops, DVD's and instructors that you can take advantage of.
Also, Suhalia Salimpour has streaming classes online. www.suhailaonlineclasses.com/about/ It is expensive, but you certainly get your money's worth if you take advantage of the classes. I will definitely say her classes are not for the faint of heart! They are HARD, but if you are looking for the fitness aspect, she will certainly kick your butt- I think of her as the 'Jillian Michael's' of belly dance. There are a lot of folks that love her style/hate her style- but she will make you a strong dancer!
Sorry to go on for so long- just finished this season of Project Belly Dance (Belly Dance Reality Show- Awesome!!!) www.topbellydancer.com/s2e1.html So I am a bit pumped at the moment!
Thanks you guys for the great tips and info. I think I'll give the BD fitness class a shot since it's only like $7 to do a one-hour walk-in class. If I like it I'll probably pay up fron for a package of classes since they're pretty significantly discounted when paid monthly and up front.
Thanks for that web address, I'll take a look at that today.
Another source of free instructional videos online is Mahin's Daily Bellydance Quickies. It's a daily e-mail that she sends out. At least a couple days a week, she links to a short (5-min) video she made that goes over a move, choreography bit, or zill pattern. Once you get to the link, you'll see a lot of videos from previous weeks on her channel (she's been doing this a couple years now, so there are a lot of them). You can request things for future videos. Sign up for the e-mails at her website http://www.shes-got-hips.com/
The other days' e-mails contain links to videos of other dancer performances, other sites that talk about dance or middle eastern culture, or Mahin's blog where she goes into more detail on some topic. It's always interesting.
I think belly dance fitness is more focused on moves that will provide a lot of cardio and keep you moving -- kind of like an aerobics class using belly dance moves as the basis. A regular belly dance class would focus more on technique and would likely have a lot more downtime as you go over moves more thoroughly. A regular class would, hopefully, provide more instruction on stuff like choreography, musicality, costuming, etc, that someone who is just doing it for exercise wouldn't care about.
I bought the DVD of Rachel Brice, for tribal fusion bellydance and there are a lot of DVD's, for example: pops, locks and shimmies with sadie and kaya. It's a lot of shimmies and I suck at it, but you can even download it, so no costs. It will teach you mofe movements, so in the end you will be able to make your own dances and then you get your own exercise... And if you love to try a new moevment but don't know how, just find a dvd for it.
I think pure bellydance focusses on the technique, while fitness focusses on stamina etc. I think a combination of both is probably best for losing weight and gaining strenght. But with pure bellydance, you wil be looser and more flexible (that's my thinking, have no evidence)
find something you like, even if it is fitness... I started zumba on dvd and I love it. But then, I have taken bellydance classes for about 6 years and can do some routines for myself... I would love to be able to salsa :) Maybe after my wedding I will start that or ballroom... good luck!
My favorite belly dance class was moved to a time and day I simply can't make, it was a pure belly dance class. I'm wondering what the difference is between a "Belly Dance Fitness" class and a traditional Belly Dance class. There are a couple BD fitness classes I can make/afford but since I don't particularly like the videos I'm seeing online labeled as BD Fitness, I'm not sure they're worth going to.
I really want a class atmosphere to belly dance in as it keeps me more accountable and I get more out of time with a teacher. Right now I'm doing my dancing via Bellydanceboulevard.com videos on youtube and I'm content for the time being.
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