Sadie’s Complete Bellydance Guide ☺
There's a lot to like about this DVD and a wealth of information to learn, so I think it's a "must have" for any bellydancer's DVD library. There are a couple of niggling faults (see below) - but they're not bad enough to spoil the value of this excellent production.
The "Complete" title is well justified - all the basic moves are covered, broken down in detail and then drilled, including variations. There's plenty of material for all levels of belly dancer here. The whole thing is topped off with a nice choreography.
Yet again, the warm-up is composed of stretches, straight out of a 1980's Jane Fonda video. Fitness instructors stopped doing this dangerous stuff 10 years ago - it's about time belly dance teachers caught up! It's not a real problem though - fast-forward through the first section and start with the arms workout instead. The warm-up isn't the only place I felt where Sadie's advice was a bit outdated - her isolations aren't always truly isolated, for instance, and at one point she tells you to "lock your knees" (these days we know knees should never be locked!). Overall, though, the instruction is good and I've found this DVD an excellent resource to drill practically anything.
One more small point - it's a shame Sadie didn't include a complete run-through of all the drills without narrative, for those (like me) who like to use the DVD for regular practice. You can work around that, but it means you'll be making good use of your remote control!
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