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Remember, I am not necessarily "recommending" the items reviewed here. I'm giving you my honest opinion of what I thought of them. I don't always like everything I review.

Do you want to use a video to either learn belly dancing at home or provide a framework for your practice outside of class? Here you'll find Shira's reviews of some of them. Read Shira's Video Reviews: Format & Biases before reading any of these video reviews so you can better understand the format she has chosen for her reviews and acquaint yourself with her biases that may affect the content of her reviews.

StarVideos marked with a twirling star below are Shira's top picks.

Bellydancing Bellydance Bellydancers

Basic Moves Instruction For Beginners

These reviews are arranged in alphabetical order by instructor's first name.

Amira Mor Atea Atea Atea FatChance Cory Zamora Delilah Estelle Goddess Dancing Hilary Thacker Janine Rabbitt Khafif MahishaRamzi El-Edlibi

Opinion Polls Only for "Basic Moves" Videos

Bellydancing Bellydance Bellydancers

Using Belly Dance for Party Dancing

The videos reviewed in this category are for people who just want to learn some belly dance moves for partying with friends or going out clubbing, rather than learn how to perform or "study" proper technique.

Full-Length Reviews

Opinion Polls Only

Neon Neon

Bellydancing Bellydance Bellydancers

Belly Dancing for Children

The following are all opinion polls only, not full-length reviews:

Adry Svraka Amira Mor  Anahata

Bellydancing Bellydance Bellydancers

Belly Dancing for Boudoir Use

All of these are opinion polls only. The videos in this category are ones designed for private "parties", VERY private.

Bellydancing Bellydance Bellydancers

Continuing Education: After Basic Moves, What Next?

Hahbi 'Ru Hilary Thacker Hilary Thacker

Michelle MorrisonSuzanna Del Vecchio


Opinion Polls Only for "After Basics"

Bellydancing Bellydance Bellydancers

Choreography & Combinations Instruction

(arranged alphabetically by instructor)

Amira Mor Delilah Farhana

Hahbi Ru Cymbal Dance

Jamilla Al-Wahid Janine Rabbitt Katia Qadria

Veena and Neena Veena and Neena Veena and Neena

Opinion Polls Only for Choreography & Combinations

Bellydancing Bellydance Bellydancers

Instruction In Specialty Topics

Click on the specialty below to jump directly to the reviews for that skill area:

Abdominal Isolations



Arms & Gestures

Katia Amaya


  • Candles. Taught by Véda Sereem (TM). Opinion poll only.


Opinion Polls Only

Hilary Thacker #2


Click here for reviews of videos on costuming.

Drum Solo

Opinion Polls Only

Jamilla al-Wahid


Opinion Polls Only


Finger Cymbals

Opinion Polls Only

Mesmera Cymbal Dance

Floor Work

Opinion Polls Only

Mahisha Cory Zamora



Glass Dancing

  • Glass Dance. Taught by Véda Sereem (TM). Opinion poll only.

Melaya Leff


Middle Eastern Music & Rhythm


  • Moroccan. Taught by Véda Sereem (TM). Opinion poll only.

Performing Skills


Persian Dance

Persian classical dance is very different from belly dance, but many people who study Middle Eastern dance forms also embrace Persian.

Opinion Polls Only



Opinion Polls Only




Stage Makeup

Click here for reviews of videos on stage makeup which appear on a separate page.


Opinion Polls Only

Farhana Cory Zamora


Opinion Polls Only



This section includes all flavors of the Tribal style that arose in the U.S.

Opinion Polls Only

FatChance Darshan


Opinion Polls Only



Opinion Polls Only



Opinion Polls Only

Amaya Mahisha Cory Zamora Veena and Neena

Warm Ups and Cool Downs

Warm Ups and Cool Downs for Bellydancers. Taught by Qadria. Available in NTSC only.

Opinion Polls Only


Wings of Isis

Wings: The Complete Technique. Taught by Ayshe. Full-length review.


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