Shira's Video Center:
Reviews of Performance Videos

With so many videos of dance performances to choose from, how do you locate ones that match the kind of dancing you like to watch, and how do you make an informed decision on which one to buy?

On this page, Shira offers reviews of performance videos.

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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.

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Oriental Dance by Middle Eastern Artists

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.

Full-Length Reviews

Rare Glimpses
  • StarRare Glimpses. By Ibrahim "Bobby" Farrah. Available in NTSC. Archival footage of an 1897 dancer, a Moroccan Guedra, Nadia Gamal, and more.

Opinion Polls Only

There are so many belly dancing videos available, that it's impossible to review them all! Here are opinion polls for performance videos that I haven't yet been able to review. If you're familiar with any of these, please vote to let everyone else know what you think of them! If you're not, visit the poll to see how other people felt about the video.

Egyptian Dancers:

Compilations of Multiple Dancers

Dina

Fifi Abdo

Lucy

Naima Akef

Samia Gamal

Soheir Zaki

Tahia Carioca

Both Egyptian & Lebanese Dancers:

Lebanese Dancers:

  • Nadia Gamal Also sold under the title Belly Dance Archives: Nadia Gamal, "The Legend"

Turkish Dancers

Syrian Dancers

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Oriental Dance by Artists from Outside the Middle East

Many talented dancers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world have embraced the raqs sharqi (belly dance, Oriental dance) performing art that originated in Egypt and Lebanon. Here are reviews of some performance videos featuring dancers who are not originally from the Middle East.

Full-Length Reviews of Videos Featuring Individual Artists or Ensembles

Amira Mor De Ann Adams Delilah's Iao Maha Margo Abdo O'Dell Suzanna Del Vecchio Suzanna Del Vecchio

Amira Mor

  • Behind the Veil. Solo performances featuring Amira Mor. Available in NTSC, PAL, SECAM, DVD.

Awalim Dance Company

DeAnn Adams

  • De Ann's Dream. Still photos and performances by "the Dream Dancer" of Light Rain, De Ann Adams. Available in NTSC.

Delilah

  • StarFire at the Iao. Produced by Delilah. Belly dancing by Delilah and flamenco performance by Nikki Conti to live music. Available in NTSC, PAL, DVD.
  • Dance to the Great Mother. Performed by Delilah. Available in NTSC. In her third trimester of pregnancy, Delilah celebrates through dance her connection to her unborn child.

Maha

  • The Deer Of Paradise. Performance by Japanese dancer Maha and her Al Camarani dance ensemble. Available in NTSC.

Margo Abdo O'Dell

  • StarTajdeed. By Margo Abdo O'Dell. Available in NTSC and PAL.

Neon

Suzanna Del Vecchio

Full-Length Reviews of Videos Featuring Compilations of Several Distinct Performers/Ensembles

 IAMED 4 Hollywood

Raja Raja

Neon Neon

International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED)

Raja

  • Dancing Live to Raja. Performances by 5 different dancers to live music, primarily composed by Raja Zahr. Available in NTSC.
  • Dance Illusion. Performances by 3 different dancers, primarily to music composed by Raja Zahr. Available in NTSC.

World Dance New York

Opinion Polls Only

Full-length reviews are not available for these videos, but you can see how the Internet dance community voted on this video and cast your own vote if you've seen it.

Amaya & Bert Balladine

Art of Dance LLC

Aswan Dancers

Beledi Productions

Delilah

Elizabeth "Artemis" Mourat

Farrashah

FatChanceBellyDance

International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED)

Kathryn Ferguson

Mesmera

MIC Sound for Art Production

Michael Drumm

  • Temptation of Bellydance. Produced by Michael Drumm. Performances by Isidora Bushkovski, Sadie, Raya, Viktoriya and Layla Isis.

Miles Copeland

  • Bellydance Superstars. Produced by Miles Copeland. Performances by Suhaila Salimpour, Jillina, Sonia, Amar Gamal, Rania, Ansuya, Rachel Brice, Tamalyn Dallal, and Dondi.

Natural Journeys

Niosha Nafei

Raja

Robyn, the Masked Belly Dancer

Robyn Friend

Sarah Skinner

  • Belly Dance Drum Solos. Dance performances by Bashirah, Raja, Sarah Skinner, and Autumn Ward. Drumming by Carmine T. Guida, David Buchbut, and Bashirah.

Sphinx Records

  • Arabian Melodies. Originally produced by Sphinx Records, now sold by Hollywood Music Center, performances by Suhaila Salimpour, Alia, Sahra, and Shadiah.

Yasmina Ramzy & Arabesque Dance Company

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Folkloric Dance

Oriental dance (belly dance) isn't the only dance form that originated in the Middle East and North Africa. The region also has a rich tradition of other types of folk dances. Here are reviews of videos featuring folkloric performances.

Morocco Hahbi 'Ru Iraqi Variety Folk Dances Adam Basma Egypt

Opinion Polls

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Theatrical & Experimental Presentations

Middle Eastern dance has inspired many artists to explore new directions, using Middle Eastern themes as a starting point. Here are reviews of some videos featuring a theatrical view of this art form:

Goddessdance Initiation
  • Goddessdance. Produced by Jehan. Available in NTSC, PAL, and SECAM. Featuring performances by Jehan, her dance company, and guest dancers.
  • Initiation. Produced by Paulette Rees-Denis. Available in NTSC. Featuring performances by Paulette, Gypsy Caravan, and guest dancers.

Opinion Polls

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