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Overall Rating: (on a scale of 1 to 5 stars)
Anaheed teaches floor work technique, at the level of an intermediate dancer who has had no previous floor work instruction. Some of the moves are easy enough for a newcomer to floor work, while others will ensure that you don't outgrow this video overnight. Anaheed is a skilled instructor who demonstrates moves in slow motion and explains them clearly. The production quality is excellent.
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|Recommended Level||Intermediate, No Previous Floor Work Experience|
|Total Video Length||80:57 minutes|
|Performance Time||7:03 minutes (9%)|
|Teaching Time||70:43 minutes (87%)|
|Amount Of "Other"||3:11 minutes (4%)|
|Number Of Models||1|
|Cost Per Minute Of Teaching & Performing Time||58 cents|
|Cost For "Other"||$1.77|
On this video produced by IAMED, Anaheed from southern California teaches an introduction to floor work suitable for intermediate dancers who have no previous floor work experience.
Anaheed opens the video with introductory comments about the history of floor work and how it fits into dance performances today, while the screen shows scenes from floor work performances, historical performances, and paintings. She then moves into teaching several warm ups which are particularly appropriate for developing the strength in the thigh muscles needed to perform floor work. I find her statements about the "performance effect" in which she discusses how moves that are difficult to do in practice come more easily in performance to be interesting and insightful.
Following the warm up, the instructional section is divided into several parts: "Descents", "Seated Movements", "Back Layout Moves", "Side Layout Moves", "Crawls & Traveling", "Floor Work with Veil", and "Ascents". For each of these sections, Anaheed begins with some reasonably simple moves, then progresses to more challenging ones. She shows how to use angles, level changes, and a veil to vary the look of each. The moves taught on this video are, for the most part, the mainstream floor work moves. If you already have a large amount of floor work experience, you probably won't find many that are new to you here. But for someone who doesn't yet have much floor work experience, this video offers a rich, varied selection sufficient to create a performance.
Anaheed's explanations are clear and easy to follow. Her on-screen personality is pleasant, with natural smiles and a friendly demeanor. She demonstrates each move from multiple angles, and shows it slowly, step by step, as well as doing it up to speed. This approach is very effective. Even the modified Turkish drop is demonstrated in slow motion and clearly explained. About the only thing I find missing is advice on how to build flexibility to do some of the more challenging moves such as backbends.
The video ends with a 7-minute 4-part performance which begins with up-tempo music, then slows down for the floor work segment, then moves into a drum solo, and ends with a vigorous karsilama. Although the instructional part doesn't discuss how floor work might fit into a dancer's overall routine, this performance illustrates that point very well. Anaheed is a talented dancer who is enjoyable to watch, and in the floor work segment of this piece she skillfully demonstrates how the moves taught earlier can flow together into a finished dance.
As with other videos produced by IAMED, the production quality of this one is superb. It's well lit, with excellent sound quality. The instruction takes place on an attractive set that isn't too fussy. For each move taught, camera angles are intelligently chosen and they linger long enough to see the move completed before shifting.
In a playful touch, the closing credits share the screen with some bloopers and clowning from the filming process. This shows a taste of Anaheed's fun-loving personality.
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|This video is taught at the level of intermediate or more advanced belly dancers who have had little or no prior experience with floor work. With clear explanations and demonstrations shown from multiple angles, it provides enough information for someone with no prior floor work experience to build a performance. Dancers with significant floor work experience probably won't find much new material on this video, but the tips on difficult moves such as backbend and modified Turkish drop may be helpful for those who haven't mastered them yet.|
|I first met Anaheed at a retreat in 1997, and over the years I have enjoyed renewing the acquaintance at belly dance events. A complimentary copy of this video was sent to me by IAMED, the organization who produced it, to review.|
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