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Overall Rating: (on a scale of 1 to 5 stars)
This video teaches how to do basic belly dancing moves. I was disappointed with the quality. If you have only a limited amount of money available to spend on belly dance instructional videos, I wouldn't recommend this one. There are better ones out there.
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|Recommended Level||Total Novice|
|Total Video Length||41 minutes|
|Performance Time||3 minutes (7%)|
|Teaching Time||36 minutes (88%)|
|Amount Of "Other"||2 minutes (5%)|
|Number Of Models||3|
|Cost Per Minute Of Teaching & Performing Time||90 cents|
|Cost For "Other"||$1.71|
In general, this video teaches beginning-level fundamental belly dancing moves. It starts with hip movements, and goes on to show some undulations. Each move was presented as an isolated element. There was no attempt to get the student using the video to practice putting them together.
Overall, production values were rather poor. The two women demonstrating the moves wear leotards with hip scarves, which would have been fine except that it was difficult to see the movements of one of the models because her leotard color blended into the background. The video was shot in a studio with poor lighting. It was bad enough to have one of the models blend into the curtain behind her, and the poor lighting made this problem even worse. The camera never moves--it appears to have been set on a tripod and left unattended while the entire video was shot. The set is acceptable, but not special. At one point, while Ramzi is demonstrating stomach rolls, an offscreen telephone rings and he interrupts his teaching to pay attention to it--that scene should have been reshot.
For the most part, each movement is introduced by first having Ramzi perform it at full tempo to musical accompaniment. Then the scene switches back to the dim studio, where Ramzi describes how it is done while the two women demonstrate it. Ramzi plays a drum accompaniment as each move is practiced for 16 repetitions.
For the most part, the moves were appropriately easy for beginning-level dancers. I was puzzled by the decision to include the Moroccan accent moves, because these sexual thrusting moves would alienate many North American audiences. Although there is a legitimate time and place for these moves, they're not ones that I would teach to beginners unless I also provided an explanation of when they're appropriate versus when they're not. The Arabic walk (3/4 shimmy) and wahdah noss moves might be a little challenging for a brand-new beginner, but a determined student could probably figure them out. I was a bit disappointed with the belly roll instruction on this video because it incorporates rib cage and spine motion, whereas belly rolls should be taught as an isolation of the abdominal muscles with the rib cage and spine remaining still.
At the end, there is a brief performance by the two women wearing full belly dancing costumes. Their costumes are pretty. I found their dancing to be good, but not special. There is no performance by Ramzi himself.
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|I have no relationship with Ramzi El-Edlibi to disclose. The only contact I've ever had with him occurred when I received an e-mail advertisement from him regarding a workshop he was teaching. I sent him a reply asking for details about his video (price, how to order) so I could include that information in this review, but the correspondence ended after he responded.|
If you want to order this video, contact Ramzi El-Edlibi as follows:
Phone: (+1) (718) 956-3656
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