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A Review of

World Dance Aerobics

by Keti Sharif

 

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Summary

 

Overall Rating: StarStarStarStarStar (on a scale of 1 to 5 stars)

Keti Sharif and two assistants lead a 43-minute aerobic workout designed to drive the heart rate into the cardio zone. The workout is based mostly on belly dance moves, but also contains some samba and other Latin dance as well as some yoga. World Dance Aerobics by Keti Sharif

 

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Fact Sheet

Exercise Type Cardio
Recommended Fitness Level Somewhat fit or fully fit
Recommended Dance Skill Level Intermediate if you have previously worked with Keti's A-Z Bellydance and Advanced A-Z Bellydance; Advanced if you have not
Overall Rating StarStarStarStarStar
Production Quality StarStarStarStarStar
Content Value StarStarStarStarStar
Total Video Length 45:51 minutes
Time Devoted to Workout 43:26 minutes (95%)
Time Devoted to "Other" 2:25 minutes (5%)

 

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Description

This 43-minute aerobic workout is designed to drive the heart rate into the cardio-vascular zone. It is based primarily on belly dance moves, but includes some samba, some Latin, and some yoga. The belly dance combinations are drawn from two of Keti's earlier instructional videos, A-Z Bellydance (Original) and A-Z Advanced Stage. The routine consists of three primary sections, as follows:

  • Vitality. This is the warm-up section, which is about 17 minutes in length. It starts with mild activity such as the step-hip to get the muscles moving and promote increased circulation. It gradually turns up the heat, preparing the body for the high-intensity section to come.
  • Ultra-Fit. This is the high-intensity part of the workout designed to drive the heart rate into the target zone for cardio-vascular conditioning. It consists primarily of samba and salsa moves, with a small amount of belly dancing and the high-impact African shimmy.
  • Shape. This ends the workout with some low-intensity movement such as snake arms to keep the blood from pooling in the extremities and includes some yoga stretches. The yoga poses used are primarily triangle, warrior, cobra, and downward dog.

The three sections are designed to be used together, encompassing warm-up, high-intensity exercise, and cool-down. If you wanted to use them separately, you would need to add your own warm-up and cool-down as needed. Within each section are sub-sections, each centered around 3-4 different step combinations from Keti's A-Z instructional videos. This structure allows for the overall routine to have some variety, but repeats the step combinations in each section enough times to start feeling comfortable with them before moving on to the next section.

The cueing for which step comes next is handled effectively. Keti identifies which combination is coming up, and on-screen text identifies which one it is. This helps someone who has learned the combinations from her two earlier A-Z videos to quickly identify what's coming, and it helps someone who is seeing these combinations for the first time recognize when something used earlier is reappearing. To assist people who have not previously studied her earlier videos, Keti calls out what to do for each component of each combination, and text at the bottom of the screen reinforces this.

For people who have Keti's A-Z videos, it may be helpful to review these combinations before doing this workout:

  • From A-Z Bellydance (Original): A, C, F, G, K, L
  • From A-Z Advanced Stage: B, C, D, E, L, N, P, R, S, W

Generally speaking, the cueing is done well enough, and there's enough repetition, that I find I can keep up even without having studied with the A-Z videos, but I think it would take an experienced dancer to do this. It would have been nice if the DVD had included a "tutorial" option on the main menu on how to do two or three of the more challenging combinations. The actual footage from A-Z Advanced Stage could have been used, and appropriate introductory comments or on-screen text could have spun it into a promotion for that video - "This is a sample of the combinations taught on A-Z Advanced Stage, if you enjoy these, you can find more like them on that video."

Keti leads the workout with two fitness models, Paola and Suzanne. Throughout the routine, both assistants demonstrate the moves exactly the same way as Keti does them. There is no differentiation of "watch this person for low-key, this one for moderate". All three dancers are very fit and toned, well qualified to be leading a workout of this sort. Keti narrates the cueing on-screen, while doing the moves along with her assistants, and I'm very impressed that she doesn't seem to be at all breathless even in the most intense parts.

Some of the music is Middle Eastern, some Latin, and some has more of a New Age feel. I find that generally speaking I like the music on this video better than what I've heard on other belly dance workouts.

The production quality is excellent. It is always easy to hear Keti's cueing above the music, and it is always easy to see what the workout leaders' bodies are doing. The clothing worn by the three workout leaders matches each other, and varies from one section to the next, which helps keep the video interesting to watch. The set also varies from one section to the next, sometimes indoors, sometimes outdoors. The camera work and editing are among the best I've seen on a belly dance fitness video. As each combination is introduced, the camera stays back far enough to show the full bodies of the fitness models. Once the combination has been repeated a few times, only then does the editing allow for a close-up. The credits identify the workout leaders and the music used, which is one of the CD's produced by Keti.

 

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Is It Right for You?

You Will Probably Enjoy This Video If

  • You want a cardio-oriented workout that will drive up your heart rate.
  • You like using a mixture of movement styles (belly dance, Latin, yoga) all in the same routine.
  • You have mastered fundamental belly dance moves such as undulations, circles, and shimmies layered over other moves.
  • You can keep up reasonably well with combinations being introduced on the fly.
  • You have mastered the combinations in either Keti's A-Z Bellydance video or A-Z Advanced Stage (or both).

This Video Probably Isn't Right for You If

  • You struggle to keep dancing for more than 15-20 minutes continuously.
  • You function best when combinations are introduced gradually, with some details explained.

 

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What I Liked, What I Didn't

What I Liked:

  • The workout is designed well the for its intended cardio benefit.
  • The workout is varied, and stays interesting through the end.
  • The production quality is excellent.
  • The sets are attractive.
  • The combinations are consistent with Keti's overall format.
  • The credits Identify the music used.

What I Didn't Like:

  • In a couple of places, the cueing doesn't quite keep up with workout.
  • It may be difficult to follow for people unfamiliar with Keti's A-Z step combinations.

 

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In Conclusion

This workout is an excellent choice for experienced belly dancers who want to drive their heart rate into the cardio zone. Beginner or early intermediate dancers would probably find it too difficult, and people who aren't accustomed to cardio exercise may find that they're not ready for it yet. But if you fit the profile of an intermediate (or higher) dancer who likes to do aerobic exercise on a regular basis, this workout is definitely worth a look.

 

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Reviews of Other Videos By This Instructor

If you'd like to read my reviews of other videos by Keti Sharif, choose from the lists below.

Instructional Videos:

Workout Videos:

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Disclosure

Keti has sent me several of her products to review here on my web site, including this video. We also had an opportunity to meet in person on one of my trips to Egypt.

 

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To Buy It

Phone: (+61) 412747447
Web Site: www.ketisharif.com
E-Mail: keti@iinet.net.au

Or, purchase from Keti's U.S. distributor at:

International Dance Discovery
PO Box 893
Bloomington, IN 47402-0893

Phone: (+1) 812-330-1831

Web Site: www.allaboutbellydance.com

 

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