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The Way of the Belly By Neena &
Venna with Nancy Bruning.
This book with DVD is not just about belly dance it is very much
a Lifestyle book - with chapters on pampering your self, (complete
with recipe's for homemade beauty treats) how to dress the belly
way, with costuming tips and advice, as well as recipes for middle
eastern food and general advice about taking good care of yourself
and beating stress.
The DVD is great for the beginner dancer as books just cannot
show you how to dance no matter how many pictures they use!
This would make a great gift for the novice belly dancer in your
"Rediscovering the Oldest Dance : The Belly Dance
Book" - ISBN 0970024703
If you only buy one book about belly dance ever, this
should be the one. It has useful information on essentials such as costuming
ideas, tips on dancing with canes, swords, zils, fire & snakes.
Articles on surviving stage fright, going pro, American Tribal style,
male dances... I could sing it's praises for days, it's worth it's weight
Not currently available via Amazon.co.uk. See
www.backbeatpress.com for more info.
"Serpent of the Nile : Women and Dance in the
Arab World" By Wendy Buonaventura ISBN 1 - 56656-300-3
As a collection of art work alone this book is worth it's
money, it's stunningly beautiful. Wendy Buonaventra is a well respected
dancer and teacher and writes well on her subject, before the "Belly
Dance Book" came along this would have been my recommendation for
the "if you only buy one book category."
of the Nile (Click on the link to buy)
"Nine Parts of Desire : the Hidden World of Islamic
Women" By Geraldine Brooks ISBN 0-241-13492-7
Geraldine Brooks is a western journalist who lived and
worked in various countries in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent
for six years. This book is a fascinating account of the day to day
realities of life for many Arab women, it also offers an insight into
the lives of a few western women who have married Arab men. Chapter
12 is of particular interest to us dancers as it charts Geraldine's
own love affair with the dance.
Parts of Desire (Click on the link to buy now!)
"Grandmothers Secret's : The Ancient Rituals
& Healing Power of Belly Dancing" By Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi
ISBN 1-56656-302-X - Paper Back version : "Belly Dancing"(
This book has many different titles depending on what country and format
it was released in.)
The reminiscences of the authors childhood are wonderful,
but far to brief. All to quickly an impersonal and scholarly attitude
is taken to the work, which after the heady world of the first chapter
makes you feel like you have been abandoned in a barren and desolate
place. Don't get me wrong the later chapters are very informative, but
in a bite size way only. It feels like this book has tried to take on
too much, if it had been purely a personal account it would have been
intoxicating. The book is just too short to do real justice to any of
the history of this ancient dance and there is far too much of the book
given over to descriptions of some of the dance moves. Words alone just
don't work, you need a picture of every stage of each movement as well,
and even then the medium fails as a teacher as there is far too much
room for error. If you only need some abbreviated accounts of all areas
of the dance then this book is for you.
Dancing (Click on the link to buy the paper back version of "grandmothers
"When the Drummers Were Women : A Spiritual History
of Rhythm" By Layne Redmond ISBN 0-609-80128-7
This book is exactly what it says it is, a history of
women drummers - it provides pictures references accounts etc. But I
have to admit even though the book's title inspired me, and I really
wanted to read it...I didn't get very far with it. And I am a devourer
of books and a female drummer so I have every reason to finish it. I'll
have to try and attempt it again soon.
the Drummers Were Women : A... (click on the link to buy)
Finding gym exercise tedious? Bored of your fitness regime and want
to explore a new, challenging and fun way to keep in shape?
Publication Date 27th January 2005 price: £9.99
The 25,000-year-old art of bellydancing is the latest fitness craze.
Legendary instructor Dolphina, whose Goddess bellydance workout has
been practised by such celebrities as Minnie Driver, Pamela Anderson
and Carmen Electra and was featured in Sex and the City, has written
Bellydance, a complete guide that allows you to practise bellydancing
in the comfort of your own home.
'a unique way to exercise mind body and spirit'
Because Bellydance targets specific muscle groups it is very effective
at toning and sculpting the body. This, as well as the beneficial effect
it has on cardiovascular fitness has made it hugely popular as a workout
worldwide. Not only an effective and enjoyable way to stay in shape,
Dolphina believes it is also a 'source of female empowerment' leading
to a 'liberating shift in attitude' which will increase your self confidence.
Bellydance provides a step-by-step visual guide that allows the reader
to follow the movements of each dance effortlessly. As well as exploring
the history of bellydance, the first section explains the basic movement
principles, how to dance to music and what to wear. The second section
guides the reader through Dolphina's Goddess Salutation, a five minute
stretching technique. The third section breaks down the bellydance moves,
demonstrating them in annotated, easy-to-follow, step-by-step sequences
and includes three choreographed sequences.
Bellydance is a sexy, fun, non-impact exercise that burns fat, increases
flexibility and tones the body.
Dolphina is of Bulgarian Gypsy descent. She learnt bellydancing as
a child in Morocco and it was this early background in dancing which
lead her to study at the American Academy of Dance and Drama. She is
also certified by the American Association of Fitness and is a Sivananda
certified yoga instructor. She brought together her expertise in these
various fields to produce the unique Goddess workout regime. She now
owns her own studio in Marina Del Ray, California and teaches bellydance
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