Three 15-min. workouts -- coordination/flexibility, veil dance and cane dance -- are built entirely of belly dance moves, allowing dancers to work on their technique while exercising, and offering non-dancers a great workout, together with the opportunity to explore and learn bellydance. This program focuses on coordinating upper body movement with bellydance hipwork. All lower body moves are accompanied with strongly-articulated arm and upper torso patterns. Dance students will benefit from many fun drills and combinations that will help improve upper-lower body coordination, muscle tone and strength of the arms, shoulders and back.
* Belly dance basic moves, cane and veil dance technique tutorial by Tanna
* Where to get / How to create a cane/a veil by Tanna
* Anatomy of upper body movement involved in bellydance by Andy Troy, CSCS
* Pictorial cues and onscreen titles showing the name of each bellydance movement;
* A progress bar shows the number of reps for each move, plus marks the rep you are currently performing.
* Belly dance performance by Tanna
Each 15-min. workout includes: 3-min. warmup, 9-min. exercise session, 2-min. dance sequence (2-3 reps of each move from the exercise session arranged into an attractive choreography), 1-min. cooldown
"When it comes to exercise," says Andy Troy, NYC personal trainer and contributor to the BELLYDANCE FOR BODY SHAPING series, "the muscles of a woman's upper body are often neglected, taking a backseat to lots of cardio along with lower body movements like squats and lunges. While doing this might seem like a good idea it can lead to muscle imbalances and an increased risk of osteoporosis. In addition, skipping upper body work sacrifices the fat-burning potential that some upper body muscle can provide, as well as the edge it gives you in better performance of functional upper body movements."