Seven Veils: Romantic Bellydance with Sarah Skinner
This is an INSTRUCTIONAL, not performance...just to make that clear.
Hmm, what can I say about this one....firstly, I know Salome dancing for the head of John the Baptist is in the bible...but do they really need to do a performance where they have a black clothed person, supposedly death, hand Sarah a tray with a black bagged head on it? I liked the rest of the DVD, all the veil moves, floorwork and the costuming section, but was extremely off-put by her "seven sins" performance. I've not used this DVD to learn from yet, and can say that it certainly made me think..."uh no....that can sit on the shelf..."
Overall...dance instruction was good, just not fond of the performance.
Seven Veils is beginner bellydance instruction that will teach you how to perform a romantic dance for a special occasion. Whether it is a birthday party or a personal, romantic evening, this program will teach you the skills and give you the entertainment ideas you need to make your special event unforgettable.
Sarah Skinner, renowned for her passionate, glamorous, evocative dance, teaches you a range of classic bellydance moves that come together into an elegant dance routine, perfect for total beginners and rich in ideas for a special show with an intimate, romantic flavor.
The dance vocabulary is explained and practiced in sections: Hip work, undulating moves, upper body, floorwork, and veil work. Next, Sarah breaks down, step-by-step, her romantic dance routine based on the legend of Salome and her Dance of Seven Veils.
You will begin with seven veils wrapped around your body: In the course of the dance, you will take the veils off one by one. Sarah teaches you how to put on the veils using traditional bellydance veil wraps, and how to take them off in mesmerizing swirls, waves, and cascades.
Enticing and entertaining, the Seven Veils Dance incorporates spectacular veil moves, striking poses, and body angles. It can be performed as a fully-choreographed routine combining veil moves with hipwork, undulations and other traditional bellydance steps, or you can simply follow the outline of the dance, focusing only on the veil moves - a great introduction to veil dance for a total beginner.
Special sections of the program include tips on audience interaction and a step-by-step guide to creating your own bellydance costume from materials widely available at craft stores.
A bonus performance section features “Salome’s Sins” - a dance theater piece presented by Sarah and her group. This fascinating performance includes another version of the Dance of Seven Veils, enriching the program with more ideas on how to design and perform your own romantic veil dance.