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Previous Entry DVD Review et al Aug. 9th, 2004 @ 07:27 pm Next Entry
So. Went back to the Doc today for a follow-up on the wrist. Still pain, still stiff...so he gave me (yet another) cortisone injection. The pain in the finger knuckle is subdued, but still there. However, my son can now grab my hand to cross the parking lot, and the pain is bearable. So, it's better.

DVD - I got "Tribal Basics Vol. 1" from Fat Chance Belly Dance. All I can say "WOW". It's not an exercise tape - but I expected that. It is a basic lesson. And it's very well done. It's not the same type of dance that the twins do - it's called Tribal Fusion, and is more, for lack of a better word, earthy and natural. Empathsis is on the hips, mostly, and she talks about how women's hips are supposed to move.

The instructor is filmed facing a mirror. You don't have to swap sides in your head to do what she's doing. She explains the movement, demonstrates it, then she and 2 students *do* it.

What I liked best: they aren't skinny little things, like the twins. These women are just that - *Women*. With bellies - I'd give good odds that at least 1 of them has had children. In fact, the blonde is shaped pretty much like *me*.

Her explanations are clear - I finally understand belly rolls now. Still can't execute them, but I know *know* how they are done, and what they are supposed to look like.

What I didn't like: Some of the movements are painfully slow for me. Especially the arm movements, but I have problems with them right now anyway due to the wrist. Some of the movements are a little too fast for me to do right now - the hip shimmy is one. She starts out nice and slow, then all of a sudden is up to full speed (which, granted, is still slower then the twins!), and I don't recall hearing her warn you.

All in all, I like it. I can see that it will become one of my favorites to "work out" to...at least until I master it. :-) Then I'll get vol. 4 (or whichever it is)....2 is makeup and costume, 3 is zills (which I am planning to get).
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