Bellydance by DolphinaOctober 3, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions, Website | 2 Comments
This slickly produced, slim volume with its clear demonstrative photographs is produced by DK and authored by Dolphina, the American dancer/fitness instructor responsible for the Goddess Workout videos.
It focuses primarily on descriptions, accompanied by colourful photographs, of some basic movements, with instructions for some very simple beginners’ movement sequences. Costuming and music are also briefly covered, and the summary of bellydance history was, I felt, over-simplified with some inaccuracies.
I enjoyed the description of basic posture and the technique comments included with the step instructions. All of the dancers demonstrating the steps are slender women with immaculate American tans!
Although the book is structured as a workout manual, no warm-up is recommended before the stretches to maximise their safety and usefulness, which I have noticed in various videos and classes from American teachers. I would be interested to know if other New Zealand dancers have noticed the same pattern.
The book is easy to flip through, and includes an index.
This is an attractive introduction to bellydance for a complete beginner.
Reviewed by Mellissa