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Belly Dancing For Beginners

Belly Dancing For BeginnersBelly Dancing conjures up visions of
  burning sands and the unbridled
  passions of the harem, but it is becoming
  an increasingly popular form of exercise
  for health and relaxation for many
  people in the Western world. Now you
  can learn how to do it from scratch
  thanks to a new DVD — Belly Dancing
  For Beginners
...”

AN EXPRESSION OF JOY and an integral part of magic and religious rituals, Bellydance has long been an important part of culture and tradition in the Middle East.

This sacred dance was once performed solely for women, by women, but troupes of dancers, conjurors and acrobats became adept at the art and were employed to perform at processions and festivities — especially by the Egyptians, who loved pomp and ceremony and bore testament to the dancers' great physical strength, skill, energy and agility.

Bellydance offers many benefits for health and fitness for people of all ages and can aid posture, breathing and balance. It also stimulates the senses, releases muscle tension and improves co-ordination. It is reputed also to heighten love-making when practised often and also to release tension and depression while created a feeling of physical and spiritual well-being.

Belly Dancing For Beginners features internationally-published author Tina Hobin, who takes you through the basic movements and concepts of the dance, stage by stage. She has taught people all over the world and her style is to teach in a simple, easy-to-follow way.

A 'woman of a certain age', Tina proves that she can shimmy with the youngsters who demonstrate the dance movements, Joshna and Sinead. She is very meticulous with her explanations and points out common mistakes. She also takes the time to explain how to do each step and why and Sinead and Joshna demonstrate the movements together to music after each lesson so that you can see how you are progressing.

Belly Dancing For Beginners is one of the best Bellydance DVDs for those who have never ventured into the world of exotic dance before as Tina Hobin masterfully demonstrates both the right way and wrong way to do each movement, taking time to make sure it is easily understood.

Tina takes you through the following routines — Section 1: Hip Rotation; Section 2: Pelvic Tilts and Travelling Hip Pushes; Section 3: Forward Step, Back Step (there are many variations and Tina demonstrates two of them); Section 4: Hip Bounces; Section 5: Camel Rocks, which are a little difficult as you have to remember a lot of things; Section 6: Basic Figure Eight; Section 7: Hip Twists and Shimmy — this is what you have been waiting for: the chance to shine and be more energetic. Once you have mastered the others, this section is the most interesting but more difficult. Another tricky part is often getting the hand and hip movements co-ordinated.

Belly Dancing For Beginners is presented by Tina Hobin and is filmed at Westend Studios, Eastbourne. The dancers are Joshna Hirani Paine and Sinead Russell. It is Produced by Andy Bennett and Directed by Keith Bateman.

You, too, can Bellydance your way to a beautiful mind, body and soul with Tina Hobin on her DVD Belly Dancing For Beginners, out now (released on 5 January, 2009, by Oracle Home Entertainment and distributed by Eureka Entertainment). Catalogue No ORA428 | Barcode: 5060000042832 | RRP: 7.99 | Certificate: E | Running Time: 40 Minutes.

"Belly Dancing For Beginners is one of the best Bellydance DVDs for those who have never ventured into the world of exotic dance before as Tina Hobin masterfully demonstrates both the right way and wrong way to do each movement, taking time to make sure it is easily understood" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar