Bellydance: The Next Level

Transitions, Turns & Layers

Intermediate-Advanced Instructional DVD


This DVD includes a warm-up, three practice routines, and two choreographies.

Are you ready to take your bellydance to The Next Level?

You’ve mastered the basic movements, and now it’s time to dance! Most of the subtleties and nuances that show an advanced level in the art of bellydance are best learned by repetition-- the optimal way to achieve grace and fluidity, and to reach the comfort level of a professional dancer. The Next Level includes three sets of drills that, with repeated practice, will bring an ease to the more difficult movements and layers that add texture and dimensions to your dance. The program begins with a warm-up, and continues with the Hipwork and Upper Body Layering sections, each of which flow through variations of the standard isolations and undulations, adding layers such as shimmies and level changes, which will increase your control and range of motion over time. Explanation in these sections is minimal -- here you will learn by actually dancing!

Turns can be a challenge, but will bring an exciting and beautiful dimension of movement to your dance performance. Jenna breaks down some of the more dynamic and complex turns in a methodical, easy-to-follow manner. The turns are then arranged in yet another drill that walks you through each turn first, so that, with practice, you can feel totally comfortable adding them to your repertoire.

Jenna’s two original choreographies will give you a chance to implement many of the layers, turns and transitions you’ve practiced in the rest of the program, stringing them together into beautiful dances that you can make your own – add your personal style, express yourself, and have fun! The process offers more than just the end product of complete dances to perform – by learning the detailed sequences within each dance, your body will automatically become accustomed to many of the transitions used in bellydance to smoothly get you from one move to the next. As these transitions become second nature, you should find yourself bringing new movements and increased confidence to your dance improvisation as well. The first choreography, set to an upbeat saiidi-style piece with a short drum solo section, features percussive accents and shimmy layering. The second choreography is a solo oriental piece rich in musicality and filled with delicious details. Jenna performs each dance for you in different costumes, then breaks each combination down step-by-step with periodic repetitions, finally demonstrating the entire choreography facing the mirror so that you may follow along as if you are right there in the studio!

A cool-down is included to gently relax your muscles after you dance.

The Bellydance: The Next Level DVD is encoded for all regions, produced for NTSC system.

A customer writes...

"This practice dvd is top quality and is a keeper. I am very well beyond pleased. I must say that everything in the video has answered so many questions I had before! As usual, like on your other two instructionals the drills were well explained making them easy to follow no matter how challenging they may be. That's the main thing I loooove about your instruction style, and that I can tell that you are putting a TON of love & detail on what you do. It's the kind of instruction that makes me say AND feel that I CAN DO IT!"

- EB, Washington, USA