Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Bella Donna Bellydance DVD Review
Finally reviewing this DVD online. This was produced from the BellaDonna Dance Troupe based out of Houston, Texas. It is a choreography instruction DVD.
First of all my overall opinion of this DVD is it is great. The choreography is cute, I taught it to my student bellydance troupe Raq Garden. The breakdown of the DVD is each of the 4 dancers teaches a section of the choreography. The best were Tamara and Sahira. Zylona's section in my opinion was the worst. This section is where you "feel" the choreography but doesn't count it out nor does she do the same thing twice. Her performance of this section was poor in my opinion and not helpful if you are trying to learn a choreography, especially if you are not an experienced dancer or a dancer who relies on counting.
They perform each section in the end with each dancer doing their section in costume. In the bonus material they do a group choreo to the same dance with minor changes. The group choreo is great and this is what I taught my students, modified just slightly. Also this choreo features the options with zils. It is just a triplet or a basic beledi. Very easy to do.
There are some portions of the performance I feel are not very professional and at times feel like they just threw it together. There are parts where the dancers obviously don't know their part when they do it as a group and clearly look around at other dancers for guidance. In my opinion I think this is slightly tacky. These girls are billed as a professional troupe and perform many nights a week. I expected a cleaner performance from them on this DVD (I mean you couldn't do it a second time while filming so it looks great?) I mean come on ladies I know you are better than that!!
Overall I do love this DVD, the choreography was a great choreo for my advanced students. We are now performing it on a regular basis. I am very proud of my students! :)