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Review: Belly Dance Fitness-The ABCs of Belly Dancing

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With 2011 starting and '??get in shape'? resolutions in full swing, what better way to begin a new fitness kick than with a new fitness routine?

Since I love to shake my groove thang to any tune'??rock, house, hip hop, techno'??I thought a belly dancing DVD sounded like a great way to get in shape. Who doesn'??t admire (or secretly want to be) those lovely belly dancing ladies? Flat stomachs, toned arms, sign me up!

So I gave Belly Dance Fitness'??The ABCs of Belly Dancing DVD a twirl (minus the scarf, of course). This program, hosted by internationally known belly dancer Amira Mor, promised to teach you the age-old techniques of belly dancing while toning your body. It also said it would '??set the spirit free,'? but I was ready to just settle for a flatter stomach.

There'??s one thing that the DVD does well'?¦it teaches you the basic movements of belly dancing. They'??re taught in a slow, controlled fashion, so even those challenged in the art of coordination can follow along. Once you get past the '??home video'? feel, Amira is even nice to listen to.

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That'??s where the good experience with this DVD ends. The disjointed flow of the position explanations (broken up by an invasive narrator) made it difficult to create a rhythmic series of movement all at once. The result? You never raise your heart rate. I also was hoping for some application of the movements together, but instead I got a mish mash cheesy ending, with a three-minute '??let'??s all dance together'? Amira and her dancers twirling all over the place.

You'??ll never get a true workout out of Belly Dance Fitness DVD. But I will say that it would be a fantastic lesson to watch before taking an actual fitness belly dancing class. You'??ll get the basic principles, and soon the ABCs of belly dancing will be as easy as 1-2-3.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did get a DVD to test.

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