The day of the DVD while not quite over has certainly diminished substantially over the last few years. And they should
- They’re expensive – You can still pay as much as $35.00 for a single DVD. You have to wait for them to be shipped. If you’re inspired you want your video right now. Not in 5 or 10 days.
- They’re prone to being scratched. A DVD does have a shelf life and they will wear out, get scratched or lost – and if you lend them to a friend ………? They’re bulky and not easy to share. Most dancers accumulate not just 1, or 2 belly dance instructional DVDs, but 5, 10, 15, or more. Pain in the you know what when you want to share them.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not anti-DVD. I just believe that they are finding their logical and most useful place; as a back up. Online videos are great but it’s nice to have something physical in your hands should you not have an internet connection or if (God forbid) the battery goes out on your phone.
Introducing the Belly Dance Leyla Style Belly Dance Mobile App
The Hip Phylosphy Belly Dance Mobile App contains 11 different instructional videos, access to over 200 belly dance articles, podcasts and more and as of this writing it’s available for only $2.99 and a 5 day free Belly Dance Village membership where you can access over 35 full length online belly dance classes.It’s a ridiculously low price I know but it is an introductory price and it will be going up. Consider the value.
Belly Dance Basics for the Beginning Belly Dancer
If you’re a begininng Belly Dancer, Belly Dance Basics is the place to start. You’ll start from the very beginning learning the correct posture for your body, basics comginations and thrusts and more. The vidoes are broken into 6 segments and you’ll be methodically stepped through a series of lessons that make it easy to learn.
Correct Posture and Positioning; Belly Dancing requires a specific posture. You’ll learn how you should posture and position your feet, knees, hips, abs, chest and arms.
Basic Single Hip Thrust: The basic hip move is a called a thrust or a bump. You’ll learn how to correctly thrust from left to right in a way that builds balance between both sides of your body.
- Hip Circles: Following posture, positioning and thrusts you’ll learn what is called a hip circle and combining your thrusts with your hip circles. A hip circle is a soft move in contrast to a thrust which is a sharp move and you need both in a choreography.
Combining Thrusts and Circles: After learning posture, positioning, thrusts and circles you’ll learn how to bring the sharp thrust and the soft hip circle together to begin to round out your basic hip work.
- Double Thrusts With Circles: The basic thrust is called a single thrust but things get a little spicier when you learn how to combine double and single thrusts with your hip circles.
Singles Doubles and Chest: Moving from your lower body to your upper body you’ll learn the basic chest circle to go along with your thrusts and hip circles and as you move from lower to upper and begin to understand and feel the source of movement, which is essential to your development.
Bring It All Together: With the proper posture and positioning and foundation movements you’ll learn how to bring all of it together; single thrust, double thrusts, hip circles, chest circles and basic arms you will begin to see and feel and see yourself as a Belly Dancer.
Leyla , I really liked this video. I could feel the muscles being worked. I like how you broke it down and so that someone who has never belly danced before can follow along and actually learn the moves….Deanna
I Finally Understand – Thank You, Thank You
I just watched the video and started practicing and I love it………… I love how you explain. Finally I think I can do it because finally I get to understand.
Thanks a lot…Lilliam, Nevada
Viewing your videos have inspired me to continue with belly dancing .you have shown a professional motivation and care in teaching.
Thank you for your assistance. Shadow
Side To Side Makes it Easier:
I love the way you are showing how to do these moves. By showing the moves from the side, it makes it easier to see what you are doing . You have tremendous talent. I look forward to trying to learn more. Thank you, Pam
Lost 10 Pounds
I love her videos and how she explains things. I wish I lived closer, as I would definitely be begging for lessons in person. :I have lost over 10lbs so far with her free beginning videos online. I wish I lived closer, as I would definitely be begging for lessons in person. 😀
6 Combinations for Speed & Balance
This drummer accompanied 50 minute belly dance instructional video for the beginning-intermediate dancer has a little of everything. Sharp moves, soft moves as well as some layering. You’ll strengthen up your core, your quads, build muscle memory and give you a bit of a workout. As well this video comes with written text of the combinations.
Student Friendly: Combinations are demonstrated and explained without rush in simple terms.
Easy To Understand: Divided into short 7 to 10 minute segments so you can digest and apply the instruction quickly and not get overwhelmed.
Easy To Learn: Moves are demonstrated from the front, side and back making it easy to for you understand and learn each move completely.
Connects The Dots: A progressive series of videos. Each segment builds on the previous so as they get more challenging, you’ll be able to understand how they go together.
Anglea Dickson, Atlanta, Ga
This is not your “everyday” same ole style of teaching/instruction, not the same moves taught over and over. The clarity of instruction is outstanding. Leyla breaks down move with all 4 sides demonstrated with each drill broken down clearly and in detail. If you’re a beginner you will love the introduction to new steps. intermediate dancer learn new combinations and build core strength and strengthen your legs and quads.
3. Hip Control Belly Dance Video – 30 Minute video
One of the keys to having great hips is hip control and balance. With my students (even the beginners) I stress the importance of working both right and left sides. Your audience will be able to tell if you’re favoring one hop over another and if you begin your belly dance journey knowing how important it is to have hip balance then learning new moves as well as choreography will come a lot easier to you in the future.
4. Footwork and Balance Belly Dance Video – 30 Minute Video
This set of drills will help you with your basic footwork and with your balance. Having good footwork and having sharp crisp hip with powerful choreography goes hand in hand. These drills and combinations will help you with both your
5. Back Corner Thrusts
This 25 minute instructional video is for the beginning-intermediate dancer and these back corner thrust combinations are a bit different than the way others teach the move.
6. Choreography Help to Get in a Choreography State of Mind
I don’t usually teach a “like me” Choreography. Rather I prefer to teach dancers how to put their own choreography together so they can develop their own style. However, if you’re just starting out with Choreography, or if you need a little push, then this 35 minute video will get you in a Choreography state of mind. I will walk you through step by step putting together a very basic choreography where we do it together. It’s perfect for anyone who needs help getting started out with Choreography or just needs a bit of help getting through a choreography block.
7-11. Five Egyptian Goddess 6 to 10 Minute Videos
For the mobile belly dancer who is pushed for time, watching a full length 30, or 60 minute video might be a problem and sometimes you just want a new move or combination without having to watch a full length video. Well if you’ve felt this way than these 6 videos are for you.
Uniquely named after six different Egyptian Goddesses there is no video longer than 10 minutes and each is a unique and different combination.
- Goddess Anquet
- Goddess Hathor
- Goddess Isis
- Goddess Atum
- Goddess Sati
Other Hip Phylosophy Belly Dance Mobile App Features
Belly Dancing is not all moves and combinations. There is a soul to this dance and that’s why you get convenient access to a podcast as well as close to 200 articles from my blog. I
Hip Phylosphy Belly Dance Mobile App is Available for Android or iPhone for Just $2.99
As of this writing the app is available for just $2.99. Yet is it ridiculously low which means that I guarantee you that it will not stay this low forever. The price will be going up. This is a special introductory price and really with 11 videos, articles and podcasts I guarantee you that you will not find a better value anywhere on the planet.
Of course if you prefer to pay $35.00 for a single DVD you can. And you can wait the 5 to 7 days for it to arrive. Or you can go rent a video for $10.00, but without a doubt you will not get this much instruction anywhere for this price.
The Hip Phylosophy Belly Dance Mobile App is available for the iPhone and the Android device and all you have to do is click on one of the icons below and within a matter of minutes you’ll be on your way
About Belly Dancer Leyla Najma
I’ve been teaching belly dancing for close to 20 years and have taught more than my fair share of belly dancers how to dance. I’ve owned my own studio, produced over 35 instructional DVDs