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West African Dance Vol 1 DVD

West African Dance
West African Dance Vol 1

Experience the power of moving to the irresistible dance grooves of West Africa. African Dance is intense, centering, uplifting and ecstatic. The roots of Hip Hop and many other popular dance styles can be found in these traditional steps.

Join dancer/choreographer Abdoulaye Camara of Guinea, West Africa as he takes you step by step through five dance routines. Abdoulaye has taught students of all ages for many years and is especially skilled at breaking down steps into simple movements.

Dances included on this DVD are Yole, Kuku, Tiriba, Mandiani and Telefone. Students may chose which dance they want to learn or "play all" and get a great workout by going through all five without stopping. Each dance chapter is presented in three segments: 1 - Dance steps are broken down and taught one at a time; 2 - The entire dance is shown from the back view; and 3 - The dance is performed up tempo by Abdoulaye, front view.

YOLE - A traditional mask dance from the Temne people of Sierra Leone near the Guinean border. It is danced by young and old at nearly all festive occasions.
KUKU - From the forest region of Guinea, a rhythm originally used to welcome initiates back into the village.
TRIBA - A welcoming dance of the Baga people of north western Guinea.
MANDIANI - A traditional Malinke rhythm from eastern Guinea, originally danced by the young girls of the village before coming of age.
TELEFONE - A recently composed rhythm and dance, Telefone refers to the role the drum plays in bringing people together as well as the communication between the drum and the dancer.

Video: 90 mins. (2004)
DVD - All Region


Yamama CD

Yamama CD
Yamama CD

The irresistible dance grooves from the West African Dance Vol. 2 DVD are played on traditional instruments by world class drummer/percussionist Jason Hann. Contains Soko, Soli, Sinte, Yamama, and Kassa plus Telefone from the West African Dance Vol. 1 DVD.

Jason Hann is an International percussionist in every sense of the word. He has toured and recorded throughout the world with an amazing variety of global musicians including Prince Diabate (Guinea), Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Mansour (Iran), Aloke Dutta (India), Khaley Nguwell (Senegal), and Prince Eyango (Cameroon).

Artists that he has worked with in the U.S. include String Cheese Incident, Vinx, Rickie Lee Jones, Darius Rucker (of Hootie), Andre Crouch, Zoo People, Brian Hughes, Alana Davis, and the legendary Isaac Hayes. His highlight solo performance was in Istanbul where he accompanied his own DJ set with live percussion, and included guests from the famous Turkish band Mogullar.

Produced, arranged, and mixed by Jason Hann. All percussion instruments played by Jason Hann. Instruments on the CD include: Djembe, Dununba, Sangban, Kenkeni, Kenken, and Djabara.

SOKO - Traditional rhythm of the Komanko people of Guinea’s Faranah region. In a traditional context it is played for and danced by the uninitiated during the months preceding the male initiation rite. Today it is popular throughout Guinea for weddings and other ceremonies.
SOLI - From the Malinke ethnic group, traditionally used during the circumcision ritual that proceeds a boy’s initiation into manhood. The fathers elect the wise man who will watch over the circumcised boys throughout their initiation, which lasts four weeks.
SINTE - From the Susu ethnic group of coastal Guinea, danced all year round at various village gatherings.
YAMAMA - From the Susu ethnic group, also called “Mamaya”. The women of the village get together once a year to honor the female spirit of Yamama. On this occasion they ask her for what they will need in the coming year; more rain, plentiful harvest, fertility, etc.
KASSA - A traditional Malinke rhythm from Upper Guinea played at all events linked to harvest as well as to encourage farmers as they plant and harvest their crops. The workers may have to walk miles from field to field and Kassa is sometimes played while the workers walk to the next field.
TELEFONE - A more recently composed rhythm from Guinea. Both rhythm and dance were created by Master Sekouba Camara in 1995. Telefone (French spelling) refers to the roll the drum plays in African culture which is to bring people together. Before the telephone people used drums to communicate from village to village.

48 mins. (2006)


African Dance Workout with Debra Bono DVD

African Dance Workout with Debra Bono DVD
African Dance Workout with Debra Bono

A high intensity cardiovascular workout utilizing African dance movements from various cultures with a small upper body strengthening segment at the end.

The music which fuels the dance is a mixture of African and Caribbean rhythms and melodies. You may find it more comfortable working barefoot only if you are accustomed to taking class that way. However, wearing good, supportive sneakers will aid in supporting all lower body joints. Try wearing your lappa, kanga or sarong to get into the style. Drink water throughout the workout and if movements feel uncomfortable, feel free to modify them. Make sure to control your motion and you'll feel the intensity.

Warm Up: 7 minutes, Aerobics: 40 minutes, Cool Down: 3 minutes and Upper Body: 5 minutes.

Video: 55 mins. (2008)
DVD - All Region


Dances of Ecstasy - A Sensory Journey Though Rhythm, Dance and Music DVD

Dances of Ecstasy
Dances of Ecstasy DVD

Dances of Ecstasy is a mesmerizing journey into the world of ecstasy experienced through rhythm, dance, and music. It's a visual and aural feast for the senses blending exciting dance rituals, hypnotic imagery, interviews, and a spellbinding global music soundtrack.

DVD 1 - Interweaving traditional and contemporary ecstatic dance rituals, Michelle Mahrer and Nicole Ma's celebrated documentary film explores how different people around the world connect with a divine power.

Orisha priestesses from Nigeria and Brazil and shaman healers from the Kalahari and Korea pulse to the same beat as thousands of young people at an all-night techno dance party in an Australian forest. The many different experiences of trance are linked by the human need to connect with a spiritual dimension.

Dances of Ecstasy is a visual and aural feast for the senses blending exciting dance rituals, hypnotic imagery, interviews and a spellbinding global music soundtrack. Visit Namibia (San), Korea (Kut), Nigeria (Yoruba), New York (Gabrielle Roth), Brazil (Candomble), Turkey (Whirling Dervishes), Morocco (Hadra), USA (Firedance) and Australia (Rainbow Serpent Festival) during a trance journey into divine sources of universal energy.

Enjoy four illuminating documentaries about various rituals portrayed in the film, or select the filmmakers' audio commentary which describes their experiences while shooting all around the globe. Finally, there is the opportunity to have a closer look at Sufi Dervishes' whirling ritual in an extended portrait of this fascinating ceremony.

DVD 2 - Join in and 'do it yourself' with a complete Power Wave workout by New York urban shaman Gabrielle Roth, or dance your own dance to the global grooves tracks, with psychedelic visuals by D-Fuse. There are also two hidden bonus videos by One Giant Leap and James Asher.

This is a 2 DVD set!
Video and Audio: 290 mins. (2009)
DVD - All Region


Christy Lane's Tinikling Today in the USA DVD

Christy Lane's Tinikling Today in the USA
 Tinikling Today
 

Tinikling is a traditional folk dance that originated in the Philippines. It is performed by jumping and dancing over long poles to music. It has become a popular fitness activity in schools and with youth groups. It is a fun and effective way to work the cardiovascular system while learning rhythm, balance, strength and coordination. Today it is performed to contemporary, fun music!

This DVD and CD-Rom combination pack includes the basic techniques, skills, drills, music, guide and 3 great routines to make your Tinikling experience easy and fun to do! Written and produced by national dance educator, Christy Lane.

Video: DVD - 40 mins.  CD-Rom - 30 mins.  (2006)
DVD - All Region


Gypsy Heart: The Heart and Soul of Flamenco Dancing DVD

Gypsy Heart The Heart and Soul of Flamenco DancingThe story of Omayra Amaya's unusual life as a flamenco dancer in Boston. The program is a tribute to her struggle to keep a fiery dance form from burning out in this chilly New England city.

Also included is dazzling historical film footage of Amaya's great aunt, the legendary Carmen Amaya, considered one of the greatest flamenco dancers of all time, as well as rare archival footage of Gypsies flamenco dancing in Spain.

Video: 50 mins.  (2005)
DVD - All Region


Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theatre DVD

Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance TheatreThe 19-member Grupo Corpo, Brazil's most popular contemporary dance ensemble, constructs adventurous feasts for the senses. With captivating performances presented throughout the world, Grupo Corpo presents an in-your-face spirit and sense of full-out dynamism that is visually riveting and viscerally charged. Its compelling style grafts the pliancy of modern dance and rhythmic complexity of Afro-Brazilian dance onto ballet.

Video: 129 mins. (2004)
DVD - Region 1 (North America)


African Grace: West African Dance for Cardio with Debra Bono DVD

African Grace: West African Dance for Cardio with Debra BonoA performance based dance from West Africa molded into a cardiovascular workout for your pleasure, sweat and entertainment. Learn all the moves, then put them together to perform for yourself.

This 55 minute workout offers a faster version of the finished dance for those who want a greater challenge. A small abdominal session is included at the end to target waistline muscles. Intensity level: Beginner/intermediate.

Video: 62 mins. (2004)
DVD - All Region


Hula for Everyone - Your Complete Hula Lesson DVD

Hula for EveryoneImagine learning the Hula with the magical island paradise as your background. Be enchanted by the melodic sounds of Hawaii and inspired by the voice of experience of "Taina".

Now you can learn to do the Hula with these easy step-by-step lessons. Each basic step is taught with music, which conditions the dancer to feel the rhythm from the beginning. Each lesson progresses from simple movements to those of increased difficulty and speed. Each song is taught by a phrase or verse at a time. The first time through, the music and dance is slowed down for learning; the second time through is at performance speed. The instructor has designed the movements in reverse allowing the dancer to follow each lesson in a mirror-like fashion.

Learn 6 basic steps in its variations: Koholo; Ka'o, Kawelu, Kahela, 'Ami, and Lele. Learn 4 Hula songs: Dance Hula Girl, Blue Hawaii, Pua Iliahi, and Hawaiin Wedding Song.

Taina Passmore is an Island dance instructor who has had years of experience as a dancer and choreographer. She is the producer of the Memories of Paradise shows in Hawaii.

Video: 63 mins. (2002) Taina Passmore
DVD - Region 1 (North America)


Hula for Children DVD

Hula for ChildrenPut on your grass skirt and hula with the best of them. This video teaches the hula with three easy step-by-step lessons, each a little more challenging than the last. Surrounded by the lush and beautiful scenery of Hawaii, the skilled hula instructor will encourage your child to feel the rhythm of the music as they dance to the traditional hula songs, "Kaholo-Hula", "Pearly Shells", and "Hukilau".

Video: For ages 4 - 10. 25 mins. (1997)
DVD - Region 1 (Canada, United States; U.S. territories; Bermuda)


Multicultural Folk Dance: DVD, Audio, Guide - Volume 1

Multicultural Folk Dance Video, Audio, Guide - Volume 1Each of the dances is taught by a native of the country from which the dance originated or by an expert in that particular dance form. Wearing traditional costume, these teachers instruct the dance and then the dance is demonstrated by a group.

Use this video in combination with the companion guide and quality music to learn about, experience and appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures! An excellent visual and audio resource for learning the most popular multicultural dances today.

These dances were selected based on a teacher's survey throughout the United States. Included is step-by-step instructions for the following dances: ISRAEL/Hora; HAWAII/Hukilau; SERBIA/Savila Se Bela Loza; USA/Virginia Reel; GERMANY/d'hammerschmiedsgselin; GHANA/Highlife; ROMANIA/Alunelul; CHINA/Chinese Ribbon Dance; MEXICO/El Jarabe Tapatio.

Video: 57 mins. (2007)
DVD - Region 1 (North America)


Multicultural Folk Dance: DVD, Audio, Guide - Volume 2

Multicultural Folk Dance Video, Audio, Guide - Volume 2Each of the dances is taught by a native of the country from which the dance originated or by an expert in that particular dance form. Wearing traditional costume, these teachers instruct the dance and then the dance is demonstrated by a group.

Use this video in combination with the companion guide and quality music to learn about, experience and appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures! An excellent visual and audio resource for learning the most popular multicultural dances today.

These dances were selected based on a teacher's survey throughout the United States. Included is step-by-step instructions for the following dances: GREECE/Syrtos; JAPAN/Tanko Bushi; CANADIAN/Les Saluts; ITALY/Tarantella; RUSSIA/Korobushka; ENGLAND/Gathering Peascods; PHILLIPPINES/Tinkling; IRELAND/Siege of Ennis; HUNGARY/Dunantuli Ugros.

Video & Audio: 59 mins. (2007)
DVD - Region 1 (North America)


Multicultural Folk Dance Treasure Chest: DVD, Audio, Guides - Vols. 1 & 2

Multicultural Folk Dance Treasure Chest: Videos, Audio, Guides - Vols. 1 & 2 Includes both Volumes of Multicultural Folk Dance, directly above.

Video & Audio: 116 mins. total. (2007)
DVD - Region 1 (North America)


Instructional Classical Persian Dance: Level I DVD

This video is an introduction to the Persian style of dancing, with emphasis on posture, position and movement of the arms and hands, and rhythmic foot patterns.

This condensed program consists of 10 different steps, broken down to be easily practiced in sections. Those steps are then put into a choreographed sequence, with counts. The program ends with a staged performance of the choreography by three Shahrzad Dance Academy dancers in full costume.

Video: 30 mins. (1997)
DVD - Region 1 (North America)


Instructional Classical Persian Dance: Level II DVD

Instructional Classical Persian Dance Level II Intended for the intermediate dancer, this video introduces new, more complex movements in the Persian style. Beginning with a warm-up, this program includes a set of arm/hand/foot exercises specific to the Persian style of dance. It ends in a staged performance with two dancers performing a longer variation of the routine demonstrated in the program.

Video: 60 mins. (2001)
DVD - Region 1 (North America)


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