Shira's Video Center:
Catalogs, Buying/Using Advice, Reviews

Videos for belly dancers have grown to be a large market. The bulk of them are instructional videos either introducing the dance or focusing on particular specialties. Some offer fitness workouts based on belly dancing moves, and others showcase performances. There's also a small number of documentaries featuring related topics.

With so many videos to choose from, how do you locate ones that match your interests, and how do you make an informed decision on which one to buy? If you've purchased an instructional video, how do you structure a study-at-home session to gain the most value from it?

On this page, Shira brings all her articles, reviews, and advice about videos to a single place.

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Remember, I am not necessarily "recommending" the items reviewed here. I'm giving you my honest opinion of what I thought of them. I don't always like everything I review.

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Opinion Polls and Surveys: Videos and You

Now you can share what you think of the videos you have watched! In every video review below, there's now a poll that lets you say how much you liked it when you watched it. Make your opinion known today!
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Belly Dance Videos Yahoo Group

Shira has started the Belly Dance Videos group on Yahoo to provide you with a place where you can:

  • Ask other people's opinions on videos you're thinking of buying
  • Give people your input on videos you've watched
  • Advertise used videos that you're trying to sell
  • Discuss anything else video-related that you want to talk about

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Video Reviews

Do you want to use a video to either learn belly dancing at home or provide a framework for your practice outside of class? Here you'll find Shira's reviews of some of them. Read Shira's Video Reviews: Format & Biases before reading any of these video reviews so you can better understand the format she has chosen for her reviews and acquaint yourself with her biases that may affect the content of her reviews.

StarVideos marked with a twirling star below are Shira's top picks.

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Reviews of Performance Videos,
Hollywood Harems, & Operas/Ballets

Click here to see my reviews of more than 20 videos, and to vote in more than 15 opinion polls for ones I haven't reviewed yet.

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Reviews of Instructional Videos

Explore full-length reviews of over 40 instructional videos and opinion polls for more than 20.

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Reviews of Fitness Videos

Explore full-length reviews and opinion polls for fitness videos leading exercise workouts based at least partly on belly dance moves.

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Reviews of Documentaries

Click here to read reviews and vote in opinion polls on video documentaries related to topics of Middle Eastern dance, music and culture.


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Reviews of Motivational & Inspirational Videos

  • Belly: Overcoming Bulimia. Produced by Filmakers Library. Available in NTSC. The story of how a young woman overcame bulimia, and the role belly dancing played in her recovery.
  • Healing Dance. (2005 DVD edition.) Taught by Tahya. Available in NTSC, all regions. An introduction to belly dancing for women who are recovering from breast surgery or other devastating medical conditions and need healing for both body and soul.
  • Healing Dance. (2002 VHS tape edition.) Taught by Tahya. Available in NTSC. This version has been discontinued, and replaced by the DVD edition. The review remains online for archival reasons.
  • Dance to the Great Mother. Performed by Delilah. Available in NTSC. In her third trimester of pregnancy, Delilah celebrates through dance her connection to her unborn child.

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Movies from the Arab World

Many of these movies made in the Arab world contain either dance scenes or famous songs (or both). All are opinion polls only.

The menu for these opinion polls appears on a separate page.

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Hollywood's Harems

Click here for full-length reviews, mini-reviews, and opinion polls of mainstream movies from North America and Europe that have Middle Eastern themes.

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Cartoons Featuring Oriental Themes and/or Belly Dance

Click here to view the opinion polls and view information about cartoons with Middle Eastern themes.

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Operas Set in the Middle East

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Other Web Sites With Product Reviews

So, you didn't find the review you were looking for on this page? Maybe it has been reviewed on someone else's web site.

Click here to go to the section of my Links page for sites that contain product reviews. Maybe one of them has reviewed the product you're looking for.

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