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Overall Rating: (on a scale of 1 to 5 stars)
This video teaches a collection of step combinations suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. As a companion to a performance video by Delilah titled Fire at the Iao, this video selects a 5-minute segment from that 30-minute performance and breaks down how it was done. The intent is not to teach a specific dance to a specific piece of music to be performed intact (although it could be), but rather to use this improvised performance as a structure for teaching selected step combinations with variations and combining them with transitions to complete a finished dance.
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|Recommended Level||Intermediate or Advanced|
|Formats Available||NTSC, PAL, DVD|
|Total Video Length||65:31 minutes|
|Teaching Time||62:51 minutes (96%)|
|Amount Of "Other"||2:40 minutes (4%)|
|Number Of Models||1|
$39.95 VHS tape edition
$59.95 DVD edition with additional material
|Cost Per Minute Of Teaching & Performing Time||
59 cents (VHS tape edition)
56 cents (DVD edition with additional material)
|Cost For "Other"||$2.00 (VHS tape edition)|
In "A Retro Choreography", Delilah analyzes an improvised performance and teaches the step combinations that it uses. The emphasis of the instruction is on the combinations and showing how transitions can be used to move from one to another.
This video teaches a collection of step combinations suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. As a companion to a performance video by Delilah titled Fire at the Iao, this instruction focuses on a 5-minute segment from that 30-minute performance and breaks down how it was done.
The intent is not to teach a specific dance to a specific piece of music to be performed intact (although it could be), but rather to use this improvised performance as a structure for teaching selected step combinations with variations and combining them with transitions to show they can be used together in a finished dance. The step combinations are interesting, and combine very well together. At the beginning of the video, Delilah offers some insightful comments on how her spontaneous improvised performances (such as the one on Fire at the Iao) tend to be different from her pre-choreographed ones.
The production quality is excellent - the set is not distracting, the lighting is done well, and the sound is easy to hear. Delilah teaches wearing the same white costume she wore in the original performance, and when necessary she picks up her skirt to show what her legs and feet are doing. The camera angles consistently show me what I want to see.
This review is based on the DVD edition of this video. The DVD edition features two of Delilah's programs on a single disk: A Retro Choreography instruction reviewed on this page, and the performance which includes the analyzed segment titled Fire at the Iao. The VHS editions of these two programs are sold separately as two independent videos, although Delilah offers a special price to buyers who purchase both VHS tapes together.
The opening DVD menu presents two choices: The Theater and The Dance Studio. Selecting "The Dance Studio" leads to this instruction as well as the extras that come with the video. Selecting "The Theater" leads to the Fire at the Iao performance of flamenco (by Nikki Conti) and belly dance.
Available on This DVD?
|Fast-forward through introductory screens||Supported|
|Chaptering||Chapter breaks occur everywhere I want them|
|Menu, Sub-Menus||Occur everywhere I want them|
|Fast Forward||Works at all speeds supported by my equipment|
|Forward to the Next Break||Jumps to next chapter break, available where I want it to be|
|Rewind/Reverse||Works at all speeds supported by my equipment|
|Slow Forward & Reverse||Slow forward is supported, slow reverse is not|
|Other Extras||Web club, trailers for other videos, bazaar|
"The Dance Studio" leads to a sub-menu with options for "Play All", "Introductory Comments", "Teacher's Notes", "Preliminary Lesson", and "A Retro Choreography". Under the choice for "A Retro Choreography" is a sub-menu with choices for "Play All", skipping directly to each of the 7 instructional segments, and "Coached Choreography". Everything is chaptered so that a tap of the fast forward button on the DVD machine's remote control will skip forward to the next segment. The chapters include:
I found the approach to chaptering to be satisfactory. Within a chapter, it is possible to rewind and fast-forward at varying speeds. I was able to use all the speeds supported by my DVD equipment.
The Extras choice under The Dance Studio section of the DVD leads to a submenu with these options:
The label inside the DVD package includes instructions for accessing the Visionary Dance Productions Web Club, which is a companion web site specifically designed to complement the contents of this DVD. Whereas some other dancers have distributed companion booklets with their videos, Delilah has opted instead to create a companion web site.
Because the Internet is fluid, with web sites always changing, it is possible that by the time you read this Delilah may have modified the site, either adding new information or removing some things. The information below represents the contents of The Web Club as of early March, 2003:
If you'd like to read my reviews of other videos by Delilah, choose from the list below:
|I first became interested in Delilah when I saw her do a captivating veil work performance at a dance festival called Rakkasah in California around 1986 or 1987. Seeing this performance led me to buy her videos that were available at the time. I was impressed by the rich content and good production quality of her videos. Over time, I sought her out for a private lesson when I happened to be in Seattle, attended some workshops that she taught in my area, and attended one of her retreats. I've been a fan of hers ever since seeing that original Rakkasah performance, but didn't really get to know her until I attended her Inanna retreat in 1997. She sent me a complimentary copy of the DVD edition of this video to review for my web site.|
Contact Delilah as follows:
Visionary Dance Productions
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