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Overall Rating: (on a scale of 1 to 5 stars)
Why I gave it 3 stars:
There were a number of good things about this video: the decision about which moves to teach, the good-quality lighting and sound, and the beautiful single-veil performance. If you already know a little bit about American-style veil work and you'd like to learn more, you'll probably find this video useful. But it had some issues that led me to feel it didn't deserve more than 3 stars. The flow of information confused me at times -- for example, Mahisha interrupted her veil instruction to discuss the importance of taking good care of your costume. She never actually said how to take care of it, and then went right back to her veil instruction as though nothing had happened. There were also several bloopers, which should have been re-shot and edited out.
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|Recommended Level||Intermediate with some prior exposure to veil work.|
|Formats Available||NTSC, PAL, SECAM|
|Total Video Length||75:00 minutes|
|Performance Time||11:53 minutes (16%)|
|Teaching Time||62:15 minutes (83%)|
|Amount Of "Other"||:52 minutes (1%)|
|Number Of Models||1|
|List Price (as of April 28, 2001)||$26.95 for NTSC (North America)
$30.95 for PAL & SECAM
|Cost Per Minute Of Teaching & Performing Time||36 cents for NTSC
42 cents for PAL & SECAM
|Cost For "Other"||31 cents for NTSC
36 cents for PAL & SECAM
The primary purpose of this video is to provide instruction in American-style veil work. Mahisha also spends time discussing and demonstrating proper posture. There was an overall sense of informality about the video that gave the impression I was in Mahisha's classroom and she was sharing her knowledge with a room full of students.
For this video, Mahisha wore a black leotard, white tights, and gold dance belt with beaded fringe. This ensemble contrasted appropriately with the background light gray curtain, making it easy to see her moves. Her blue veil contrasted sufficiently with her clothes to be easy to see.
The video opened with a few introductory words about which fabrics work best for veil, but I felt this section could have benefited from more information on how to make a veil. It then moved into teaching a wrap and several moves, all using a semicircular veil. Later, it introduced a rectangular veil and covered additional moves that are particularly well-suited to that shape. It closed with two performances, one focused on the moves that had been taught, and the other involving a 7-veil dance.
Mahisha talked a little about how to spin without getting dizzy. This is an important subject for learning veil, and I was glad she addressed it. Many people who teach veil don't include it. She provided good, useful information, but I wish she would have covered it in more depth.
At one point Mahisha emphasized the importance of taking good care of costumes. Unfortunately, she didn't provide clear recommendations on what to do. I found that by listening carefully I could figure out what she meant, but she should have been more specific and provided more clear, actionable steps that people could follow.
|If you're an intermediate- or advanced-level dancer who loves veil work and you already have at least a little experience with veil, you'll probably enjoy this video, and there's a good chance you'll learn something new from it. The production values have some warts, but the critical issues of lighting and sound are handled well. I enjoyed it despite the issues I pointed out, and I do recommend it.|
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