DVD Review: Drum Solo with Sadie

It isn't a secret that my personal belly dance idol is and always has been Sadie. It was almost ten years ago that I fell in love with her style of belly dancing, and so far no one else has surpassed her in my eyes (and after getting to know her personally, I doubt anyone ever will).

What this DVD has to offer:

Sadie begins with explaining the sounds of the drum and what kind of movements they signify for the dancer. She then teaches combinations and techniques for a drum solo that can be used in her choreography or separately in your own choreography. Sadie uses these combinations to teach her choreography for a two and a half minute drum solo routine that is both challenging and creative.

The DVD ends with a performance of the drum solo that was taught on the DVD and another drum solo to live drumming by Amir Sofi.

This DVD is not for beginners! You should have some knowledge of belly dancing before you attempt this choreography!

My thoughts:

I really liked this DVD because it is still challenging to me today. It simply never gets old! It's the perfect combination of choreography that is exciting for someone who is trying to build their repertoire and for someone who has been dancing and performing for years.

Cons: In the beginning of learning the choreography, Sadie teaches a combination, then does that combination to music. In the combinations that follow, she doesn't do that combination to music before moving on to the next combo. I wish that she would teach a combo, practice a couple times without music, practice a couple times to the music, and then do the choreography from the beginning, incorporating the new combination. What I like to do is pause the DVD and run through the choreography with the music a few times before moving on to the next combo.

The music used for the drum solo is called "Drum Solo" by Isis and the Wings of Isis & Dr. Samy Farag. It can be found on the CD "Belly Dance Party".

Here is the performance of the choreography learned in this DVD:

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I fell in love with belly dancing when I was 16 years old. I was a Russian dancer with a group from my church and we were performing at an international party when I saw belly dancing for the first time. I couldn't stop watching the dancer and decided from that point on that I would focus all of my dance energy on belly dancing. The rest is history...


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