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are streaming videos better than DVDs?

Are streaming videos better than DVDs? There’s a good case for it! I love settling in to watch my favorite shows on DVD; but for learning bellydance, I think being able to choose which how-to video to watch – without using remotes and scrolling through DVD menus – is quicker and simpler.

For instance, the Playlist I put up recently on Level One material contains these separate videos:

  1. Promo (free)
  2. Intro to TOBD (free)
  3. Formation Drill (free)
  4. 7 combos and cues
  5. “Follow me” Duet Demo (that’s me and Al-‘Anqa dancing together)
  6. Lead-changing techniques for Duets
  7. Lead-changing in ANY formation
  8. My classroom tips for efficient teaching
  9. 2 endings; and how to Exit the performance space.

That’s a lot of info – on the DVD they were arranged in two separate menus. In the Playlist, you can see them all at a glance and choose the one you need. Easier, yes? It’s GREAT for pulling out just what you want to practise (following one of the dancers in the Duet Demo is SUPER when you’re dancing at home!).

tribal bellydance duet

dancing as a synchronized duet, with no choreography

And having the videos right on youtube is SO much easier than having to join a separate site and sign up for monthly access or whatever. I know that’s how I’d want to do it if I were taking online classes.

So I’ll probably change the Promo clip soon as it’s all about the DVD; and other fun how-to ideas are in the works right now – BUT, it’s tax time so…

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online streaming videos now available!

I love how learning bellydance at home gets easier and easier! I’m excited to offer the TOBD Level One material online now as Streaming Video – it’s comparable to the Foundation DVD, and available to watch anytime.

I’ve arranged several pre-recorded videos into a Playlist on youtube: “Tribal Odyssey Level One”; and I’m working on the next levels as well…

This material can take a bellydance troupe onstage to dance together without choreography – all included in Level One. And, these slower combinations are the ones I use when introducing students to finger cymbals  – and THAT video is coming soon too. It’s so much easier to help students learn to play cymbals with TOBD than it was without – for that reason alone I’m glad I developed this format!

Here’s it is: the Level One TOBD Playlist.
An Access Pass is just $24.00; and for a limited time, a full 18-minute Warmup Routine is included free.

Contact me (Kawakib) for details; it’s easy – no monthly fees, no membership required.  If you can watch youtube videos you can watch these Streaming Videos – you just need a youtube account.

belly dancing

dancing together

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new promo video released

Due to legal issues I had to quickly redo the Level One instructional DVD, and it’s out now – here’s the promo video on youtube: Tribal Odyssey trailer

The original DVD’s been pulled from production although

DVD cover

available at TOBD website

there are still some copies out there, which is fine with me.  But the wounds of my failed business partnership are too fresh to go into details now – let time do it’s healing magic and allow me to regroup for a while.  At least this lifts a load off my mind and I can move on with more energy.

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