Learn the Lost Art of Floor Moves
Learn the Lost Art of Floor Moves by Cory Zamora
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2002, (apparently region free), run time 62 minutes.
Cory Zamora is a long time dancer and instructor in Fresno California who has produced several instructional videos. This one demonstrates and teaches floorwork, a beautiful part of our artform which is, unfortunately, not done as often or as well as it perhaps should be.
Disclaimer: I've exchanged numerous emails with Ms. Zamora as she has taught several male dancers at her studio in Fresno, although I cannot claim to know her well.
Like all of Cory's videos, this is a no-frills, no-nonsense, get the job done production. It is divided into three parts.
The first part is an innovative interview format. I've never seen this done for an instructional video. Cory is interviewed about floorwork and restaurant dancing in general. Her answers, both verbal and by showing "live" video clips of the subject matter at hand, instruct us in the history of floor work, as well as her personal philosophy as to the "why" of these moves.
One answer really stands out: She discusses "tall girl" vs. "short girl" movements and possiblities. I have only ever heard this concept to this detail from exactly ONE other teacher (also an "old school" gal like Cory). Most teachers tend to gloss over this idea with a vague "do what your body allows" - which is true enough, but I like Cory's explaination and level of detail!
The next section is the actual instruction. Cory brings a "tall girl" dancer named Petra to demonstrate the differences that tall folks may encounter. Cory teaches and demonstrates several different ways to get down to the floor, some very beautiful possiblities of what to do while you're down there, and how to get back up gracefully - including what to do if you have problems getting back up!
She even shows us a turkish drop in slow motion! I wouldn't try to learn the Drop from this one demonstration (and indeed, that isn't the intent), but it is nice to see this.
The last section is a performance segment. As usual, Cory is well worth watching, although the video is a bit on the dark side at times. First, she demonstrates floorwork, and another segment shows her dancing and collecting tips.
What I liked about this video:
Cory's clear instruction, good demonstrations, wonderful movements and good lighting so we can see what she's doing. I really liked the interview format. It wouldn't necessarily work for every Belly Dance video or every situation, but it is effective here.
Being a philosophical kind of guy myself, I enjoyed hearing her philosophy of the "why" of floorwork.
Its a DVD! YAY!
What I didn't like about this video:
Editing was a bit rough in spots, although the camera work was good.
You can purchase this video from Cory's WebSite.
Note: If you purchase this video on the used market, you should know that a small number were released with a blooper where Cory's slow motion Turkish Drop demonstration is missing, but the rest of the video is identical.