Rosa Noreen’s Delicious Pauses: Negative Space in Movement
I had the pleasure of taking Rosa Noreen’s Delicious Pauses workshop at the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive in 2011. The workshop was fun and challenging, and this DVD is perfect for bringing home the workshop.
Negative space–that is, non-movement–is definitely an underutilized technique in belly dancing. This DVD presents a topic that is completely new and fresh and interesting.
There’s plenty of excellent content in this DVD (available on Amazon or Rosa Noreen’s shop for $22.00). This seems like such an easy topic at first, but it really isn’t! Pausing in dance, in the heat of the moment, is HARD. But Rosa’s explanations are perfect for incorporating stillness into your dance. Many dancers–including me–are afraid of not moving on stage (“if I stop…they’ll see how scared I am!!” or “I’ll bore the audience by just standing here!”), so these techniques are a must for any dancer wanting to advance their skills and get over that nervousness. What I also like about this DVD is that it is not a beginner-level topic. The movements themselves are not explained; her only explanations are how to utilize stillness within those movements. This is great for more advanced dancers that don’t need to sit through (yet another) teacher’s technique explanation.
Rosa first presents the methodology behind Delicious Pauses (which makes me smile any time I watch it) and the techniques (who knew how many different pauses there are!?). She then goes on to explain how to incorporate the different types of pauses into some common belly dance moves. There are also sections for structured and improvised drilling of each movement with those pauses, which I think is fantastic. Few DVDs incorporate time for improvisation drilling. There are also two challenging combinations on the DVD, but both are clearly explained and drilled. The combos perfectly integrate the techniques learned in the previous sections into a fun and beautiful dance.
The DVD itself is set up well, with easy navigation, a good menu, and correct chapter breaks. The only problem is that, in some of the chapters, the sound quality isn’t the greatest. You can still understand Rosa with no problem, and the music is perfect, but her voice occasionally sounds a little tinny.
I definitely recommend this DVD, but remember, this is not a beginner-level topic. It will be a challenge for intermediate students, and a good review/driller for more advanced dancers. I will certainly be trying to use these techniques in my own dance!
(Parts of this review are on Amazon)