So, I’ve decided to start up a new project. It just came to me, spur of the moment. I’m going to go through all of my various dance DVDs from beginning to end. There’s sooooooo much content I’ve skipped or missed over the years, and a few DVDs I’ve never even opened! (Furthermore, I’ve told myself I can’t buy any new DVDs until I do all of the ones I have…although I have at least one preordered. ;)
They’re arranged alphabetically on my shelf, so I started with Anaar’s Dark Imaginations. (Okay, “D” doesn’t come at the beginning of the alphabet, but Mr. Sparkly filed it under “Anaar.”)
What I liked: This DVD was really fun because it taught me some stuff I’d never seen before–and HELLA gothy stuff, at that. I also like that the moves were demonstrated, then broken down, then drilled. I felt like just the right amount of time was allotted to each. I marked this one as “intermediate” because it doesn’t spend time on basic stuff, although the moves demonstrated aren’t super hard. At the end there are two performances–quite long ones. I didn’t care too much for the first, but the second was AMAZING and SUPER FUCKING CREEPY. I loved it so much.
What I didn’t like: There’s no real warmup or cooldown included. I’m kind of lazy when it comes to doing my own, but I guess that’s kind of my fault rather than Anaar’s. ;) Her speech throughout is very slow and deliberate, which I guess helps for learning, but it seemed really unnatural. The religious/ritual stuff gets a bit heavy-handed at times, but it’s not like that isn’t advertised on the case. It just wasn’t especially my cup of tea. And most of all I wish there had been MORE content! There are only a handful of moves taught here, and they were all awesome. Let’s have more, please. ;)
New things I learned: A weird glide-y traveling move called the “slide” and a creepy-ass crouching arm thing called the “spider”, among others. Also a touch of drama in the arms.
Gothiness: ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠ ☠ AND a motherfucking pentagram ⛧
Overall rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♡
You can buy this DVD at http://www.anaar.info/slides.html