Improvisation Toolkit Volume 2: Structure

 

Improvisation Toolkit Vol. 2: Structure

Approximate Runtime: 110 minutes
List Price: $29.95

“Before [working with the Improvisation Toolkit], the idea of dancing to music I didn’t know or dancing without choreography or doing ATS/ITS would have me breaking out in a cold sweat… I never would have dreamed that I could do this and enjoy it so much.  Thank you for making this possible.”
– Kezmaya of Tassellations

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Do you worry about boring your audience,but “scribble” when you try to do more ?

Many dancers try to make their performance interesting by adding more “stuff”: more moves, more layers, more complexity.
All too often, that degenerates into a sloppy mish-mash of moves.
 

That’s called scribbling, and it’s a quick way to lose your audience’s attention.

You see, the more you throw into that mish-mash, the harder it is for your audience to follow your train of thought.  They can’t keep up, so they start to lose interest.

You can tell they’re getting bored, so you worry that you aren’t "good enough".  You throw in even more stuff.  And they get even more overwhelmed.

Before long, you’re frantically ploughing though every move you know.  But you’ve already lost them.

So how do you break that cycle?

What most dancers don’t realize is that interesting dancing doesn’t need a lot of "stuff" – it needs structure.

In Volume 2 of the Improvisation Toolkit, you’ll learn how to structure your belly dance improvisation using:

  • Continuity
  • Alternation Patterns
  • Theme & Variation
  • Compositional Skeletons
  • Safety Riffs

These tools will help you create a logical framework for your dance, so it will make sense to your audience.

Making the Conceptual Practical

Concepts are no good to you if you can’t draw on them while you improvise. So I’ll include a wide variety of exercises to help you internalize these concepts. These will include:

Sample Combinations

These are simple combinations that demonstrate the concepts. These only require advanced beginner technique, so dancers at any level can learn these ideas. More advanced dancers can use them first as a learning tool, and then as a base for more complex combinations that still make sense to the audience.

Guided Exercises

These allow you to practice improvising with these concepts in a safe, guided environment. These will be demonstrated first on-screen, then by voice-over, since you can’t learn to improvise by following along with me.

Journaling

To help you integrate these ideas into your own personal style.

Video Analysis Exercises

These empower you to expand your own structural repertoire by reverse-engineering how your favorite dancers organize their performances.

A Plug & Play Choreography

This will help you take these concepts out of the studio, and practice them in the context of a performance.

Improvisation doesn’t have to mean chaos.

With each structural concept you add to your toolbox, your dance will become more organized and make more sense to your audience.

And with plenty of guided, step-by-step practice, using these tools will soon become second nature, so you’ll never have to scribble again.

Extra Goodies

You didn’t think you were just getting a DVD, did you?

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Free Bonus Downloads:

For a limited time, you can download alternative versions of some exercises. These will help keep you on your toes once the exercises on the DVD become too familiar. You’ll find the download URL and access code printed on your DVD.

Study Guide

Study Guide (Premium package only)

This 23-page eBook is both a study guide and an "expansion pack".

It includes exercises, tips and suggestions to help you get the most out of your DVD, as well as additional exercises to help you expand on what you’ve learned.

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But Wait!!! Do you have Volume 1 yet???

Before you buy Volume 2, I strongly recommend that you work with Volume 1: Movement Recall. Movement recall is the foundation of improvisation, and it’s an important prerequisite for the rest of the series. You can work with this volume first, but you’ll get a lot more out of it if you start with Volume 1.

 

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Study Guide (worth $25)

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Need a PAL-formatted version (most of Europe, Australia, and NZ)? See Notes for International Viewers below.
 

Shipping charges for one DVD:

US: $3.00
Other countries: $10.00
 

Shipping charges for two DVDs:

Order Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 together, and save on shipping.
US: $4.00
Other countries: $11.00

(Important: this only applies to two DVDs purchased in a single order. If you place two separate orders, you’ll be charged the single-DVD rate for both. To order both, add Vol. 1 to your cart on this page, then go to the Vol. 1 page, add it to your cart, and then check out.)
 

Notes for International Viewers

All my DVDs are region-free, so they’ll play on any DVD player. However, I only keep the NTSC-formatted version in stock. That means that unless you have an NTSC television (or a converter), you won’t be able to watch it.

I’m closing out my stock of PAL-formatted DVDs, but I still have a few copies available. Contact me to order.
You can also buy the PAL-formated version directly from the manufacturer.
 

Not sure which format to buy?

NTSC is the standard format in the US, Canada, and Japan.
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PAL is the standard format in most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
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Please check your TV format before you order. I’ll be happy to exchange it if you choose the wrong one, but I’ll need you to pay the shipping costs both ways.
 

Still Not Sure if The Toolkit is For You?

For the time being, I’m offering a “break the shrink wrap” guarantee. If you work with Volume 2 of the Toolkit and don’t feel that is has been of value to you, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price, minus shipping.

And not only THAT, but the bonus DVD and downloads are yours to keep.
 

Why Do That?

Because I’m a video junkie myself. I know how disappointing it is to buy a video and then discover that it wasn’t what you need. I’m hoping that this will catch on and become the industry standard.
 

Is There A Catch?

There sure is. This return offer only applies to those of you who:

  • Order your DVD directly from me (rather than through Amazon or another retailer)
  • Actually work with the DVD before the deadline and don’t get any value from it

I have only your word to go on, so please be honest! If my return policy is abused, I won’t be able to offer it in the future.

Also: I’m closing out my PAL stock, so the guarantee only applies to my NTSC-formatted DVDs.
 

Why Isn’t It No-Questions-Asked?

A money-back guarantee isn’t just about the money. My guarantee is also there to help you get results sooner.

How many times have you bought a video you were really excited about, and then left it on the shelf unopened?

Under my return policy, you have to try the program in order to get the refund, and you have to do it within 30 days. If you don’t actually try the exercises, you don’t qualify.

This gives you an incentive to get started right away. And the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll seee an improvement in your improv skills. Even more importantly, those quick results will help build the momentum to carry you through your improv journey.
 

The Fine Print:

In order to get your refund, you must:

  • Contact me within 30 days of the date your video is postmarked to ask for a return authorization number
  • Return the video to me at your own expense, postmarked within 5 business days of the date I send you the return authorization.
  • Include the authorization number in your return.

If you have any questions about the return guarantee, feel free to contact me.
 

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Special Thanks

This DVD features music from “Belly Dancing for Fortune and Fame” by The Mogador Band, courtesy of Stella Grey. Available on Amazon.

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