The workout itself includes a seven-minute warm-up, a seven-minute cool down, and three 15-minutes sets. The first is a cardio workout, the second is mostly a toning workout for your core, and the third and last one involves more stretching and is the most ‘danceable’ one by far. All three are set to original, upbeat Arabic-inspired music that I didn’t feel compelled to replace with my own music.
For those of you who know how to belly dance, Step-by-Step Bellydance with Leilainia will serve more as a guided dance exercise regimen, as you can do away with the simpler steps while at the same time paying more attention than usual to tightening your abs and your glutes so as to achieve the most from your workout.
Bonus features include a dance performance by Leilainia, an extract from Hemalayaa: Bollywood Dance Blast and one from Dance & Be Fit: Brazilian Body, a history of belly dance (interesting, but I still prefer the Wikipedia page, to be honest), Leilainia’s biography, and a little blurb about the music composers.
Yet another great addition to the growing Acacia library of dance/fitness DVDs, Step-by-Step Bellydance with Leilainia is a great workout option for those days when you don’t feel like working out and just want to have some fun.