Neena and Veena, the bellybots

Neena and Veena, the bellybots

So it’s been about a year since I started bellydancing classes, and I’m more in love with it than ever. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been bad about getting to class, but good about practicing–and as part of that, I dug up the DVDs I bought last summer. And the whole purpose of this post is to tell you that if you’re in the market for bellydance DVDs, stay away from Veena and Neena.

You may have heard about these people. Dubbed the “belly twins,” they are undeniably thin and gorgeous. But I think they’re automatons; they have no soul; they’re like little bellydancing robots. Actually, I remember doing this a couple of times last summer and being bored out of my skull. Like they’ll do snake arms on one side for 30 full seconds. Then the other. Then both. Yawn.

But when I dug it out again and did it, I realized something. I’ve had this rotary cuff thing going on for a few months, and blamed it on my obsessive two miles a day in the pool habit of my twenties. NOW I realize that it has nothing to do with a repetitive crawl, and more to do with the fact that I’d been doing the shoulder shimmies and snake arms they way they did. Which they do with a snapping movement that’s almost violent. (I finally broke free of this habit not so long ago–basically letting the shoulder blade do the pulling rather than the shoulder itself–and lo and behold, no more pain.)

In other words, they have no soul AND they’ll damage your body. So what’s left? Not much. I would give this DVD away, but you know, I really think they’re a hazard.

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