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Ballet Boot Camp Stretch


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jessica Sherwood
  • Directors: Dante Ludovici
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Ballet Boot Camp
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NIJ4VA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This unique workout offers a varied, flowing mixture of stretches created to lengthen muscles, increase flexibility and release tight joints. This energising and strengthening workout will help you to build your center of power and develop your body's core muscle groups. You will elongate and strengthen your entire body, in particular your abdominal and back muscles, which are the foundation for enhanced fitness and athletic performance. For challenging ballet-based workouts check out Ballet Boot Camp 1 and 2.

Customer Reviews

The instructor is obviously very flexible.
Luv2shopns
I was surprised to find 6 minutes of yoga- and pilates-inspired ab work in a stretch routine, but it worked here!
DJ
So if you like that kind of workouts, buy it!
Florence B.

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By DJ VINE VOICE on July 15, 2007
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I don't know what I was expecting, exactly; perhaps more flowing ballet-style stretches. While there were plenty of ballet-type stretches, there were also plenty of yoga- and pilates-inspired stretches as well. The workouts consists of 9 chapters, and you can skip to any of them at will. Here is a rough breakdown with approximate times: (1) Isolations: this is a fun 5-minute warmup working down from your neck to your hips; I loved the rib rolls and hip rolls, it sorta reminded me of bellydancing; (2) Standing Stretch: this 10-minute stretch routine included some flowing stretches, some static stretches, and some yoga-inspired stretches; (3) Seated Stretch: a short 5-minute mat routine with ballet-style stretches; (4) Ab Work! I was surprised to find 6 minutes of yoga- and pilates-inspired ab work in a stretch routine, but it worked here! (5) Cat Stretch: a 1-minute quick break from abs; (6) More Ab Work! More pilates-inspired ab work, including single and double stretch legs; (7) Reclining Stretch A: 6 minutes of yoga, pilates, and athletic type stretches in which the instructor demonstrates her amazing flexibility by going into a backbend (the other exercises did not do the backbend, so I didn't feel bad about not doing it, either!) (8) Reclining Stretch B: 7 minues of ballet-style stretching, mostly for legs; (9) Splits Preparation: A final 5-minute stretch done in a seated position. Again, the instructor is able to get her legs completely parallel, but the others do not; so again, I didn't feel so bad about not being able to do it myself!

All-in-all, this was a more strenuous workout than I was expecting, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. Jessica sounds a little raspy, like she might have lost her voice from giving so much instruction, but she is very pleasant.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Carr on April 26, 2011
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As a dancer of 20+ years I was excited to try out this dvd to maintain my flexibility and learn some new stretches. While the dvd offers a good variety of stretches, there's nothing here you haven't seen before if you're a dancer. If you're not a dancer I think this is a do-able exercise if you know your limits and are able to modify as needed.

As I said, this does have a nice mix of stretching exercises that are influenced by dance, yoga and pilates, and it's hard to find a good dvd that works primarily on flexibility. While it tends to focus on the legs and hips it also works your core and back and even some foot/ankle stretches are included, an area that's often neglected in workout dvds. As someone with weak ankles this was a nice addition. However, there are some things that may make this difficult for non-dancers or those who aren't as flexible. First of all, she doesn't offer any modifications. While it may be common sense to only stretch to your potential and not push yourself too far, it might have been helpful if she offered gentle reminders and alternatives for those who can not fully go into some of the stretches. Beyond offering modifications, in general she could have given more tips and instruction on proper form. Instead she just tells you where to move next, with little commentary. Also, she uses dance terminology with no explanation. If you don't know what a passe or degage is, for example, you will need to follow along visually quite a bit rather than rely on her cuing. I don't think it would be difficult to follow along in this way, i.e. the steps aren't advanced, it would just perhaps be an annoyance to those who aren't familiar with the terminology. Also, the production cost (and therefore quality) seems somewhat low.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Florence B. on October 18, 2008
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I own both the element ballet dvd and the ballet bootcamp stretch dvd. They are really different! The element ballet dvd has a lot of standing exercises and it's more like a ballet class at the barre. Sometimes you have to do a lot of repetitions and you feel that your muscles are getting sore! So if you like that kind of workouts, buy it!

I really prefer the ballet bootcamp stretch dvd. It doesn't have too many repetitions and it helps to improve the flexibility (for example with the splits). I'm 42 years old and recently started ballet class for beginners. I think both these dvd's are very good for a ballet beginner, and I would advice to buy them both!

I also have Jessica Sherwood's Ballet Bootcamp II dvd. It's also a really good dvd. I hope she'll make some new dvd's in this serie, I'm quite a fan of hers!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 3rigitta on August 23, 2010
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I am not, in any way, as flexible as the woman who demonstrates the stretches on this DVD, but you know, I like it anyway.

It's nice to watch myself getting millimeters closer to being able to do the stretches as far as she does, and I like having the evidence before my eyes that human beings really can do things like that, so one day I'll be able to too. And not all the stretches are beyond my abilities by any means.

She does not show alternative ways of doing a stretch if you're not flexible enough for her way (this IS a Boot Camp DVD), she just assumes you'll go as far as you can. I can imagine many people not liking this, but I don't mind at all. I like being left to my own devices instead of having her say every stretch, "now, if you can't go this far, then just go as far as you can with control," or something like that. I can figure that out for myself.

She does not explain what the different ballet terms she uses mean, she just does them, expecting you too keep up, which is all right when you remember that she can't stop you from rewinding the DVD a time or two. Besides the ballet, there's several other influences as well, including yoga, pilates, and the every-day stretches you learned in gym class. I like her approach of using whatever works best while avoiding being too new-age-y or too boring. There are plenty of stretches I've never seen anywhere else--especially for hips and quadriceps; they're wonderful! I have very tight hips, so it's great to finally find stretches that focus on them.

The abdominal workouts are amazingly challenging. I've worked them into my strength training regiment and then skip them when I just want to do the DVD to stretch.
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