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Ballet Class for Beginners


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HOD8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

David Howard's Ballet Class for Beginners is an excellent learning and teaching tool especially designed by America's foremost ballet master.

Customer Reviews

Honestly, what an embarrassment.
S. Foster
I'm looking forward to the release of the intermediate and advanced video in DVD.
E. A. Tolentino
This is a great beginner ballet dvd.
C. Butler

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363 of 370 people found the following review helpful By Silje Hanson on September 24, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This video goes through a lot of ballet moves in a short time (40 min), and focuses on how to execute the moves correctly. If you are already taking a ballet class it'll help you improve your technique, and it also gives you explanations for the French terminology used in ballet. David Howard is a great instructor, and the young ballerina executes the steps perfectly. Most of the moves are only demonstrated on one side, so you have to pause the tape to work on the other side. For a beginner this video will probably be too complicated. If you want a first introduction to ballet, I think the "Ballet 101" and "Ballet 201" videos are better. If you want an exercise video I would recommend "The Ballet Workout" with Melissa Lowe instead; it's easier, and you don't have to pause the tape to work on both sides.
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Choirlady on October 6, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Hello, I'm restarting ballet, and I feel this is a great video to accompany ballet lessons! NO it's not a lesson, but goes through the basic exercises and steps, then you can take it on your own and perfect your style. The video does go fast, so my reccomendation is take it at your own pace, learn the steps and then practice them on your own to different classical music selections. But If you're beginning Ballet or even want a good exercise to work with this is Excellent!! Happy Dancing!!
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this for my 14 yr. old daughter who recently started ballet classes again. She had taken ballet a couple of times in the years past....and knew the basics....but had no precision in the movements...since her new class is a Senior's class...she wanted to do something to "catch-up" & make sure her movements are up to par.
This video is EXCELLENT in that way. It focuses on the correct name of each movement & how to execute it CORRECTLY (sometimes lacking in your small town ballet class). The instructor simply names the move...and the young ballerina executes it beautifully. She's very good and makes it look easy. They do both sides on barre and then center floor, moves up to pirrouetes (spelling?)
I think it's excellent and highly recommend it.
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198 of 217 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Let me tell you- I ordered this video reluctantlyafterthecomment that it leaves you only to work on one side of thebody and so there is a lot of needing to pause the tape. After going through the video, I can say the reason this is the case is because it packs so much information into the video with so many numerous different techniques, all while still going at a comfortable pace. The video would be double the running time or a tedious length if the instructor demonstrated first one side- and then the other side of the body. This isn't beginning at all as the title may give the impression because it actually contains so many advanced techniques- it reminds me a little of a video ballet encyclopedia. I can't say enough for it. All of the steps are so perfectly and beautifully executed, yet it is fairly easy to follow which I imagine is the reason it is labeled 'Beginning'. I didn't have trouble with a lot and found it fairly easy to do on my first attempt but having never seen many of the moves before, I just tried to do my best on those I didn't understand or the ones I couldn't manage- I believe one of the most important things to remember is staying in there as long as you're able to. I was having fun and I just do what I can, and if you're not a professional dancer you should go for it too as that is no reason to stop anyone at all who wants to dance. I didn't give up when I couldn't do much of it because I know everything takes effort. Yet, I don't have unrealistic expectations. You wouldn't catch me in a studio I know how I look doing it- let's just say far from the dancer! But so much fun and I have the confidence that I'll improve, the motivation and the enthusiasm! I feel great doing it.Read more ›
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I bought this tape for my daughter (aged 10) to practise at home between ballet classes (she takes six hours of ballet classes a week). We have both found it extremely helpful: the pace is very good, the dancer demonstrates positions clearly and has good turn-out and feet. I am not a trained dancer and with the assistance of this tape, I now take part in my daughter's dancing at home. I believe she has improved as a direct result of watching this video. It possibly wouldn't be as useful to someone wanting a keep-fit lesson. It really seems to be aimed at dancers wishing to learn and then improve the basics.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sara on April 7, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is an excellent video for beginners. It goes slowly through all of the positions and commonly used terms in ballet at the barre. Then it moves in to the middle of the floor and does some more complicated moves. It shows most of the steps on one side only but you can easily figure out the other side.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The video is great in demonstrating technique, however, I found that it is not a good exercise video. It works one side of the body and then you are left to work the other side. For me, it means a lot of pausing the video tape so that I may work the other side. I found this frustrating. I found it similar to a ballet class in the way the video presents the Barre work, etc. I highly recommend it as a supplement to a ballet class. It helps the beginner to make sense out of the ballet instructors directions by providing specific explanations for the french terminology used in dance class and focuses on what pitfalls to avoid. But, it is a big disappointment if you are looking for a traditional start to finish exercise video.
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