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Brazilian Dance Workout


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  • Actors: with Vanessa Isaac
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Hip Brazil
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000U0KZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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" An exhilarating total body workout." -- • Shape Magazine, July 2004

"Full of energy and fun...ideal for those who like to shake it while burning major calories!" -- Weight Watcher's Magazine

"The flow of energy from this woman is freeing!" -- Gina Tolleson Thicke, Santa Barbara Magazine

"What a joyous, fun workout Vanessa Isaac has put together-you can feel her passion for dance…" -- • Fit Magazine, November 2004

..."ideal for those who like to shake it while burning major calories." -- Weight Watchers Magazine

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Product Description: Description Inspired by Brazilian dance styles this DVD is a fun and effective workout. It brings together the rhythms and energy of Afro-Brazilian percussion and the sensuality of Brazilian dance! Filmed in a beautiful outdoor setting, this DVD will inspire you to shape up!

The Brazilian Dance workout is a energetic 60 min. cardio workout for all fitness levels. The workout combines the rich and intoxicating dances and rhythms of Brazil: Samba, Samba Reggae, African, Axé and Frevo moves and many others. It is a great routine that will make you sweat and put a smile on your face. It's all about letting the rhythm move you and celebrating life! Brazilian Style!

Vanessa Isaac's wildly popular dance classes feature live music; these classes served as the inspiration for this video. The Brazilian Dance workout features LIVE PERCUSSION by an ensemble of great BRAZILIAN musicians. Voted one of the 10 best DVDs of the year by Women's Health Magazine

Features DVD Bonus Audio Tracks:
• 5 minutes of percussion mix.
• Hip Brazil theme by Randy Tico

Please note: This DVD edition about to close. New cover art and edition already available at Amazon by searching Brazilian Dance Workout.

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221 of 222 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have wanted to learn that tricky Samba step ever since I went to visit cousins in Brazil years ago. I came away with a love of Brazilian music and dance, but I never was able to pick up that samba step--I'm not much of a dancer. Here is a workout tape with something to aim for; not only fitness, but learning those appealing dance routines from Carnival.

The tape begins with a longish warm up; a good idea as Brazilian dance, based on African style moves, requires you use EVERY part of your body. So you, like me, may not have moved some of those parts for quite a while. You shake your arms, roll your head, contract and roll the back and do hip swivels, and plenty of shoulder moves, too. The warm up is possibly a sufficient workout for someone very unfit or elderly, in fact.

The first dance sequence is done at half-tempo--but, here's my problem. The first step is not explained (a cross and back) but the easier back undulation at the end IS given instruction. Sure, some people have trouble undulating their spine, but the footwork also needed a bit of elucidation. Still, you can replay that part of the DVD til you get it--but it's a bit of a nuisance not to have a different camera angle or a talk-through. So plan on stopping and starting the DVD as you learn these steps before you can get a non-stop Samba workout.

This workout is particularly excellent for back flexibility. And on that note, if you do hAVE back problems, you might have difficulties with the upper body parts of this workout so consider your own limitations.

The filming is a bit dull--outdoors in a field with palm trees on a portable parquet dance floor. The usual "one from every kind" dance troupe of elderly, young, thin, plump, dark, light is included to make the viewer feel included.
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115 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Alice on August 23, 2004
Format: DVD
An upbeat, fun, easy-to-follow workout. I ordered this workout instead of the hundreds of others simply because I wanted more of a dance related style, and while this doesn't teach you how to actually dance Brazilian dances, it gives you a great work out, which is what it's supposed to do. Very fun, very energizing. You will sweat and you will feel it, but you'll also have an easier time getting yourself up off the couch to do a second workout. :) One of the best things is that it's relatively low impact. There is some hopping at the end, but it's not extended. Definitely a plus for someone with bad knees and ankles like me. Highly recommended!
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Rose Bird on January 24, 2005
Format: DVD
This is the sort of "break-your-neck-trying" at-home workout to be avoided by the beginner or those not in tiptop shape. "Buyer Beware" because you could seriously hurt your knees or stress your heart trying to keep up with this challenging DVD. This isn't coming from a couch slouch either. I attend regular dance classes and was once a dancer. I wish the workout came in different versions, for beginner, intermediate or advanced. As a dancer I'd say this one is intermediate/advanced. The plus side is that the teacher is engaging and dedicated to her dance form; she just needs to work harder on the teaching part. The live drumming is great! The solos are wonderful--a definite plus, to see so many different styles. I like the fact that there are dancers of various ages, sizes, male and female. I wish those dancers in the workout DVD who are heavier or older were directed to show modifications of the steps so the workout could be useful to various fitness levels, shapes and sizes.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amigo Carlos on October 22, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I hadn't realized it before, but apparently this lady has put out two different workout tapes and I got lucky and got the better one. This Afro-Brazilian workout has great music with a live band, not just background sound tracks, very intelligent instruction, choreography that is not too difficult for beginners nor too boring for the somewhat more experienced, appealing dancers, and the great Brazilian rhythms and moves which leave you soaked with sweat after an hour. This is just like the great Afro-Brazilian dance classes I used to take in L.A. when I lived there. I've been looking for a video like this for a long time and now I've found it. I hope Vanessa produces some more.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Prachel K. Carter on March 4, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I first bought this video after buying The Method's Afro-Brazilian Workout. I am a person that does not enjoy traditional workouts. I need something that is fun and keeps me going. The instructor has great energy and it shows as she goes through the various moves.
The music is great and it keeps you going. It doesn't feel like you're actually working out. I have more fun doing this tape than any other workout that I've done in the past. If you haven't danced before, it may be a bit challenging to keep up with the moves, but it's definately fun trying.
The only reason that I gave it four stars is that there is always room for improvement. At the beginning, there is a long stretch/warmup section. But, at the end, the cool down/stretch session is not as long. I would have liked to see that expanded. The camera angles are good, but it would have been nice to see the faces of the other dancers, as they weren't as clear. Also, I'd like to see everyone do a short solo routine at the end of the video, especially Vanessa. I would have liked for them to spend more time explaining the moves, as at times I felt they went too fast.
Overall, a fun workout.
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