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Brazilian Dance Workout with Vanessa Isaac (2005)

Vanessa Isaac , Mike DeGruy  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vanessa Isaac
  • Directors: Mike DeGruy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • 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 (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59PQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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

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

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

"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

Product Description

The Brazilian Dance Workout By Vanessa is already a classic. Named one of the top 10 DVDs of the year by Fitness Magazine and Women's Health and Fitness, this is a fitness title like no other, it paved the way for the current interest in Brazilian Dance and lifestyle! As Shape Magazine says: Exhilarating total whole-body workout! 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 easy-to-follow 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! #1 Dance Workout of the Year! - By Fitness Magazine. Named the Number 3 Overall Fitness DVD of the Year - By Fitness Magazine! Full of Energy and Fun... ideal for burning major calories! - Weight Watcher's Magazine. If you love to dance or enjoy Latin sounds, this is the workout for you!- Sweat Magazine. One of the top 10 fitness DVDs of the year! Women's Health & Fitness. * New cover art released. DVD content as 1st edition.

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221 of 222 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually teaches you Brazilian dance while you work out 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended August 23, 2004
By Alice
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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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware--this is Fast, Fast, Fast! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Inspiring Workout 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Energy, Great Workout 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun samba workout, dancing instead of working.
Published 22 days ago by De Hufford
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A lot of fun, and great cardio !!
Published 1 month ago by Laurie Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars I would love to see more like this!
I really love this workout. It is challenging--and that is a good thing. It keeps me interested and, unlike a lot of other dance tapes, actually is a good cardio workout. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aka
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun workout!
I love the live drumming and how she motivates you throughout the dvd. This dvd is a lot of fun to do!
Published 7 months ago by Perrine Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Samba good times
This is by far the most difficult of the Samba Party workout videos, but also the most fun, I think. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S.E.T.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
A fun and interesting work out! If you enjoy working out and you like dancing, this is a good video to have. The music alone is motivating enough to get your body in gear!
Published 9 months ago by R.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good workout
I loved the rhythm and the enthusiasm of Vanessa. She kept me wanting to move. This was a good solid workout for me. The steps were not complicated.
Published 13 months ago by Cynthia M. Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Zumba
This is great! I am still trying to catch my breath.

It starts with a nice slow to some quick action moves. Great exercise routine for all ages.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great workout video
I love the music and the instructor is great, sexy and takes her
time showing you what to do. Fun and great workout.
Published 17 months ago by Barbara Garren
2.0 out of 5 stars cracked out
This was one of the craziest workouts I have tried. I am tired just thinking about it. That being said however, if you are a person who never finds a workout that is spastic... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Josie
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