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Broadway Dance Center: Jazz for the Beginner to Advanced Beginner

 NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: 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: Bayview Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EHQU4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,433 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Push yourself to the limit! Frank Hatchett, internationally celebrated Master Jazz teacher, brings his VOP style to you in this energetic 60 minute video. Join Frank in three easy to follow routines that are perfect for the beginner through the advanced beginner dance student. Unique camera angles facing the mirror allow you to learn as though you were a student in the class. Follow Frank and his staff as they take you step by step through three innovative jazz styles. One select routine will transport you into class at the Broadway Dance Center (New York City) where you join in the energy of a class with Frank and his students. Push yourself to the limit and move like you’ve been dancing forever! Frank Hatchett’s choreography is packed with excitement. The Hatchett style is a blend of strength and a get-down, street-smart feeling based on being centered and an individual interpretation of the music. His unique spirit is called VOP.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners January 22, 2007
Okay, I did the Afro-Jazz routine last night. This is definitely not a class for beginners. First, he teaches the routine in segments with 2 students, without music and then with music. The students are facing away from you so that it seems like you are in the back of the class, facing the mirror. Just like in a real class. I liked that part. No warm-up or cool down, just routines. The instruction is fast. Did I say fast! Super fast for me. AND if you are not familiar with dance terminology, you will be lost, I mean completely lost. Don't think that the teacher is going to break down chasse or pas de bouree (sp) or tendu. because if you don't know ballet terms, forgetaboutit.

The routine is fun and fast. It ends with a fall to the floor. Sort of like if someone shot you and you fell stretched out on your side. I could not get this routine. It will take many stops and rewinds. It takes him 15 minutes to teach it and 2 run thrus at the end. By the way, if you have carpet, don't get this DVD. You can not do turns on carpet. Yes I said turns, and leaps.

I've taken classes at Broadway Dance and the classes are labelled basic, beginnger, intermediate, and advanced. Their beginner classes are really slow intermediate classes. So you have been warned. Don't think that this is easy, because it is not. Fun, I guess so once you get it. I have a long way to go.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Beginners. April 5, 2008
The instructor is clearly a master of his work, however, until you're very familiar with the dance terminology and correct performance of key moves, you're not ready for this DVD.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ! Just Like Dance Class! September 24, 2006
This is a great DVD. There are three routines, each a different style. I am a beginning dancer and I loved the routines. I have learned so much! Yes, I had to repeat over and over but that is beauty of doing it at home. The music is good. The directions are good and fun. I highly recommend this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Again...Not for Beginners! October 14, 2011
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Like other previous reviews have said...definitely not for beginners. The dvd has 3 dance routines that are fun and energetic. I danced when I was younger for about a year and 15 years later I want to join an adult class. I thought this dvd would be good to teach me some basics and fun routines before I make a fool of myself at a dance studio. The breakdown of the dance is fast with little instruction and it is only repeated once before moving to the next 16 counts and if you aren't familiar with dance terminology then forget about it. For a beginner the instructor does not break it down enough to learn the steps correctly and on the right count. Also this is nearly impossible to do on carpet and make sure you have lots of space. I'm not totally writing these dances of yet, i'll revisit this dvd later once i have some technique under my belt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed. September 1, 2013
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I am a dance teacher. Spent many hours in a studio with Frank Hatchett. Thanks to Amazon, I am able to bring that class to MY students. ALL Jazz dance students should know his name, his ultra cool class room management, and basic JAZZ. Thank-YOU,
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