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Dance with Len Goodman
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Also, for Rhumba, the beginning basic move in my class has been the box-step, but this shows another (easy) move (that I learned later.)The Foxtrot shown in the DVD was SO different it really threw me, but later Len shows a variation called the Social Foxtrot, which is what I've learned.
Watching the DVD again, after a total of 4 weeks of studio training, I could make much more sense of what was being shown. But if you are a female just beginning ballroom dance, there have got to be better DVD's.
First, the previous reviewer is correct. They do demonstrate the man's steps and then expect the ladies to do the "natural opposite." I found that to be quite easy if I learned the male version first, and then reversed it. If I tried to think "His left is my right," etc. as I was first learning it, it was hard. On the video the lady does the male version as they teach the steps, and then when they get into the holds and face each other, she does her version. (You can pretty much watch her feet the whole time.)
Next, the professional dancers do have exhibition dances to demonstrate what a Fox Trot, Quick Step, Waltz, etc. CAN look like. Do not expect to be able to follow them after five to ten minutes of instruction per dance! This is a demonstration of THE BASICS.
(For some reason I can't edit the number of stars.) I gave it five stars originally right after I had watched all of the instructions, but before I had clicked on the part of the DVD that said practice. I would take a couple of stars off for that. When I first clicked on that, I thought the DVD was stuck! The practice portion for each dance is just a still picture with music! Couldn't they have just filmed the dancers doing the basic steps to music for a few minutes of practice time? How hard would that be? This way you have to flip back to the instructions to remind yourself of the steps and then go back to the music section if you want to practice.Read more ›
However, if you struggle with watching someone else complete a task and then repeating it on your own, this might not be for you. The Quickstep, in particular, poses a strong problem for learning on your own. But Goodman reminds us throughout the program that this is a first step in learning these wonderful dances--if you enjoy the moves and the exercise and the magic, follow up with a local dance studio or instructor.
For good clean fun--and some special time with your significant other--this DVD is a great starter. You also learn some of the history and evolution of the dances, as well as some of the keys to making the holds and posture look like the pros!
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Outstanding.. Good examples.. just very short Time for the small dance selections!Published 3 months ago by W. E. Sullivan
Worst dance video I have ever seen. This spends a great deal of time telling boring history then only covers on single basic step in each dance. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Curtis the Great
It was what I expected, and even more. This is a nice teaching tool.Published 16 months ago by Irene Neuenfeld
It is difficult to learn the dance with this DVD. I wished there was more detailed explanation of the steps of the dance.Published on April 3, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I own more than 15 excellent dance instruction videos. I thought that this would be a good one to add to my collection. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Tom H.
This DVD apparently was made for a British audience and appears to have been on television in the United Kingdom. Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by William Bozic
My husband and I have been ballroom dancing for at least 22 years having taken lessons at a dance studio for 20 of those years. We find Mr. Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by S. Adame
The instruction is basic for the beginner and the demonstrations are easy to follow. I wish it did have some accompaning music to practice the dance steps. Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by Phillip Strausbaugh