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Dancing with the Stars: Latin Cardio Dance (2008)

Cheryl Burke , Maksim Chmerkovskiy , Cal Pozo  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Directors: Cal Pozo
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BNFR80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" continues to dazzle audiences as well as trim waistlines with the power of dance. Join pro dancers Cheryl and Maksim and dance yourself slim with four sizzling and sexy Latin dance routines that feature some of the best fat-burning moves from the show. And because these hot Latin dances share many signature steps, you will find it easier to follow along. You'll also get a specialized toning workout that dancers use to sculpt and lengthen their muscles. So get dancing and get in the best shape of your life! No partner needed!

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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Core Workout! October 12, 2008
Format:DVD
I found this to be easy to follow, it is dancing, they do show you the moves, and your core DOES get a fantastic workout! Even doing only the warm up, one dance section, and the additional dancers workout at the end got my heart pumping and I was sweating up a storm! I love the fact that you can customize your working out by choosing which segments you want to do and it will play them seamlessly without you having to stop and push buttons!

Now for those with no musicality or rhythm, it may be harder for you to pick up and follow. I suggest just focusing on one segment until you master it. Watch the segment through a couple of times first then follow along and anytime it gets too complicated or you haven't mastered that step yet, just return to the basic step and keep trying till you get it.

And...you can take the steps you learn in this video, get with a partner and actually do them out on a dance floor! So, if you bought this video thinking you'll be able to apply what you learn on the dance floor, you can, but if you aren't a strong dancer and don't pick up choreography quick, try taking lessons from an instructor and use this video for practice.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite...liked the original better September 22, 2008
Format:DVD
I liked this DVD because it was customizable (you can choose 40 minutes of dancing and/or 15 minutes of toning with a 5 minute warm-up option) and I like a longer workout.
I did not like this DVD because:
1. There was a lot of standing and stepping with arms close. My heartrate monitor never made it to a full cardio workout.
2. I thought that the instruction was just okay. Not enough advanced warning as to what was coming up next. Now we'll do a cha-cha and "GO!"
3. I thought the instructors were not as "fun" as the first DWTS DVD. They were monotone and almost boring. Not quite, but close.
I really wanted to like this one because of the funtionality of it, but it didn't work for me....maybe for beginners?
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more instructional September 19, 2008
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This one is much easier than the other Dancing with the Stars Cardio Dance.You can follow their moves without getting as confused. I like it alot but it's not as much fun as the other one. But at least with this one, you can actually learn the steps.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By cltpir8
Format:DVD
I am writing this review fresh off the first workout. I am 29 years old and somewhat out of shape, but walk on a regular basis. About 5 years ago and again 3 years ago, I took ballroom dance classes (including latin dance).

Pros: good cardio (I broke a sweat in all segments except the warmup); fun moves (not your traditional aerobic exercise video); ability to customize workouts.

Cons: rapid progress from beginning moves to more advanced moves (as someone who has taken face-to-face lessons enough to dance in social situations, I felt off-rhythm often and knew that due to the speed, I wasn't performing the moves technically.)

Suggestions: moving forward, I will customize the workout to include the warm-up, 1 dance and the toning exercises. Once that dance is mastered, I will add in a second dance. Therefore, increasing my length of exercise, but also increasing my confidence in the routines. I've found that if I get discouraged during a routine, I'm unlikely to want to continue the exercise, which is the ultimate goal.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Video! October 8, 2008
Format:DVD
I liked the workout and got a lot out of it. I was a little weary because of other reviews on the site, but it is fun and it definitely works your legs. It may not be as fun as the other video, but they help you really learn the right way to do the steps, rather than just doing them. If you dance everyday, then you probably won't get much out of it, but if you're just looking for a fun way to get some exercise, it's a good video. Plus, any excuse to look at Maksim is worth it! :)
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasantly surprised and pleased November 26, 2008
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As a long-time "Dancing with the Stars" fan, I was really surprised--just recently--to discover this 2008 Latin Cardio Dance workout. I had no clue such a product existed. I immediately ordered it, not having the faintest idea what the DVD would bring. Suffice it to say, I was "very pleasantly surprised and pleased."

The DVD is 60 minutes of a great cardio workout. Even though other reviewers, who are already in great shape, were not particularly pleased, I am. It's been awhile since I have done a strenuous workout. Well, folks, you will get one here!! I have gone through the entire 60 minute program twice and have yet to complete each dance segment. (I'm too out-of-breath.)

Here's what I found:

1. Cheryl led the five-minute warm-up. These exercises must be universal because I did most of them with Jane Fonda back in the day. (Note: It is really fun to see Maksim going through these simple, slow routines as opposed to his lightning quick moves on the floor. He looks just like a normal guy in an aerobics class. Funny. Cheryl looks good.)

2. Chery led the first workout, "Merengue." Her teaching style is simple and direct, yet encouraging. When she shows the next step, she has the class continue to do the preceding movement, then adds the new. Because this is a cardio workout, there is no stopping to show in detail what she is doing. That is the purpose of the rewind button. Better yet, do these routines in front of a mirror or sideways to your television screen so that you can better process what is next. I found facing the screen made me do double processing: seeing, translating to the other side of my body, then doing. Standing sideways eliminates the translating step.

3. Cha-Cha is a 10-minute dance workout with Maksim. Surprise of surprises!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars No incentive
I wrote a whole review and it was erased, had to sign in again. no salsa; music is low, and all I like about it is the choices you can make on the menu. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Mowrey BM
2.0 out of 5 stars dancing
its ok, and they dance really good and I really like them, but never did practice with it. Maybe I'm lazy, that's what it is.
Published 3 months ago by DANI
4.0 out of 5 stars Dancing with Cheryl and Maksim ... What Fun!
First, as other reviewers have stated as a negative, this IS a dance video. However, dance IS a form of exercise, so it's a positive issue for me ... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Hallett
1.0 out of 5 stars Dance teachers should not teach "exercise" and label workouts!
DANCE instructors should teach dance and NOT exercise! If you want to learn to dance, this is the DVD for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Osorio
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok but could find other exercise DVDs that would suit me better.
I became bored with the DVD after awhile. It was alright for the first couple times but I would not purchase these series again.
Published 4 months ago by AMB
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun exercise
Works you out, makes you sweat and pay attention. Your body gets sore but you have to work THROUGH the soreness to see any results. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Debra A Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Fun and easy to do! I don't think you are going to lose 100 lbs doing this, but you will certainly improver your stamina and coordination, and definitely lose some weight if you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by cougprincess
5.0 out of 5 stars I played it once.
I really liked dancing with Cheryl. I watch dancing with the stars every season, and would like to learn some dance steps.
Published 9 months ago by Cristina Ferrero
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN
I attempted 2 of the 4 dances and had a fairly easy time following along although I am not a dancer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Very good for the beginner, if you are a older person fifties or older it's a good one for you, I really liked it.
Published 10 months ago by Linda
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