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Element: Ballet Conditioning (2007)

Elise Gulan , n , a  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elise Gulan
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: 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: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC38BO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The instructor, Elise, was kind enough to answer some questions from about the Element line of DVDs.

Why do you think the recent trend for women is to seek the dancer’s silhouette?

Elise: A dancer’s silhouette is the ideal physique for a woman today. It provides strength through lean, elegant, streamlined muscles. The strengthening of the dance conditioning movements will help melt away fat while creating lean musculature that is still feminine and graceful. The stretching element of dance creates length, not only in the muscles, but in the spine as well. Training with ballet conditioning will give a woman a strong, tall slender body.

How did you manage to create a ballet conditioning program that doesn’t use a barre or any other equipment?

Elise: I created a workout that uses the strength of the core to create balance and stability in the body. The sequences on this dvd are both accessible and challenging for anyone! Many ballet conditioning exercises actually don’t use the barre as a weight-bearing tool—it’s only for balance. In this DVD a beginner can use a chair to aid in balance, as they build core strength. A more advanced practitioner can do much of the series without the aid of a chair, simply by bracing the body with the strength of the abdominals, and a lifted, elongated spine.

Who is this workout good for?

Elise: This workout is amazing for women and men of all shapes and sizes! Ballet Conditioning uses one’s own body weight as resistance, so it is safe to do every day, for women AND men… from the strongest athlete, to the ultimate newcomer to fitness. It works to build strong, lean muscle, raise the heart-rate, and speed up metabolism. Dance also helps create rhythm, grace, and balance while building a supple flexible spine. .

What do you think consumers will find different about Element DVDs from other workout programs?

Elise: I know that consumers will enjoy the pure elegance of these DVDs. This is what truly sets the ‘element’ series apart from other brands of DVDs. The Element DVD’s encourage a solid mind/body connection, which encourages practitioners to explore their physical edge, while being truly mentally & emotionally present in the moment. These programs are fluid and graceful in their movement, and provide a HUGE physical fitness element in a nurturing and encouraging environment. .

Tell us about the connection with this DVD and the efforts to reduce global warming.

Elise: Element DVDs support the harmony of mind and body, which encourages a social and global awareness. This harmony encourages us to do what we can to make a difference in the world. For every four Element DVDs sold, a tree will be planted in a national forest. Consumers are therefore doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint, and the dangerous effects of global warming. If we work together, we can spread health and happiness one deep breath at a time.

Product Description

BONUS One-On-One Personal Dance Lesson With Julianne! This is your chance to learn from the best! In this bonus feature, Julianne will break down key steps at a slower pace and give you little tips that really help improve technique. Take this personal dance lesson before your first workout to make your dance flow smoother. Or, do it any time you want to fine-tune your steps and refine your personal dance style.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
347 of 355 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic :-> January 22, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have to start out by saying that I'm not normally a ballet fan or have done ballet since I was 4 or 5, but I wanted to try this to mix up my current routine and use different muscles for some cross training. I am really happy with how great this workout is.
It's an intense lower body workout with ballet inspired moves. Because you work deep into muscles, it's designed to help you get that long lean body look that ballet dancers have. Elise is a good instructor with great cuing so you know what to do next at all times. I love the outdoor setting (instead of the inside of a studio for a change); it's great to do a workout that has been done outside to make you feel like it's Summer all year round and motivate you that little bit more.
I never thought this would be a workout that would be for me, but it's very enjoyable and fun and you feel the next day all those muscles you've used and I can't wait to see the results from this. I love it.
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249 of 262 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Something Different December 5, 2007
By D Rock
For someone that has tried just about every home workout genre out there. This DVD finally offers something that is refreshingly new to my living room! This workout is ideal for those who have danced for years and people that have never even tried on a pair of ballet slippers. The DVD is simple to pick up, and challanging to get through. The filming is elegant and the instruction is far from the cheesy power workout "motivation" that irritate me so much. After you've completed this workout, you feel like you've, not only toned up, but also learned a few things! For someone that has grown tired of the home workout video, this couldn't have come at a better time!
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205 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid workout with a relaxing effect December 23, 2007
By Mrs. W
I didn't really know what to expect when I tried this dvd. I am an intermediate/advanced level, but I knew that it would be challenging, as I have never tried ballet before. Even so, this was a very pleasant, yet rigorous workout. I definitly feel like I worked out and I also broke a sweat. I know that this workout will contribute to toning and slimming my legs, which is an area I personally would like to improve, as well as the rest of my body. The ab section incorporates many pilates type exercises to tone and tighten the midsection. Even though I regularily do pilates, I really felt my abs more than I expected. The setting was beautiful and the instruction was very pleasant and relaxing without causing you to lose focus to exert yourself. I enjoyed this workout, thought it was effective and enjoyable. Anyone who is involved in dance or who wants to maintain or obtain a long lean physique will enjoy this workout.
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104 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! January 26, 2008
By Tola
After going through this video, it is exactly what I have been looking for (and the price was so good! At $8 it is a bargain, the video and sound quality is much, much more than a $8 workout dvd to me). I wanted something challenging that would be a good filler for days when I can't get to the gym. It's going to become much more than that because it is that good.

>The scenery is wonderful as other reviewers have said.

>The use of a chair and not a barre - when she switches to the other side to work the other leg, she physically moves the chair to the other side. In other ballet videos where they've used a barre, usually I have to pause the tape because I can't quite get my chair moved around fast enough to start working the other side (they just turn around and start doing the exercises; if I turn around I'm no longer facing the TV :-)).

>The fact that the voice cueing is done as a voice over, instead of by the person doing the exercises, this makes it VERY easy to follow

>Recognition all along the way that not everyone is as flexible - and continuous encouragement that with time flexibility will come

Overall, it is an excellent dvd and I'm glad I bought it.
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79 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballerina amatuer December 22, 2007
My legs were SHAKING after completing this workout and I've been doing the NYC Ballet workouts 1 and 2 for over a year plus 2 ballet classes once a week and an hour of cardio on the treadmill 5 days a week. This is a great workout and she makes you feel like a beautiful ballet dancer no matter your skill level. I can't wait to keep doing this workout-- I want to see what I look like in a month!!
Tip--- the only chair I had on hand wasn't tall enough or sturdy enough for this workout. I recommend a tall chair that doesn't fold!
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow March 27, 2009
By Janelle
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I exercise 5-6 days a week doing cardio all days and toning the other. I'm not going to lie. I thought this workout would be an easy, breezy workout that I'd get through with my eyes closed. So I popped in the DVD brought a chair over, my water and a towel. Elise came on and I noted she recommended no shoes. Great! I kicked off my sneakers and began the warm-up. Hmmm, thinking not too bad. I'm liking the relaxing scenery and calming music. Next thing you know I'm doing a million different kind of plies, my legs are screaming, I'm taking a break here and there and dripping with sweat all while Elise continues the workout with grace and a permanent smile. WHAT IN THE WORLD! All I can say is this workout is NO joke! The focus is primarily on the core and legs. The muscles in your legs are the largest in your body, therefore it takes way more energy doing a squat or plie versus a bicep curl or stomach crunch. Hence why my heart rate was so high right off the bat. Further you keep your arms in various ballet positions (i.e. rarely down) so you are engaging the upper body, lower body and the core all at once. After about 30 minutes or so of leg work utilizing a chair for balance, you move on to a series of various jumps, again my heart rate climbed. Finally you move to the floor for some ab work and then the cool down. I was absolutely amazed at how fit Elise is. To do this workout without breaking a sweat and keeping a smile on her face fascinated me as I was huffing and puffing and working on my balance and engaging my core and trying to lift my leg just THAT much higher. This is an awesome workout! Definitely think it's something to build into your workout routines atleast three times a week. Excellent DVD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout!
After getting hooked on barre workouts, and reading all of the great reviews, I decided to give this dvd a try. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Crystal C
5.0 out of 5 stars It made me sweat alot!
This is EXTREMELY hard. I guess it isn't hard but it requires a lot of endurance because there is a lot of reps.
Published 5 days ago by Crystal
2.0 out of 5 stars the instruction is kind of boring.
The sound and picture quality are not as expected. the instruction is kind of boring.
Published 8 days ago by J Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars Element Ballet Conditioning is great!
Best workout DVD I've ever had.
Published 8 days ago by Kelly K Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars good workolut
Good workout
Published 8 days ago by Charla Cauthen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great workout dvd - offers something different from my other workouts.
Great workout dvd.
Published 9 days ago by Cathy F.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic video for anyone who has taken ballet in the ...
This is a fantastic video for anyone who has taken ballet in the past or would like to experience ballet conditioning. The instructor is soft-spoken, yet very motivating. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Dawn Van Wagenen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only time I ever saw results.
Published 14 days ago by Hanny M.
5.0 out of 5 stars More challenging than it may seem!
This is a fun and challenging workout to pepper in during the week of running, spinning, or lifting. Read more
Published 17 days ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet X
I think this is an excellent workout for anyone looking for gym-style results without doing gym-style routines. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jenny Martin
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