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How to Dance Through Time Vol. II: Dances of the Ragtime Era 1910-1920 [VHS]


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  • Actors: L.Ewing, S. Fava
  • Directors: L.Ewing, Carol Teten
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Dancetime Publications
  • VHS Release Date: November 20, 1999
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0966207432
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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LEARN TO DANCE the Animal Dances, including Fox Trot, Horse Trot, Kangaroo Hop, Duck Waddle, Squirrel, Chicken Scratch, Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear, with the Castle Walk, Tango, Maxixe, and Hesitation Waltz. Learn the steps to a fancy Fox Trot, the elegant Castle Walk, a sizzling Tango, a sensuous Maxixe, and a dreamlike Waltz from the new instructional video How To Dance Through Time, Volume II, Dances of the Ragtime Era 1910 to 1920, from Dancetime Publications. The dancers in this video provide 44 step combinations and 'how to' instructions to help viewers learn the most popular social dances of the early 20th century: Animal dances/ Fox Trot, Horse Trot, Kangaroo Hop, Duck Waddle, Squirrel, Chicken Scratch, Turkey Trot, and Grizzly Bear, Castle Walk, Tango, Maxixe, and Hesitation Waltz. As with all the HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME videos, the dances are introduced with a concise, historical overview illustrated with authentic photographs and drawings. All the steps are carefully researched from authentic period manuscripts. Each instruction shows close up views and slow motion so that easy learning is possible. Professional dancers demonstrate step details. Following the instructional section, dancers perform all the dances with the authentic music and fashions of the era. Production of the How To Dance Through Time series follows rave reviews from consumers, libraries, colleges, dance lovers, and historians who have enthusiastically embraced the two volume video set, DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance.

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I felt anyone could learn the steps of the dances without a problem. I would recommend this video to anyone who is interested in learning to do vintage dances and who wants to find out more about the history of this particular type of dance. --Let's Dance

These instructional videos will be invaluable to choreographers who create dances for period films or for cotillions and charity balls. They preserve the art form and provide the story of the cultural phenomenon, thus making a perfect addition to dance, design, and anthropological libraries. --Dance On Camera Journal

...Even after more than a decade of practicing Ragtime Dance, we found new material here and intend to share it with our students. --Folk Dance Scene

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Good Brother Cadfael on June 8, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What a treat Ragtime DVD is! I got it yesterday and watched it, then my husband watched it with me when he got home from work. We have always been more interested in the older social dances from the Vernon and Irene Castle era, and now we realize that we can do these dances ourselves. A couple who does vintage ballroom recommended this series to us, and I am so glad we bought this DVD!

OK, enough gushing, here's the facts:

1. the DVD is divided into five lesson chapters, and you can select the chapter you want. Using my computer, I was further able to select individual steps. Each has a short commentary by Carol Teten which sets the dance in its proper historical perspective.

2. the five dances you learn are:

animal dance, Castle Walk, tango, maxixe (forerunner of the samba), hesitation waltz

3. each dance is divided up into different steps. Each step is usually shown a couple of times and also shown with a close up of the feet. The movements are clear and it is easy to see the couple's feet. Ms. Teten counts out the steps in a way that makes it very easy to understand what is going on. The couple is a wonderful dance team and their dress is not distracting. After you learn each individual step, the couple returns, dressed in period garb (awesome costumes - the woman even wears a little Dutch cap a la Irene Castle for the Castle Walk series) and executes the steps in a sequence that you can learn to do easily.

4. none of the steps is impossible or even particularly difficult. And those animal dance steps are so cute! We really loved all the old-fashioned tango variations - they look more like the kind of tango we want to do than either standard ballroom or Argentine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Brickman on November 20, 2005
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I love ballroom dancing with my husband and have already studied parts of the `How to Dance Through Time' -6 volume set. I have taken ballroom dance classes but loved these videos that showed me early ballroom dances, which led to those variations, which our teacher has taught us. My husband and I are experimenting with many of these vintage dances because we love history (as well as dance). We found the instruction extremely clear and concise, enabling us to learn many of the dance steps, while actually having fun. Now, we are asking friends to join us so we can experiment with a greater variety of the dances. We are creating a club!
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By Michele Shelton on January 22, 2015
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It was better then I expected
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