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Pretty Decent Altogether
on August 3, 2007
I'm a beginner in swing. I've only had a single one-on-one lesson with a friend of mine. I did learn a lot more from this DVD. John Hill is very thorough, maybe a little redundant, even. Each "lesson" comes across as a short episode from TV that were slapped onto the DVD in juxtaposition. What I mean by that is, there were a couple times that dance moves they were teaching a more advanced version of were explained in detail on "another episode". But those episodes are NOT on the DVD. Which made it a little difficult to mimic what they were doing -- since the basic version was never explained. It would be nice if the episodes were in order so that right after they taught a simple move, they could elaborate on that one in the next episode. Or if they even released his other episodes onto DVD (I can't find them)
The redundancy I mentioned is that over several episodes he will say the same thing (such as: explaining how to do the basic 4-step... which btw is in every lesson except the last one). That's great for TV episodes where someone may not have seen the previous lessons, but on a DVD, in every lesson, just a few minutes apart, it became annoying -- and there are several things he repeats.
As far as how well he taught the dance moves; they were very easy to understand. He did an excellent job of making sure to cover each move in detail (with the exception of the mention of previous lessons that aren't on this DVD). I already feel, after watching this DVD, that I'm a much more experienced Swing Dancer and would recommend this DVD to someone wanting to learn.... as long as they don't mind the 2-3 dance steps that are never explained on this DVD.