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Live At Broadway Dance Center: Turns and Turn Combo with Michele Assaf

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Join internationally renowned director, choreographer and master teacher Michèle Assaf as she presents an extensive look into the fundamental techniques of Turns. This essential dictionary is perfect for dance students, Beginner through Advanced. Dance teachers will find this guide a must, as Michèle's unique skills put individual turns together into beautiful, thoughtful combinations emphasizing direction changes as well as a wide variety of preparations and transitions in and out of the turns. The turns can be used for technique classes as well as in choreography. Each turn is broken down into three levels, from its basic state to its progression for the more advanced student. Hearing Michèle offer corrections to her diverse group of dancers as well as watching some movement analyzed in slow motion increases the enormous benefits offered in this 60-minute video.

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  • Actors: Michele Assaf
  • Directors: Michele Assaf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KB48GQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was very excited about buying Broadway Dance Center: Turns and Turn Combos, but I was a little skeptical because I couldn't find a single review for it all over the internet. First and foremost, there are no warm-ups and the turns are not broken down step-by-step for instruction, which is understandable because there are SO many! The DVD goes straight into jazz pirouettes and chainé turns with a few tips on spotting while turning. Michele does instruct the dancers to go in slower motion the first time, but she does not break down the turn to help you. All she really does is critique the dancer's turn, which is why it is great for aspiring dancers and instructors, not beginners.

I first got the impression that this was an instructional DVD, though it really isn't. It's more like a turning dictionary, which could be just as efficient. It IS an amazing tool for a dance instructor or a more experienced dancer -- most DEFINITELY not for beginners. Even though it is separated from beginner through advanced, Michele throws around a lot of jazz and ballet lingo that no beginner could understand. If you have taken a few jazz and ballet classes before, it may facilitate understanding her and possibly picking up many tips. In that case, Michele Assaf would be of great assistance to you. I, personally, found the DVD very rewarding.

For my sister, who has never taken a dance class before, this all sounded like Chinese to her. "Dégagé? Chassé? Relevé? What the hell is she talking about?!"
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Rachel Marie's 3/1/07 review is very succinct & I agree 100%. I've never taken a dance class, but own many dance workout dvds & am familiar with some of the terms. I didn't have trouble understanding what Michele meant when directing the students. If you have a HUGE floor space, this could be fun to do with a girlfriend for a few minutes, as some of the turns start to look the same of ll the TWENTY turns she teaches. In other words, this isn't dry/boring & there is music when the dancers demonstrate the moves in normal speed.
Michele teaches the turns in 1/2 speed, holding the important parts for a second before completing the move. Then she shows with students moving across the screen in both directions the way it should look for a beginner, intermediate & advanced one at a time. She also gives good cues such as not allowing your ankle to turn in, etc.
This is fast moving for anyone who hasn't taken classes. I'm not sure who else would need this beyond serious dancers or dance hobbyists.
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spotting, chaine turn, pas de bourree turn, back touch turn, coupe turns, degage turn, pencil, soutenu turn, 2 classical pirouettes, jazz pirouette, 2 pique turns, 2 attitude turns, table top attitude turn, arabesque turn, a la seconde turn, fouette turn, turn combions for across the floor & choreography, in 6's
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The video has 24 turns and/or turn combos-all of which I know, but then again, I'm a dance teacher. It is not instructional, it shows turns just as other reviewers said.
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