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New York City Ballet Workout (2000)

Peter Martins , Sarah Jessica Parker , Richard Blanshard , Rebecca Metzger-Hirsch  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Martins, Sarah Jessica Parker, Helne Alexopoulos, Albert Evans, Edwaard Liang
  • Directors: Richard Blanshard, Rebecca Metzger-Hirsch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: 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: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000056MMR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,110 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Dolby Digital 5.1/stereo classical soundtrack
  • Dolby Digital 5.1/stereo contemporary soundtrack
  • Optional voiceover
  • Individual exercises option
  • Video diaries: Deanna, Edwaard, Helene, Albert
  • Interviews: Alex, Rebecca, Peter, Christopher
  • Behind the scenes
  • Dance and the City
  • Selected exercises to help in football, skiing, and racquet sports
  • DVD-ROM content: video glossary, photo gallery, Web links

Editorial Reviews

Learn to develop lean abs, firm glutes, sculpted legs, strong arms, perfect posture-and a dancer's grace and poise. Created by Ballet Master Peter Martins and New York City Ballet in association with New York Sports Club, featuring company dancers, this is a workout you'll love: stretches and exercises that blend art with fitness. Introduced by Sarah Jessica Parker. Sponsored by Lanc(tm)me. DVD has many extras. 90 min.

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220 of 220 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grace and poise -- but some experience helps October 1, 2002
Format:DVD
This DVD is excellent for toning and lengthening your muscles, and will definitely work up a sweat. The workout is divided into 17 segments, which can be viewed all at once, one at a time, or as part of four sections. Exercises 1-4 are warm ups, includes some dance steps that get your blood pumping and some nice stretching. 5 & 6 work your abdominals. 7-9 are "floor barre," which means you lie on your back and keep everything stable except the moving leg -- very effective. 10-16 are leg work, such as degagees, tendus, and grand battements. Finally, 17 is a cooldown with some stretching. Note that there is no instructor-led dance segment after all that barre/center work, as there is in a dance class.
There is one main thing I don't like about this DVD -- the verbal cuing is terrible. At the very end, the narrator says, "Rather than follow my instructions, follow the dancers, the music, and listen to your body." Yeah, well, tell me how to follow the dancers with my face in my knees. A few viewings should make this much less of a problem, but the first times through may be frustrating, especially during the (almost silent) cooldown, when your neck is craned around to see what's going on.
I don't know if someone with no ballet experience would find this DVD very rewarding. Although no special equipment is required, there is no explanation of technique, and the narrator makes frequent use of ballet terminology. Perhaps in conjunction with one of the ballet instruction videos or books, this would be better for beginners, but I think a semester of ballet classes would be more reward for the money in that case.
Given those caveats, this is a great workout to intersperse with your other strength and aerobics workouts.
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and challenging April 18, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I've wanted to buy a workout video for some time now, but I was put off by the blonde, perky, caffinated aerobics instructors that seem to saturate the market. I bought this DVD with the hopes that it would be sophisticated, relaxing, challenging, and inspiring. It did NOT disappoint. The dancers are beautiful, the music soothing--not that you're listening when you're trying to hold an arabesque or do the dreaded abdominal segment.
Like other reviewers, I have to agree that this workout doesn't live up to its claim that everyone can do it. Not only are the movements not explained, I don't feel that the video reminded you enough to straighten your back, tuck your tummy in, not stick out your rear, keep your arms held up, head straight etc. etc...all fundamental elements in ballet form (and really important for building strength, balance, etc.) I'd recommend that anyone using this video have had some basic ballet training in the reasonably recent past. (I took four years of ballet while in college...I stopped about four years ago, when I graduated.) Also, I consider myself as having above-average coordination, and the second warm-up movement taxed it a bit. (On the other hand, it's nice to know that I'll have something to grow into.)
That aside, the DVD was wonderful. The options to turn off the audio commentary and change the music are terrific, and the interviews with the dancers are fun. I hope that any other workout video that I buy is as entertaining as this one!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good workout for people with ballet background April 2, 2002
Format:DVD
This video will give you a good workout if you stick with it and try to improve each time. You will see results in stregth, posture and flexibility. I have some background in ballet so I didn't have the problem that i think the average viewer would, which is that he uses ballet terms without describing them. It's basically a "watch and do" video, but is inconsistent in that it takes greater time with some things and less at others. I find it helpful because I need a class or tape to follow along to or I just won't finish my workout. It won't make you sweat, necessarily, however you get out of it what you put in. If you take the time to stretch a little bit further each time, and push yourself then it's a great video. I'm trying to get back into shape for dance and for me it really serves my purpose. I thought it was a little too "Presentational" for my taste, showing off the dancer's moves and bodies (in smoke backgrounds) more than actually helping you to achieve proper form. The narrator's cues are often way off from the movements that the dancers are doing, which I find pretty annoying, but I still think you can get a lot out of this DVD. I recommend the DVD over the video because you can skip the introduction easily or skip to any part of the workout, in case you decide to only do certain parts each day or want more conditioning in one area. For ballet dancers: It is comprised of basic exercises, from a basic warmup, to some stretching, then tendu, degage, grand battement, plie, passe, etc. For non ballet dancers, it's a chance to learn (by watching) what all of those things I just mentioned are.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful video, amazing workout April 4, 2001
Format:DVD
Some of the reviewers are saying this is too hard to follow. I disagree. I have never studied ballet in my life and I found this very simple to follow. The exercises are broken down by name (DVD) so its easy to learn what the fancy names mean. The moves are clearly shown and are very easy to follow. Proper form takes a while, but I am starting to notice how my body is moving and how it should be moving compared to the dancers on my TV. And I am noticing results already. I only wish the there were MORE excercises on the DVD because I love it so much, even though there is about an hour already. ...The cinematography is gorgeous, and the dancers are amazing.
The DVD version is amazing. I love the interviews, diaries and behind the scenes footage. For someone who studies ballet or wants to dance professionally, this is is a must have over the VHS version.
The reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the 2nd and 3rd warm up sections are like intermediate or advanced ballet dance routines. I try to follow as best I can for someone who never took ballet. But, its just the warm-up so it does not ruin the workout at all. And the hype about Sarah Jessica Parker is aweful. She talks for just over a minute and it does not have anything to do with the workout at all. I was hoping for a bit more with her on the DVD.
But I do LOVE this workout!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 10years later and i still love this dvd
10years later and i still love this dvd. i'm not the most graceful person but i always feel somehow elegant and beautiful when i do these exercises. Read more
Published 11 days ago by mamanValentine
3.0 out of 5 stars Good workout, bad DVD
This is a nice workout, reminiscent of a ballet class with a little more conditioning. It's a moderate-intensity 60-minute workout. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a gym workout
this is how you get toned.
Published 2 months ago by Sk8
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a feel good DVD
I like simple and fun stuff. And this is a great way to start the morning. I can dance now.
Published 5 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars I will do it someday
I think one really needs a full-length mirror to make this effective not just a regular full length mirror but one that has generous width that as well so that you can check your... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chelle C.
5.0 out of 5 stars New York City Ballet Workout.
Bought this for my adult daughter. She heard about how good the New York City Ballet Workout is. She said it gives her a complete workout including stretching. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rita B.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT workout
I love, love, love this DVD. You wouldn't think you would work up quite a sweat but you do, and once you're all through, you just feel so much better and hold yourself straighter... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jade Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitness never felt so good!
I bought this as a replacement since my kids took over my older copy and it mysteriously disappeared into the vortex of a teenage girl's room. Read more
Published 12 months ago by KayJay
3.0 out of 5 stars I ordered this for my girls
They are Irish step dancers, their tutor recommend this as a supplement. Its a little tough but we'll see. Some lovely ballerina's too
Published 13 months ago by bob cratchit
3.0 out of 5 stars More of an esthetic, than a workout
Maybe I'm more used to a true to form workout DVD. This one offers pointers, as well as ideas to try. However, I feel as a workout DVD, it may not be my first choice. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Crystal Riels-Quintero
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