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The Cardio Samba Workout: Brazilian samba fitness classes, Samba how-to, Samba dance instruction


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  • Actors: Quenia Ribeiro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019SPX0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Learn authentic Rio De Janeiro style Brazilian samba ( samba no pe ) as you perform a high-energy dynamic cardio workout. Set to joyful and uplifting Brazilian samba music, The Cardio Samba Workout is designed by Brazilian samba dancer and instructor Quenia Ribeiro, and demonstrated by Quenia and her New York City-based dance company, Grupo Ribeiro.

Quenia blends the dance instruction into the fitness program in a way that will keep you focused on the dance steps as you are working out, so the workout feels like a dance party or a fun dance class.

The Cardio Samba Workout program includes a lesson on the basic Brazilian samba dance steps. Even if you ve never danced samba, you will easily pick up the graceful moves of this elegant dance, clearly explained and repeated again and again at half-time tempo.

An extensive Tutorial section breaks down step-by-step every move and combination used in the four sections of the cardio workout. Going over this section will enable you to start the workout well-prepared: Even if you are a total beginner you will be able to recognize the steps during the workout and follow Quenia and the Grupo Ribeiro dancers.

The cardio, aerobic effect of samba dancing relies on fast steps, hipwork, and full body moves including lunges, level changes, and vigorous upper body & arm movement. So the more you repeat the workout, the faster your dance skill will grow, and the more cardio benefits you will receive.

During the four-part workout, each section is repeated first slowly, and then at the real samba dance tempo. The most intense aerobic sections are the fast-tempo samba: They may be challenging at first, but with a few repetitions you will feel comfortable following the program.

The Cardio Samba Workout also includes both, a warmup and a cooldown. The warmup is 25 minutes and can be treated as a flexibility and strength-training workout in itself.

Customer Reviews

The dance is awesome, her breakdown of the steps is great and the format of the dvd is good too.
Consumer
Over all I love Quenia as an instructor and I really encourage people who are interested in dances from the African Diaspora to learn about Samba in all its' styles!
Elle
Many preferred a moderate exercise for longer periods to condition and burn calories rather than too fast paced which become short lived and repetitous.
Seir

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By YogaGirl on November 3, 2008
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I just finished doing this workout and it was intense! The workout sections are:
1) samba basic steps - She teaches front foot samba, side to side samba and going back first samba. She teaches it first without music and counts for you. This is excellent as you can get the count and the sway of the hips. I have been doing brazilian dance for years and this is the first time I had someone break it down with precision. She then teaches it with music and at half time and regular time.
2) workout tutorials - She breaks down the workouts (1-4) at half time.
3) Transition samba steps - These are steps you will do between the workouts to keep your heart rate up.

Next is the warm-up. If you have ever taken a dance class, the warm-up will be familar to you. It is a slow warm-up, not very exciting but it gets the job done which is to warm up the muscles.

Then there is the workout which is broken into 4 sections. She does each one slow then up to tembo with a transition step in between each workout. The workouts are on separate chapters in the event you need to repeat one. The steps are not complicated but are fast and challenging as you will be changing directions and turning. I suggest that you have a pretty large dancing space. The last section, 5, is all of the workouts strung together w/o the transition steps at warp speed (up to tempo).

For my first time through I got about 1/2 the steps up to tempo. The samba is very fast and tiring. I sweated up a storm!!! Unless you are in excellent shape and/or a sambanista, you will not get this at tempo the firt time around. That's good because this dvd challenges you so that each time you do it you get a little bit more and a little bit stronger.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lemontree on May 14, 2009
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While reading Esther Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot (Remember When It Didn't Hurt) I took her advice to learn the basic samba step to help my back and hips. I started doing the very first section of the samba video five days ago (just the how to do the basic step). I have done it twice a day since I am a slow learner when it comes to dancing. I'm getting the hang of it. The video has a slow and a moderate speed for each part, so beginners can catch on more easily. I am enjoying it greatly and I recommend it for someone who wants to learn to samba but may be uncoordinated or lack confidence.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lena, Massage Therapist on July 26, 2009
I love Quenia, she is a fluid dancer that you can tell can enjoy the dance in the moment & has a great, friendly, fun personality that comes across that doesn't let you get bored. Like her previous "The Samba Reggae Workout" this is done on stage w/now 3 backup women & no live band, but a great music piped in. Quenia again teaches as she dances, no voice over.
Menu:
* Welcome: 2 min
* Basic Samba: 11 min - Quenia alone slowly teaches fwd, back & traveling to the side. Fwd & back are done differently. She goes very slow here, no music for the first 5 min, but there is for the rest. Luckily Quenia makes up for the lack of music. She occasionally goes into 1/2 speed, but mostly a very slow 1/8-1/4 tempo even for most dance workout dvds. Only at the end does she do a quick at tempo speed practice.
* Step Tutorial: 29 min - broken up into 4 sections, she alone teaches you all the other moves you will learn for the workout, which there are many, but easy to learn, nowhere near as fast as samba, the only hard part being directional changes. She goes so slow, it's hard to picture what it's suppose to look like at tempo. Hip circles, box steps, lunges, etc. She again goes mostly 1/4 tempo, stopping to teach. Again, she is a very good, thorough teacher. She goes over basic samba again for those who need a refresher in the last 2 min.
* Warm-up: 27 min - wow, a very long, thorough stretching that gets even the ankles warmed-up & stretched. Included are yoga sitting fwd bends, standing fwd bends, chair, reclined spinal twists, as well as some crunches, pilates, rib & hip circles, etc. Done w/her dancers.
* Workout 26 min - broken up into 5 sections, she & 3 backup dancers do the previous 4 sections, first in 1/4 tempo, then full VERY fast tempo.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bella Alma on July 18, 2009
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I have all three of Quenia's workout DVDs. I absolutely LOVE her Samba Reggae Workout, which was her second DVD. It feels like more of a workout than her first DVD, which I only did once because I found it hard to follow. Since there was so much improvement from her first DVD to her second one, I couldn't wait for this one. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

As always, Quenia is wonderfully engaging and energetic in this DVD. She is very thorough with her instruction and cuing. The moves are great and authentic. You will definitely work up a sweat if you do it all the way through. There are also lengthy warm up and cool down segments.

However, something about the format of this DVD really takes away from my enjoyment of it. The routine does not flow as smoothly as her Samba Reggae workout. There are too many interruptions. The segments seem disconnected from each other instead of flowing as one whole piece.

I also miss Grupo Ribiero, Quenia's live musicians. I don't know why the decision was made to play a recording instead of having the live drummers, but that took away from the workout. I loved the intensity and authenticity that the live drummers brought to her previous workouts. Hopefully they will return in her next DVD, which I will buy.
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