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Urban Jam: Hip-Hop Dance with Laya Barak: Open level hip-hop dance classes, Hip-hip dance instruction, Hip-hop dance routines (2007)

Laya Barak , Laya Barak  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Urban Jam: Hip-Hop Dance with Laya Barak: Open level hip-hop dance classes, Hip-hip dance instruction, Hip-hop dance routines + You Got Served - Take It to the Streets (Dance Instructional) + Learn To Hip Hop Collection: Volume 1, 2 & 3 - Featuring Shane Sparks
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Product Details

  • Actors: Laya Barak
  • Directors: Laya Barak
  • 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: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RDO27M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Laya Barak began her training in her hometown of Detroit, studying modern, jazz, ballet, and tap but found her greatest inspiration in the dance style of hip hop. Spending summers at The Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, Laya has trained with some of the top choreographers and teachers anywhere. She continued her studies at Indiana University where she gained her degree in Dance Peformance. Laya was the co-director of Indiana's In-Motion Dance Company, and also co-choreographed and directed the award winning dance concert Revival. Today, Laya teaches workshops and master classes around the US and abroad including Canada, Israel and Australia. She is on the faculties of Steps on Broadway's "The School at Steps" and Dance New Amsterdam, both in New York City. Laya Barak is also a singer/songwriter. You can hear her music at

Product Description

Laya Barak's Urban Jam - Hip Hop Dance program offers instruction in innovative hip hop styles for skill levels from beginner to professional. The program includes a warmup and isolations section, followed by beginning, intermediate, and advanced routines, and then an additional breakdown of the beginner routine (separate upper and lower body breakdowns are shown)...

The warm up and isolations provide you with a basic stretch, together with exercises that will improve the upper and lower body coordination that is so essential for hip hop dance.

The beginner hip hop dance routine is broken down step-by-step with ample repetition. An additional Arms and Lower Body section breaks down separately - move-by- move - all the arm and footwork of the beginner routine.

The intermediate routine involves more detail in upper body accents. Musicality also becomes more important, as the routines get more complex. In the advanced section the movement is more challenging, as the tempo accelerates and the choreography becomes more intricate.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energy and Fun in Dance September 19, 2007
This excellent dance instruction DVD starts with a terrific warm-up, that centers on isolations and stretches. In order to do all the stretches full-out, you'd have to be quite limber, but you can do them at your own level, and still get a lot out of it. This warm-up section is good even if you don't want to continue on to the dance routines, as it makes a great morning "wake-up" as well as a relaxing way to get the tension out of your body after a hard day. Loose pants and a soft stretchy top, with sneakers, is what Laya Barak, and her 2 assistants, Jonathan Lee and Eleonora Barbacini are wearing, and the presentation is well done, with simple lighting and camera angles enabling you to see what is being demonstrated clearly. Music is by Jay T. Jenkins and Mervyn Theodopolis Jr. (Warmup), Daryl "D. Roe" Monroe (Beginner & Advanced), and Ray Johnson (Intermediate).

The Beginner routine is easy but fairly long; the choreography flows well though, and the movements are broken down and explained enough to be able to assimilate it and make memorization easier. When performed up to tempo with the music you should be able to dance and enjoy it, and though some dance background would help a lot, enough passion for dance and desire to learn (and enough practice!) will get you through the routine if you are a beginner. The Intermediate picks up the pace a lot, as well as the length of the routine, and the Advanced is jammin'! It's a joy to watch Laya perform this invigorating and innovative dance form. She is a marvelous dancer, who completes every movement to its maximum point with precision and speed, as well as having musicality and that indefinable thing in dance called "line." Bravo Laya!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars young at heart? September 22, 2007
By Seir
Keeping up with change is a delight as I watch in amazement at the versatility of movement of the human body. I discovered Hip hop and its appeal and consider myself young at heart as I execute these awesome moves.
I am impressed at the depth of detail and instruction by Laya and found her program very delightful.
The program begins with a warm up that is almost dance itself, the music is catchy and you find yourself dancing and looking forward to more. Here, you don't need a partner, dance alone or invite the crowd, everyone is welcome and come as you are!
The footwork section in the beginner program is my favorite. It took me a few rewinds to be able to follow along some, but here I am jamming! There is also an arm break-down section of the beginner routine, emphasis on isolation and then you have the pleasure of merging both sections into a most fun routine. Each move is counted by the instructor as you follow along and she breaks down every detail.
The instructor is knowledgeable, not dressed in jargon or frill but does her job to the point as you watch your body conform to the urban jam style. This is expressive dancing in fashion,innovative and fresh..
I am impressed by the variety in traveling steps, they are expressive; complemented by implementing slides, bounces, hits, body rolls, drops.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced segments are explained with clarity and simple language, and each combination is counted so that each move is executed in time and with ease to follow along.
The intermediate routine is slightly challenging, almost disco at first, beginning with a groove, but don't be fooled as the moves become detailed and the body motion changes into very aerobic movement.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun December 30, 2007
My daughter, who is a ballet and hip hop dancer, loves this DVD. She thinks it's excellent and the routines very creative and innovative. I am not sure how easy this could be for a complete beginner. My daughter tends to believe that you need to have at least some basic experience of street dances. If you do, you'll find the routines very challenging and attractive. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your own private hip-hop class July 11, 2008
I'm still making my way through this DVD but I do give it two thumbs up so far. The warm-up is thorough, and the way the routines are broken down are clear. The beats don't really move me but I figure that once I understand what's going on I am free to swop out my favourite jam, so that's a small nit-pick.I prefer that she is facing us and at least she's mastered the art of mirroring , so that I'm not overthinking whether she means her right or mine.
It's not a dance cardio DVD, although if you rewind and review often enough you'll be breathing hard. The choreography is what some would call "studio" hip-hop: very light and smooth, but deceptively simple-looking. If you haven't found a hip-hop dance instructor you like, you could do a lot worse than take class with Ms Barak in the privacy of your own home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 27, 2009
A very good video for the beginning dancer. Has three routines with various difficulty. The pace, explanation, and instruction are all of high quality. I would suggest this video to anyone who wants to begin to learn the style of hip-hop dancing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool moves broken down February 9, 2011
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I wouldn't say this an exercise video so much as a dance instruction video. But as far as dance instruction goes it's very thorough. If you're like me and have no formal training but feel like you have good rhythm this is an excellent video. Every 8 count is broken down and repeated. The DVD cueing is great because the back button takes you back to the beginning of the 8 count you're currently working on so if one is particullarly challenging it's easy to repeat without searching. There are also options for further breakdowns for feet only and hands only. The only negatives are that it's a little boring as Laya is not a "peppy" type and the set is on a gray stage. Also, the music is a little "hard" for my taste though not offensive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
this video is pretty good, I like the combination that is used, but the break down and angles could be better
Published 16 months ago by Midwestern Dancer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
My oldest daughter and I were the only two in my house (out of 5 females) that could follow along to this video. The younger girls gave up before they even tried on this one. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars dvd
great teaching tool as long as you don't get bored with it , son got bored recommend this to people who want to learn how to dance
Published 19 months ago by Neil Eisenwasser
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to be someone's backup dancer... LoL!
I love learning the choreographed moves of the stars from music videos and what not. I haven't taken a trained dance course/class since third grade, but it's still a hobby of mine... Read more
Published 21 months ago by ciarapatrice
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun dances, but all similar
good dances. it's obvious the instructor has a lot of experience and is a great dancer. however, I didn't think there were a lot of differences between the moves in the different... Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Lindsay44
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun tape
Dance lessons in my living room, exactly what I need - So I would not be embarested in public. Has several sections with detailed demo so you can figure it out at your own passe. Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by tlacombe33
4.0 out of 5 stars very fun
i like the routines, nothing to crazy. anybody can learn these moves over time. its a good workout also. instructions are easy to follow.
Published on April 6, 2012 by johnEblaze
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
The moves are good, but presentation as an actual intructional video leaves a whole lot to be desired. I wish some of these dance professionals (? Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by biff
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
I like this video; it was a lot of fun. My kids enjoyed it as well. It is very difficult, but a great workout and looks really cool when you get it down.
Published on June 7, 2010 by J. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
I thought this would be gret for exercising but it's not. This is not easy for beginners and its not fun at all. Read more
Published on October 31, 2009 by S. Mallard
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