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Really good intro/instructional video,
This review is from: The Exotic Dance Workout: Exotic dance fitness workout, Exotic dance instruction and class (DVD)First of all, I actually bought two Madame M's, another instructional DVD called Strip To It, and one of the "Fawnia" striptease DVDs, all at one. I think the combination of all really worked to strengthen the impact of each one individually. If I'd had any ONE of these DVDs only, I wouldn't have gained enough movement vocabulary to put any kind of routine together. Okay, so that said, about this DVD in particular.
I'm 40 and have ballet, tap, jazz dance experience, but nothing in the way of social dancing, hip-hop, or exotic moves at all, and little confidence in this area. For me, this DVD as an instructional video was really tasteful, perfectly paced, unintimidating, and approachable. After instruction on certain moves, you do a short little combination to show you how you can link some of the moves together. I personally spent a lot of time rewinding and practicing each individual move over and over until it felt natural for my body, and then moved on to the next bit. I think that approach really helped me do the choreography part. Three sections - standing, floor and chair - I was particularly interested in the standing part, not so much the rest, so I personally wished the sections were longer. But in combination with the Strip to It DVD, it gave me great stuff to work with.
The demonstration routines at the end not entirely representative of the moves you learn throughout the DVD - they were faster, and included lots of new moves and combinations you don't see earlier. But you can't learn everything in one DVD. Besides, the demos are good for giving you ideas.
For the people who have or might criticize this DVD for it's music, or lack of work-out, or whatever - this is definitely not clubby, hip-hoppy, Christina Aguilara "do-me" type of stuff; and it's definitely not a dance-along work-out kind of thing. It's instructional. Learn it, practice it, find your own music, put your routine together, and pass the DVD onto someone else who wants to learn how to be a little more sensual with their bodies.
I'm pleased with the purchase and it's giving me exactly what I wanted.