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3.0 out of 5 stars Too little instruction, fun moves, November 1, 2009
This review is from: Dirty Dancing Official Dance Workout (DVD)
Pros:
Great production, stage, lighting, sound
Good choice of dance moves
Tracy Mallet has great cueing & tries to be energetic
Music in the short dance mode is the real thing
8 backup dancers
Breaking up the instruction routine portion from the dance routine portion as well as putting all the 4 diff styles into two different big routines

Cons:
Instructional portions are way too fast, they rarely show any moves in less then 3/4 speed & only a few times before moving on
Most times on anything but basic moves, even the backup dancers don't do the moves anywhere that it's suppose to be
Barely break down moves, and spend more time teaching marches then complicated moves
Barely teach any moves 2x before putting it into the routine
Johnny doesn't know the moves in the routines he didn't teach
Once they get a routine going in the instruction portions or dance routine part, it's very sloppy forms
Cuing or transition to the next move in a routine is poor, most dancers didn't even know always.
Repetition of some moves, silly bunny hops in one routine.
Tracy & Johnny literally read from cue cards on the "chatting" time & seems stilted
Only does a portion of the real songs from the movie soundtrack during the 3-4 min dance routine
Music for instructional portions is a bit too bland, why couldn't they use the same songs in it's entirety?

This could have been a great dance workout dvd. But it seems they rushed the production considering the bad/stilted chatting, bad form, rushed instruction, etc. All they had to do was allow more practice for the dancers & instructors/hosts & more dance instruction. Having one do the same move many times before moving on is a GREAT workout in itself, without needing a perfect routine. If they want to keep the heart rate up, going only 1/2 times several times & many times on normal speed is the best way. Those who know the moves can easily go full speed when half is taught.
With all the over 100 latin, hip-hop, hula, belly dance instructional/workouts I've rented/owned, I still had trouble with this except on moves I did already know & even then I was shocked on how little time they spent teaching before moving on.

Video clips of different areas of the workout at collagevideo com
Youtube clips:
Cal Pozo & John promoting the workout on Todayshow "Dirty Dancing workout"
portion of one of the extended all 4 routines in 1 workout - "Dirty Dancing - The Official Workout"
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