Body Motion: Modern Dance Workout - Horton Technique
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2 DISC SET - Level 1 and Level 2 - over 3 hours in length!
Body Motion is a full body workout that uses Modern Dance techniques to sculpt, shape and tone your entire body. Taught by professional dancer and experienced teacher, Katharina Worthington, each class is designed to challenge you with Lester Horton dance technique. As your body becomes stronger you will notice a change in your muscle tone, your sense of balance, your physical endurance, your energy level, your coordination and your everyday posture.
This multi-level series is appropriate for both newcomers to the dance as well as seasoned dancers. The moves in each exercise are carefully demonstrated and broken down for the beginner dancer while the progressive difficulty of Level 2 is designed with the more advanced dancer in mind. Both DVDs contain an Extended Practice Session that allows you to bypass the explanations for a non-stop workout.
LEVEL 1 - introduces you to basic foundational movements that focus on contracting the abs and developing strength and control.
LEVEL 2 - is for experienced dancers who are looking to fine tune their technique, enhance their balance and to continue their training. Level 2 is a similar structure to Level 1 but the exercises are modified to use more strength, balance, and flexibility.
You will notice a change in your legs, arms, shoulders, buns and abs right away because each DVD is structured like a real dance class. Each class consists of: - warm up - flat backs exercises - squats - plies - tendues - lateral strengthening - deep floor stretches - balance study - traveling steps - combinations - cool down
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The dvd is broken into chapters. First there is an explanation of the section, 2nd the section is performed with counting; 3rd the section is performed to music only. This for all sections except the stretching.
There is an extended workout without the tutorials. It clocks in at about 40 minutes.
If you have ever taken a modern dance class, all of the moves will look familiar to you. One thing that was missing for me were isolations and release swings. Don't know why she chose to leave those out. The class includes egyption walks but lateral pulls would have been nice. You will need to be on hard wood floors or uncarpeted floors. Give yourself lots of space to freely do the combination.
Overall I liked the beginners class and I was so tired that I only did the combination once which includes going to the floor and rising which is good for your abs. I wish the floor work had been more extensive as I love to stretch Would have loved to see more of horton's floor work especially in dvd 2. His floor work can be super challenging and fun.
What I didn't like was the music. It was euro techno something or the other. I've take a horton intro class at Alvin Ailey and it's the music that gets me going. A horton class usually has live percussion which is lively, easy to hear the accents and inspiring. This music added nothing to the movement and it was sometimes hard to hear the accents and timing, IMO. That's the only reason why I only gave it 4 stars.
As for the cuing, sometimes, the teacher's cuing didn't match the movement. Sometimes the movement didn't match the music. The music for the combination was boring. I would have liked music with more of a percussion jazz feel. But oh well it is what it is and musical taste is subjective so don't let that stop you from getting this dvd. If you love modern dance classes but can't get to one, this dvd is a great substitute.
The technique and combinations are taught well. The techinque is taught so well that you won't hurt yourself although because of my bad knees, I could not do grande plies. I would have liked to see the combination from different angles, though. Also I wished she would have counted the combination with the music, once thru as the music is not dynamic enough to easily pick up the timing.
Will I do it again? Yes. It was challenging and it will be my once a week workout. I only watched dvd 2 and it is harder than dvd 1. In the extended workout, she adds all of the sections from dvd 1 to dvd 2 to make it a longer more comprehensive dance class. On dvd 2 both combinations are danced. It would have been nice if they had put both combos together from beginning to end since I think the music is the same. Overall Very very nice.
I finally did Disc 2 and it kicked my butt! All the variations are good. The advanced tendu sequence is done at tempo and double-time, the stretch sequence includes some pilate-esque ab work that will work you and I really liked the advanced movement combination at the end.
This is definitely better done on a wooden floor, BTW and where you have room to swing your arms, kick your legs etc and move across the floor. If she ever decided to do a follow-up DVD I'd be all over it. It's always better to take class in person but if you can't, then something like this is really wonderful to have on hand.