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Brazilian Dance Workout with Vanessa Isaac

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The Brazilian Dance Workout By Vanessa is already a classic. Named one of the top 10 DVDs of the year by Fitness Magazine and Women's Health and Fitness, this is a fitness title like no other, it paved the way for the current interest in Brazilian Dance and lifestyle! As Shape Magazine says: Exhilarating total whole-body workout! Inspired by Brazilian dance styles this DVD is a fun and effective workout. It brings together the rhythms and energy of Afro-Brazilian percussion and the sensuality of Brazilian dance! Filmed in a beautiful outdoor setting, this DVD will inspire you to shape up! The Brazilian Dance workout is a energetic 60 min. cardio workout for all fitness levels. The easy-to-follow workout combines the rich and intoxicating dances and rhythms of Brazil: Samba, Samba Reggae, African, Axé and Frevo moves and many others. It is a great routine that will make you sweat and put a smile on your face. It's all about letting the rhythm move you and celebrating life! Brazilian Style! #1 Dance Workout of the Year! - By Fitness Magazine. Named the Number 3 Overall Fitness DVD of the Year - By Fitness Magazine! Full of Energy and Fun... ideal for burning major calories! - Weight Watcher's Magazine. If you love to dance or enjoy Latin sounds, this is the workout for you!- Sweat Magazine. One of the top 10 fitness DVDs of the year! Women's Health & Fitness. * New cover art released. DVD content as 1st edition.

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" An exhilarating total body workout." -- Shape Magazine, July 2004

" An exhilarating total body workout." -- • Shape Magazine, July 2004

"What a joyous, fun workout Vanessa Isaac has put together-you can feel her passion for dance…" -- Fit Magazine, November 2004

"What a joyous, fun workout Vanessa Isaac has put together-you can feel her passion for dance…" -- Fit Magazine, November 2004

..."ideal for those who like to shake it while burning major calories." -- Weight Watchers Magazine

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vanessa Isaac
  • Directors: Mike DeGruy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Hip Brazil
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A59PQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2004
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I have wanted to learn that tricky Samba step ever since I went to visit cousins in Brazil years ago. I came away with a love of Brazilian music and dance, but I never was able to pick up that samba step--I'm not much of a dancer. Here is a workout tape with something to aim for; not only fitness, but learning those appealing dance routines from Carnival.

The tape begins with a longish warm up; a good idea as Brazilian dance, based on African style moves, requires you use EVERY part of your body. So you, like me, may not have moved some of those parts for quite a while. You shake your arms, roll your head, contract and roll the back and do hip swivels, and plenty of shoulder moves, too. The warm up is possibly a sufficient workout for someone very unfit or elderly, in fact.

The first dance sequence is done at half-tempo--but, here's my problem. The first step is not explained (a cross and back) but the easier back undulation at the end IS given instruction. Sure, some people have trouble undulating their spine, but the footwork also needed a bit of elucidation. Still, you can replay that part of the DVD til you get it--but it's a bit of a nuisance not to have a different camera angle or a talk-through. So plan on stopping and starting the DVD as you learn these steps before you can get a non-stop Samba workout.

This workout is particularly excellent for back flexibility. And on that note, if you do hAVE back problems, you might have difficulties with the upper body parts of this workout so consider your own limitations.

The filming is a bit dull--outdoors in a field with palm trees on a portable parquet dance floor. The usual "one from every kind" dance troupe of elderly, young, thin, plump, dark, light is included to make the viewer feel included.
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An upbeat, fun, easy-to-follow workout. I ordered this workout instead of the hundreds of others simply because I wanted more of a dance related style, and while this doesn't teach you how to actually dance Brazilian dances, it gives you a great work out, which is what it's supposed to do. Very fun, very energizing. You will sweat and you will feel it, but you'll also have an easier time getting yourself up off the couch to do a second workout. :) One of the best things is that it's relatively low impact. There is some hopping at the end, but it's not extended. Definitely a plus for someone with bad knees and ankles like me. Highly recommended!
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This is the sort of "break-your-neck-trying" at-home workout to be avoided by the beginner or those not in tiptop shape. "Buyer Beware" because you could seriously hurt your knees or stress your heart trying to keep up with this challenging DVD. This isn't coming from a couch slouch either. I attend regular dance classes and was once a dancer. I wish the workout came in different versions, for beginner, intermediate or advanced. As a dancer I'd say this one is intermediate/advanced. The plus side is that the teacher is engaging and dedicated to her dance form; she just needs to work harder on the teaching part. The live drumming is great! The solos are wonderful--a definite plus, to see so many different styles. I like the fact that there are dancers of various ages, sizes, male and female. I wish those dancers in the workout DVD who are heavier or older were directed to show modifications of the steps so the workout could be useful to various fitness levels, shapes and sizes.
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I hadn't realized it before, but apparently this lady has put out two different workout tapes and I got lucky and got the better one. This Afro-Brazilian workout has great music with a live band, not just background sound tracks, very intelligent instruction, choreography that is not too difficult for beginners nor too boring for the somewhat more experienced, appealing dancers, and the great Brazilian rhythms and moves which leave you soaked with sweat after an hour. This is just like the great Afro-Brazilian dance classes I used to take in L.A. when I lived there. I've been looking for a video like this for a long time and now I've found it. I hope Vanessa produces some more.
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i am always hesitant to buy new workout videos. for the past 3 yrs or better my shcedule has not allowed me to go to a gym, but people always think i do, because i am in very good shape. i have been doing tae bo for yrs now and have yet to find something as challenging and well rounded as this. this is a fun video, i was hesitant as i said but once i got into it, i was glad i got it. from someone who works out everyday, i can honestly say i had a good fast heartrate going and it was a truly intense cardio workout. if you are a beginner or dont feel you catch on quick to moves in workout videos this may be a little bit difficult. i had no real trouble. they dont give you much going over the steps at a slow pace, usually once or twice, but for me that was enough. its fun to put the moves together, and it was a completely different change from the workouts im used to. some of the users who reviewed have suggested its only a way to learn dance or didnt break a sweat, but i disagree. i always work out, and if you follow this instead of watch it, you will be getting something out of it. muito bem!!!!
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