Broadway Dance Center: Active Isolated Flexibility and Stretching For Dancers
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(May 02, 2006)
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Michelle teaches you the stretches for about 30 min on a physical/massage table. It is chaptered by muscles & it is taught straight-forward, dry scientifically with medical terminology. She uses analogies to help, but unfortunately there is only one camera angle & sometimes it's hard to read the angle of the stretch. Also, in the teaching segment, only one side is taught (both sides are done in the later class chapter.) The legs are first & almost all require a strap or rope that can always twist the foot medially/laterally in/out while pulling the straight leg toward your head. The legs, feet & toes stretches are the bulk of the streteches as well as a single stretch for major areas of the chest, rotator cuff, shoulders, arms & neck.
Some stretches I have never seen before, some everyone knows such as assisting your bent arm slightly behind your shoulder to stretch your triceps.
After that 30 min, all stretches are shown for 10 min in a gym with mirror with about 6 other people besides Michelle. The camera is far away to show everyone & it's all one shot/angle.
Since Michelle is very flexible, you will see the leg be stretched further then almost any fitness dvd you've seen. Since positioning of feet is important when stretching the legs, I agree with Kimberly you should have great body awareness or be guided in person to avoid injury. There is great potential to overdo it just be somewhat in the realm of the flexibility Michelle shows.Read more ›
However saying this I have to critique this from a home viewers perspective as most people I believe who would be considering buying this video either can't make classes or want to find a video that they can do comfortably from their own home without the assistance of an instructor.
Coming from a non dancing background but have watched/used several exercise videos, I did have expectations which included: The instructors skill, ease of understanding the exercise with different angles provided or demonstrated on another student and the exercise actually working.
Well from my first paragraph the instructor does have sufficient (if not top notch skills) however the ease of understanding the exercise is where this video starts to lose points. Also I have to add that I also bought Active-Isolated Strength Program also by Michele Assaf (which was a far superior "exercise video" compared to this") and I had feeling that this flexibility video was one her first exercise videos. Mostly because you can't see the angles correctly in order to do the stretch. Most of the time it's just a close up of her or her body part in a 2D format so you can't see the other side to gain a real understanding of the stretch.Read more ›
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I probably won't get the results that I want. Go ahead & read the other reviews. They're accurate & I feel no need to repeat.Published on February 26, 2013 by Lila Davis
I'm not a dancer, but I don't agree with another review that said this DVD isn't good for average viewers. I found this DVD extremely easy to follow. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Pseudonym