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Broadway Dance Center: Active Isolated Flexibility and Stretching For Dancers

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Active-Isolated Flexibility is a technique of stretching in which we pinpoint, isolate and stretch each individual muscle used to perform to your highest potential. Join internationally renowned Director, Choreographer and Master Teacher, Michèle Assaf, as she takes you through a series of stretches that will reduce your workload by removing tightness so you can swing your limbs more freely. These stretches transport oxygen to sore muscles and quickly remove toxins from muscles, so recovery is faster. Jim Wharton, an exercise physiologist know as "the mechanic" for his ability to fine-tune athletes, and his son, Phil Wharton, a sports therapist and competitive long-distance runner, are president and vice-president of Wharton Performance, Inc. in New York City. The Wharton’s have trained and rehabilitated athletic luminaries from professional football players to dancers on the Broadway stage, track and field stars, and Olympic gold medalists. Their revolutionary ! Active-Isolated Flexibility techniques are practiced in fitness centers all over the world.

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Bayview Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTF0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By kimberly Hahn on August 22, 2006
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I have been a dancer for as long as i can remember and Im always trying to find new ways to better myself. I bought this DVD to gain flexibility as the title suggests and I do feel that the tape has helped me to do this. However, I don't believe that I would be able to execute the exercises in this film had I not been a dancer. The terminology that Michelle uses is not explained and the "take the class" section moves far to quickly for an inexperienced audience. I had to watch it several times before I could keep up with the pace. Even the students on the DVD seem confused at times and are not in sync with Michelle. Furthermore, I dont believe that the stretches can be done properly without some type of guidance as the muscles DO NOT stretch correctly without very procise postioning of the limbs. I perform this routine daily and I have gained excellent strength and flexibility because of it, I just think that perhaps Michelle could have gone into further detail in regards to the stretching for a less familiar viewing demographic.
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Kimberly Hahn wrote a great review I agree with 100%. I am not a dancer by any means, but usually I can do a russian split on a good day, have been doing yoga for over 5 years & rented this in hopes of increasing my flexibility.

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.
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Let me begin this review by saying that just from watching the video, Michèle Assaf is very qualified to be an instructor- she can do all the exercises smoothly as well as being extremely flexible. In my review, I am in no way undermining her as a instructor because I do believe that she is a great instructor.

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.
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This is the great way to keep up your flexibility, especially when you can make dance classes due to heavy work schedules and school.. I highly recommend to dancers and non-dancers. It's a great way to stay in shape.
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