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Jean Butler's Irish Dance Master Class

4.2 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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Jean Butler knows Irish dance. The original star of Riverdance, she took Irish dancing to a new level showing just how exiting it can be.Suitable for those just beginning to explore Irish dance to the more accomplished dancer.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000929UNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Cammila Albertson on December 2, 2005
This DVD has virtually everything you need to learn Irish dance as an amateur, or practice as a serious dancer. You learn the most basic movements by themselves, then in the context of dance, with lots of close ups and explanations so that you can back it up and practice a single move as many times as you need. For those who already have a good handle on Irish dance, or who have practiced the simple moves enough to master them, there is a full performance that you should be able to watch and imitate if you're at that level. There's even a section in which Jean demonstrates each foot position and movement by itself in case the move or even just the vocabulary is difficult for you. The music is also great, and on top of all that, it's an intense workout with a few "core stability" (serious ab work) moves included to aid with performance as well as appearance. A+
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I absolutely hate practicing technique on my own at home. We do drills in class and we're supposed to do them at home as well, but it's hard to get motivated, and if there's no one else around me doing the drills, I tend to slack off and not push as hard as I should. So this dvd works for me because I can watch good dancers doing the drills correctly, and I can practice along and imitate them. I also like that she stops to stretch throughout the workouts, that is something that I definately need to do more. And I also particularly liked the warm-up section, it kind of reminded me of a Richard Simmons workout routine, only not so irritating :) The dvd also has a nice feature where you can turn off the commentary and just do the exercises with the music and watch the dancers.
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Don't get me wrong, though. This requires practice. Serious practice. As an absolute beginner in Irish Dance, the first thing I discovered when trying this DVD was that what looked difficult to watch was actually TEN times more difficult to do! The first time I tried this program, I was dismayed to find that I couldn't progress beyond the "Point Pull Back" exercise. However, I practiced a bit each day, for several weeks. Now, I've nailed, not only "Point Pull Back," but also the jumps. It's true, though, that this DVD was not designed with the absolute beginner in mind: the 20-year-old girl who never set foot in an Irish Dance class. But that doesn't mean that she, or anyone else, can't still do it. Besides offering numerous extras , this phenominal program allows the dancer to create their own routine of up to twelve exercises. What does that mean? That means, if you want to practice nothing but "Clickwork," you can select "Chickwork" up to twelve times (which winds up to be about an hour, as one "Clickwork" session is five minutes). And, if you don't like the Warm Up, you can skip it altogether and do "Clickwork," "Fast Trebles," "Jumps," whatever! The possibilities are endless! Personally, I can't even manage "Slow Trebles" just yet. With time and practice, however, I know I'll one day be able to Irish Dance with the best of them! This DVD is perfect for those (like me) who haven't been dancing since they were three, but still want to get on the bandwagon. By the time you've mastered this program, you will be able to convincingly assert that you've been dancing since age three! Regardless of your level, though, this DVD is an invaluable resource. I'd give it a ten if I could!
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I am an adult advanced level irish dancer and I love this DVD. I use it all summer when we are on break from class to drill the basics and stay sharp. The combinations are challenging and fun. All the dancers who are demonstrating are technically fabulous, each with their own style which is fun to see. The music is really nice. A refreshing change from our normal accordian etc.... But a word of caution. This is NOT for beginner dancers! This would be so frusterating to try to use as a beginner because Jean does not spend any time teaching the combinations or explaining the steps themselves. You just have to follow along. Sometimes it is hard to see exactly what the dancer's feet are doing because of the black shoes black floor and black pants combination. The glossary at the end goes in to more instruction of basic moves used in the DVD, but in my opinion still falls short of the kind of guidence a beginner needs. There is no section on leaps or on pointe work (Block, toe, overtoes, whatever you call them) which I think was probably wise since these moves, epecially pointe, can cause injury if you don't know what you are doing. A good investment for the intermediate and above dancer.
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As an irish dancer, I am always on the look out to improve my dance and movements. Jean Butler, provides the ultamit video for this!
You can use one of her work outs, or you can build your own. The music is great and keeps you going during some of the more diffcult work outs ( like the jump section).
The brilliant part of this video is the fact that you can creat your own workout, which allows you to tailor it to your needs. Plus you won't get bored doing it.Really helps break up a prctice routine quite nicley.
It is also brilliant for any stage of dancer, from beginers to open, there is something for you.
There is a glossary section that is a huge help when trying to figure out how to do some foot work. Plus as any irish dancer knows everyone calls one step a differnt name, rally's are a prime example of this.
Jean puts an emphanises on warming up, cool down stretching. Which is so important and often over looked at times in dance class. She also has some great core stability workouts that kill your abs! Her interview with some dancers from Dublin is really cute too!
It is stated taht this is also good for someone who really hasn't had any irish dance training. I would find it a bit hard for people who don't know the sport, or the basic steps to keep up with some of the work outs.
Jean has also thrown in some of her new dances, which is fine, they are okay, more modern then irish, but brilliant none the less.
If you are a irish dancer and you are looking for a good way to practice and improve your technic then this is the DVD for you. It is well worth your money!!
My teacher noticed a differnce and I am sure yours will too!
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