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Dance Lessons 101: The Basics and Beyond
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Dance Lessons 101 is the best starting point for Ballroom, Country, Swing, and Latin Dancing. This DVD is proof you can learn to dance without live lessons! You will be dancing the Slow Dance, Waltz, Swing, Salsa, Two-Step, Cha-Cha, Hustle, and West Coast Swing in a matter of minutes. Also referred to as the Ultimate Couples Dancing Instruction Video for Beginners, Dance Lessons 101 was designed and developed with the end-user in mind. Customer feedback received from Shawn Trautmans acclaimed DVD, the Couples Ultimate Dance Sampler, was the key to developing such a user-friendly and easy-to-follow curriculum. Now, with just one DVD, you can quickly learn eight of the most popular social dances. Dance Lessons 101 includes nearly two hours of instruction, picture-in-picture technology, HD filming for optimum clarity, and multiple camera angles to ensure that you, the student, get the best view. Each step and move is taught for both the leader and the follower as well as together, allowing you the option of learning with or without a dance partner. Also, menu selections in the DVD provide you with options of going from one dance to another without hassle. Your instructors, Shawn and Joanna Trautman, will have you dancing in a matter of minutes! Owning this DVD is the equivalent of having your own private instruction at home for a fraction of the cost. Whether learning for an event like a wedding or a cruise or if you simply want to try something new to get out and stay fit, Dance Lessons 101 is the best choice to start and feel good about your new hobby. From Dance Lessons 101 you can jump into one of Shawn and Joanna's newest additions to the Shawn Trautman Instruction line with Two-Step 101, Swing Dancing 101, Waltz 101, Hustle 101, Cha Cha 101, Salsa 101, Nightclub Two-Step 101, and West Coast Swing 101.
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Some people are gifted with the 'it' factor, and when it comes to dance & getting people dancing, Shawn not only has 'it', he literally wrote the book. Drawing on experiences from his country-western roots, time spent coaching on the ballroom & swing circuits, his MBA, corporate leadership training, & his expertise in senior level program mgmt, Shawn will get you dancing in no time. Once you step onto the dance floor with Shawn, you'll understand why students around the world submit success stories and clamor for more!See all Editorial Reviews
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Some reviews complain that this video is advertisement for other products by the Trautmans. It is not. It teaches real dance steps that you can use within minutes.
It is a sampler that teaches dance steps with information telling you exactly where to go to get more of a certain dance style you are interested in.
At the end of each dance style, the instructors demonstrate some more advanced moves and explain which of their additional videos will teach them.
This method teaches different dance steps and how to combine them to truly do a lead/follow dance rather than a bunch of disjointed movements leaving you not knowing how to proceed.
If you know what dance you wish to learn, then get that video specifically.
If you are like me and just wanted to dance but didn't know where to start, this is a great video to get you started. I am glad I bought it as my husband and I are trying dances that I erroneously believed we would not be interested in.
Shawn and his wife do an excellent job of teaching both lead and follow to every dance. This was so much easier to follow and learn then other products I have seen.
Do a little research into this product line and you will not be disappointed.
I would have liked to have detailed instruction; repetition, and break down of the moves.
I bought another video at the same time by dance crazy, Ballroom dance mastery system, and it goes into great detail on the dances. I think if you are learning the waltz, rumba, or foxtrot, you are better with more detail.
His website has a breakdown of each move that is taught for each dance on this video. To find the list, go to his website, [...] Locate this DVD and then click on "What dances and moves are taught in Dance Lessons 101?"
He covers a lot of territory on this DVD!
This DVD starts with the "rules of engagement," how to hold on to your partner, where to stand, which foot to start on and then progresses through the different dances from the easiest to the more difficult.
While ladies are always right and guys get what's left, the guys get to lead. They should take advantage of it! Shawn explains the WHAT and HOW of being a good lead. Ladies, we don't get to be our partners "coach" on the dance floor. This too is a learning process.
There is no need to master all the dances or moves on this DVD before you go dancing. If you want to learn "something" in a hurry, start with slow dance and if you have time, add the waltz. The skip feature on your DVD player will be your friend as you review each lesson. Add additional dances when you are ready to move on.
Shawn has done a great job of "condensing" each dance lesson that is taught on this DVD. If the same lesson for each dance were taught in a ballroom setting, it would probably encompass at least a one hour lesson--possibly more than one lesson--just to get the basics.
So, don't be discouraged if you have not mastered all the dances in 124 minutes! Unless you have a dance background, each dance will need to be reviewed over and over again and practiced.
If you only want to learn the basics of each of the dances--slow dance, waltz, two-step, swing, hustle, salsa, cha-cha, west coast swing--this DVD will be enough to satisfy that desire. You will be able to go dancing anywhere with a decent repertoire so that you will look good and feel confident on the dance floor.
After you have mastered the basics given in each lesson on this DVD, additional DVDs and DVD sets are available that will allow you to expand your horizons if you wish. If you love Two-Step or West Coast swing for instance, Shawn offers three DVD sets for each of those dances that will take you from beginner to intermediate. The individual DVDs in the sets can be purchased seperately.
This DVD can be used to replace ballroom dance class instruction or used as an enhancement for ballroom classes. It may also serve as a refresher course if you haven't been dancing in awhile and want to "brush up" on your skills before a big date or a night dancing.
We own this DVD and have purchased three to give as gifts this Christmas. In addition, we own two of Shawn's three DVD sets. We have purchased them from: Amazon Marketplace Merchants, ebay and from Shawn's website. Ask about price matching.
We have viewed a number of other dance videos. I always find something to take away and use. However, when selecting a DVD to buy and gift, it is hard to beat Shawn's teaching. The inclusion of eight dances on this DVD makes it a winner. If you can only afford one DVD and need it to cover a lot of territory, this is the one to buy.
We found this introductory sample of their instruction to not only be very helpful, but it has quickly become our best reference source during our weekly practice sessions. One warning: use of this dvd has resulted in our purchasing several additional ST 101 Dvds (Swing, NC2S, Waltz, Salsa and Cha Cha) to further progress in our learning so budget appropriately and have fun dancing!