The Go-Go Dance Workout with Angie Pontani: Learn Go-Go dancing (full how-to) in a fitness class
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Go-Go is a fun and fabulous freestyle form of dance that borrows from many dance styles and genres. Popularized in the 1960s with then outrageous moves like the Twist and the Watusi, Go-Go today encompasses everything from those timeless steps to contemporary new dance moves.
Burlesque artist extraordinaire Angie Pontani is a child of New York City and a key figure in the establishment of NYC's modern day burlesque scene. Her interest in retro variety arts combined with a cutting-edge innovative drive prompted her to master and cultivate Go-Go dancing - both as a historical retro style originating in the club culture of the 60s and as a modern sexy, slinky, and light-hearted dance genre favored in nightlife venues around the world.
In her Go-Go Dance Workout, Angie places her focus on classic Go-Go dance moves, a lot of them coming from the 60s and 70s. This high-energy dance vocabulary involving both lower and upper body makes for a fantastic workout: It's varied, entertaining and simple enough to learn as you exercise.
All the music for the Go-Go Dance Workout has been provided by the world-famous Los Straightjackets - one of America s most notable and long-lived rockabilly and rock bands, whose massive touring success shows no sign of stopping. The music of Los Straightjackets, originally 60s-surf-inspired, incorporates R&B, country, and exotica, along with a careefree, sexy Latin vibe - all perfect for backing Go-Go dance performance.
The two main sections of Angie s workout are:
1. Cardio Go-Go - a non-stop sequence of Go-Go dance moves. You remain in constant motion, adding steps at a fast pace. At the end of this section the dance steps you've learned fall into a full Go-Go dance routine to one of Los Straightjackets classic hit songs, Dipinto Twist.
2. Go-Go Box - In this non-stop section you follow Angie in sequences of moves designed to make you feel like you are actually performing on a nightclub stage. Angie goes at a fast pace through multiple repetitions of heart-pumping, body-sculpting Go-Go dance moves. A lot of them are classic Go-Go steps like the Freddy, the Go-Go Gorilla and the Anne-Margret.
The workout is accompanied by a full-fledged tutorial section, the Go-Go Encyclopedia , where Angie walks you through a detailed breakdown of every step used in the workout.
Top Customer Reviews
If you have never danced "GO-GO" before, Angie makes it easy by including a GO-GO Dance Encyclopedia in which the movement vocabulary used in the entire workout program is demonstrated. This can be done by anyone in or out of boots because the movement is simple-like the twist or grapevines done at a fast pace and then layered with arm movement. Following the introduction of go go dance and its elements such as posture, proper warm up, I followed along taken in by Angie's cute costumes and boots only to soon feel the high impact, pumping up the heart rate and breaking a sweat!
The two workout sections are nonstop and definitely work out the entire body.
Section one: Cardio-Go Go: Full body workout that evolves into a full dance routine to the music of Los Straitjackets with rapid movement switches. Some of the movement here are hop and touch, (Pony), the twist, and squats and shimmies. Knee raises can be high or low to vary the impact of the workout.
Section two: Involves more classic movement, such as the Freddie, grapevine, Watusi, mashed potato typical of this dance genre. Section one felt more of a cardio workout than this section.
This program is fun and alluring, and only about 40 minutes long. The cool-down includes a short section of stretches.
My only wish is that there was more additional steps in the cardio go go section. Angie keeps building on the first steps and when you learn a new step, you start from the beginning again. I like the layout in Shaun T's Rockin' Body, he builds a combination of steps over the course of several minutes, moves to new combination then combines them all for a complete routine at the end. Just a personal preference.
The Go Go Box section incorporates more dance styles. Now I just have to get a pair of my own go go boots. Thanks Angie, I look forward to more workout dvds from you.
My only complaint is a minor one. She does have a how-to section for each move, but they're run through rather quickly. It feels more like an intermediate instruction than beginner. I have a hard time keeping up! That said, as long as I keep moving, it's a great workout!