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Learn To Dance Waltz Volume 1: A complete Beginner's Guide To Dancing The Waltz

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Learn to Dance the Waltz! This DVD teaches the very basics of how to dance the waltz. We include a complete breakdown and detailed instruction for men and women, including dancing to the music, and essential tips for success on the dance floor. Waltz your way to grace, style, and confidence with the help of two friendly and accomplished instructors. You'll learn the essential components of this beautiful dance, such as Rise and Fall, Sway, and Footwork, as well as exploring steps that will showcase your dancing and help you gain the poise to shine on the dance floor! Explore the gorgeous movements that made Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance icons and then incorporate that fluidity into your own steps. You learn everything from the Box Step to the Twinkle and more, all while having a great time! Alison and Eldon will expertly guide you through a wide variety of patterns, while supplying you with plenty of helpful tips and suggestions along the way. You'll be ready to Waltz at your next event with assurance and elegance. We'll see you on the dance floor...

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DanceCrazy.com is one of the world's premier dancing websites. Founded in 1996, as SalsaCrazy.com, DanceCrazy was born of a passion to dance, and a desire to show others how fantastic dancing can be. As our first instructor told us, "It will change your life". Give dancing a try, and you'll find a vibrant world of fantastic people, exciting nightlife, and perhaps a side of yourself you've always wanted to free. We've created these high quality DVDs to showcase how easy and fun dancing can be, and to prove that you (yes, YOU), can do it too! With exciting music, a rich history, and unbeatable, intoxicating, rhythms, you will learn to dance. We guarantee it!

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  • Actors: DanceCrazy.com
  • Directors: DanceCrazy.com
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: DanceCrazy.com
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDEWHQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Before watching and dancing along to this video, I had absolutely no experience with waltz aside from what I've seen in movies. I knew there was a strong element of etiquette and properness to this dance but I was still surprised to find a large chunk of the DVD focused around proper waltz etiquette. I found this portion of the DVD incredibly amusing. I am not one to follow along with the normal rules of society so reviewing this DVD has definitely reminded me I am too much of a rebel to be dancing the waltz in high society any time soon.

Regardless, I did enjoy the DVD and it will be fun to continue to learn waltz just for something to do. I found waltz more difficult and challenging than other dances which is probably just what I need. There is a lot more to think about with all of the rising and swaying. The heel to toe movements adds some difficulty to this dance which I hadn't expected, and I found it gave a pretty good workout on my weak ankles. I also found it very interesting to learn about the different kinds of waltz.

The instructions are clear, and I feel fairly easy for beginners to follow along. If you're not very coordinated as I am, you may have to skip back a few times to review instructions a few times until you get the hang of it. (I did!)
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Great teaching DVD!! I had a horrible experience learning to waltz for an event in high school ages ago, and I was never much of a dancer. This has helped me get over that and prepare for dancing with my daughter at her wedding. The instruction is repeated from numerous angles and broken down for each part of the waltz ( box, turning, moving across the floor, how the dancers bodies "rise and fall") and within the sections are his and her steps, the couple together with instruction, then the couple dancing to music, clear and detailed each in its own chapter on the DVD so you can watch the desired part over and over easily. This has been incredible helpful and confidence building as we both learn to waltz. After getting my copy and starting to learn with my wife; I bought our daughter her own copy so we can each practice at home learning everything exactly the same before we practice together. Be sure to watch the tips and extras, beyond just information about ballroom dancing etiquette, there are gems like how the woman lets her partner know he's dancing back into someone, how to recover a missed step (at least helpful for me the never danced much person). If you are great at dancing, can pick up moves watching others on the dance floor and close enough in form and style is ok you might not need this. If you want great confidence building instruction, and/or want to learn the correct form and style get this DVD! Thanks Dance Crazy I am really enjoying learning the waltz.
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I received Waltz Volume 1 to review. I need to mention that this is Volume 1, and you'll learn the basic Waltz steps, but for more advanced dances, like the Twinkle, you must purchase Volume 2. I only mention this because the Twinkle is in the description, but not on this DVD volume. But what you will learn are the Box, the Turning Box, the Box with Walkaround Turn, and the Progressive Basic.

The instructors are super-friendly, and I have to add, super-graceful. They start each dance section with a demonstration, then go through the Men's Breakdown, the Women's Breakdown, show it then danced together, then danced to music. They do this for the 4 Waltz variations you'll learn.

Don't be intimidated, they show you everything you'll need to know to look as graceful dancing as they do. They show the footwork, timing, the rise & fall, and the swaying necessary to complete the dance in style, and they'll show you each separately, and demonstrate multiple times.

There is a chapter for each of the 4 dance variants for the Waltz, but there are additional chapters that cover other aspects in detail: Footwork and Rise & Fall, Exercises, Tips, Waltz Social vs. Competitive, and Etiquette.

You will learn how to hold your partner, how to lead and guide (men), how to follow (ladies), what frame you would use on a social ballroom floor vs. what you would use in a competition, how to ask someone to dance (men), or if you're tired, how to politely refuse (ladies). They give tips on how to politely warn your partner of an impending crash instead of shouting (ladies), how to avoid a collision with another couple (men), and so much more.

I love that they go into so much detail, and give you plenty of instruction in repetition.
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The Waltz first became a dance during the 16th Century and continues to be one of the most popular dances today. If you're not a dancer, like me, then you've probably don't know too much about the Waltz, except for what we have seen in the movies and on Dancing With The Stars.

DanceCrazy.com has been releasing dancing workouts to DVD for several years. I've been trying out the Beginning Waltz: A Step-By-Step Guide! Volume 1 for the last few weeks. The 63-minute DVD features a male and a female instructors, whom guides you step-by-step through the basic Waltz steps.

The DVD is broken down into these sections:

The Box Step

Rise & Fall

Turning Box

Box with Walkaround Turn

Progressive Basics

Tips, Exercises & Extras

I would like to start out by saying that I have two left feet with no dancing background, so I don't ever expect to be dancing like Fred Astaire. The production for this DVD is simple with a only two instructors, a dance floor that resembles the linoleum floor in my basement and a yellowish curtain in the background. This could be an off point for some viewers, but I'm here to learn how to dance and not to watch a blockbuster film. The instructors do a pretty good job giving step-by-step instructions; ones that even I can understand. Overall, Beginning Waltz: A Step-By-Step Guide! Volume 1 is a fun easy way to learn how to Waltz. It would make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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