Learn To Dance Waltz Volume 1: A complete Beginner's Guide To Dancing The Waltz
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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!)
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.Read more ›
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
Box with Walkaround Turn
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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I wasn't impressed with this album. The "Ballroom Dancing Basics" album, in my opinion, was more helpful and still easy to follow.Published 5 months ago by Marie
Had a great time with this one. Learn how to Waltz. I had taken some private lessons years back but truthfully, I just don't have a knack for it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael
loved the discs - went to a wedding oversea last week - used the disc to practice, wanted to make sure we could waltz-named the best dancers on the floor! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barbara Voegtlin
I really enjoyed this DVD. I got a couple of these in order to rope my husband into learning different dances with me since he refuses to go to a studio. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Audraevee
This is a great DVD for learning purposes. I know about waltzing and love listening to waltz music, but I've never known how to waltz. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J Webb
The kids are enjoying learning how to waltz in the living room. Great instructions, easy to follow along and we are only a week into this. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jamie
Easy, Easy! It's so much fun to learn in the comfort of your own home, without others to stare at you! This video is so easy to learn from, nice instructions and demos. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ashley Anderson
This is a fantastic way for a beginner like my husband and I to learn a new dance style. We both would love to try a new dance class or go out dancing a few nights a week. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonna
A simple and clear step-by-step guide to the basics of the waltz. Not the most production value, but it gets the job done. Read morePublished 11 months ago by natattack