Live At Broadway Dance Center - The Complete Assaf Warm-Up with Michele Assaf
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Michèle Assaf has been teaching for over 25 years. She has trained dancers from NY to LA and internationally. As a young dancer, she underwent surgeries on both ankles and later both knees. Through long hours of rehabilitation and retraining her body, she gained an extensive knowledge of the body and of how to train it properly. This video is the complete warm-up, a combination of Modern, Classical, Jazz and Physical Therapy foundations. This will elevate your heart rate to its optimum cardiovascular zone and prepare your muscular system for center work without overworking the muscles. This is an intermediate to advanced warm-up, however can be modified to teach beginners.
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Michèle is known for her excellence in technique and style. With her strong Classical and Modern background she is able to take any dancer and teach them the proper technique and alignment to execute any given movement. Professionally, she has received a Tony Award nomination for Starmites on Broadway, a few other credits include: direction and choreography for The Houston Grand Opera, Opera Pacific, World Tours for Mick Jagger, Michael Bolton and Mariah Carey.
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Setting: Dance studio with students facing the mirror. The camera is either behind the students or to the side of them. It is as though you are standing in the back of class. Michele is heard in voice over.
Class details: the class starts with standard modern dance warm-ups, head rolls, shoulder rolls, roll down and up; isolations; foot work-tendues, degages,rond de jambe, etc (ballet steps). On the floor abs and stretches (some very unique stretches that you need to be flexible to do).
The music is very good: instrumental, percussion and vocal.
Michele says to start out slowly and work your way to doing the entire warm-up. She goes from 1 step to the other and you will sweat. This a good dvd to do before one of other broadway dance choreographed dvds as those don't have a warm-up. Although I haven't yet found a choreographed dvd that I particularly like. I have asked Michele to add some more beginner dance classes to her next series. Most of the broadway dance dvds are for advanced dance students. But there are a lot of us out here who can't do aerobics or step anymore, love to dance but are not real dancers. Hopefully she will take me up on my suggestion. You can preview this dvd at liveatbroadwaydance web site.
Overall: Love it, love it!!!!!! The price is a bit outrageous, IMO but it is what it is.