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Swing Dancing for Beginners: Volume 1 - Shawn Trautman's Dance Collection
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Swing Dancing for Beginners Volume 1 is specifically for absolute beginners. In minutes Shawn and Joanna will have you up and dancing along to single and triple time swing, the two most popular variations of the dance. This DVD, like all of the Shawn Trautman Dance Instruction DVDs, is professional, easy to follow, designed for beginners and fun for everyone. The design of the curriculum and camera placement for the DVDs allows leaders to do the EXACT movements that Shawn presents, and it allows followers to mimic Joanna in real time without having to turn away from the screen. In addition, you'll also get to dance each dance with music alongside the instructors at the end of each section. This beginner DVD covers everything from the history of Swing, how to do Slow Steps, Rock Steps, and Triple Steps, what the footwork is for both leaders and followers, how to properly use the four connection points specifically for Swing, and how to go from one dance position to another to another, seamlessly. You'll also learn lead and follow elements to each move, what adding lilt to your body means, how to do left turns, right turns, underarm turns, and much more. With nearly two decades of experience, a number of World Champion students to their credit, and their recently published book "Picture Yourself Dancing", Shawn and Joanna have perfected the basic elements of each dance while specializing in the leading and following aspects which are extremely hard to find. Shawn and Joanna will demonstrate, explain, and teach you to lead and follow the Swing so you can dance anywhere with anyone, rather than just learning a single step that can only be done with your partner. Once you're comfortable with this DVD, you'll want to look into Beginner Volume 2 as it seamlessly adds on to everything you learned here to rapidly gain confidence based on consistency and repetition.
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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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I agree the DVD is not the best quality and does look like a copy of a copy ... but not to the point it cannot be viewed. I also agree it should be cheaper since it is not the best quality for viewing. However, it has been a very good instructional tape. I have also used a Shawn Trautman's DVD for country line dancing. He does make great instructional DVD's so I would advice not to pass his DVD's up because of the quality reviews.
This seems like the DVD was reproduced from an old, worn VHS copy. Extremely grainy and would often pixelate, making it barely watchable in parts.
I've watched a preview of Shawn's 101 series, and it's video quality is excellent, in comparison.
I also bought the Volume 2 video in this series...same poor video quality.
In my opinion, the selling price should reflect the video quality, which is obviously known to the producer. For the price, I would expect the same high quality as his more recent video productions.
On a positive note, Shawn's instruction did help me with the left and right turn footwork I struggled with when I took a "drop in" swing lesson at a local club.
If it werent for the long instructions, this would have been more of a 5 star category. Several times we wanted to review the steps and its hard to find the actual instructions for the moves as one fast forwards through the styling nuances.
This is a DVD instruction and not an actual class so the format should accomodate that. If one wants to review a nuance or 2, one can easily rewind.
Raul and Tenias salsa instructions (also purchased on Amazon) are the best dance instructions so far; They go straight into the moves and as you get more comfortable with the moves, you can focus on styling.