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4.5 stars. A Really Good Way to Learn 20 Country Dances.
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2016
To preface my experience level I take some aerobics classes (step and Zumba) on occasion and have a pretty decent sense of rhythm
This is a pretty good started video if you just want to pick up a few new line dances to have more fun when you go out. Or the low impact aerobic practice session at the end of the dvd lasts about 30 minutes which is great to jazz up your exercise routine, although I wouldn’t get it just for exercise.
There is a short tutorial at the beginning of disc one that gives you instructions on a few of the basic moves in country dancing before jumping into some actual dances. I looked at this briefly but since I knew what the first few moves outlined were I just skipped it.
The actual explanations for the dances are brief and to the point but done in a way the sections are explained and the brought together step by step until the dance is complete. There is then a chance to try to do it with the music for at least four turns or a complete circle. If there is a step that takes you a little longer you can hit back a chapter to review it. So for those people who pick up dances quickly it moves along well and for those that need a little more help they can review very easily. For me they could have gone a little faster but for most that don’t do any sort of aerobics it is probably spot on time wise. But let’s be honest if you have never done a grapevine or triple-step before it will take you some extra time to learn. If you don’t have rhythm this is not going to magically give you some.
I liked that these came with 2 DVDs and 20 dances total. There are also the 2 different 30 minute low impact practice workouts at the ends of the DVDs that once you have learned the dances you can just go to for refreshers or fun. During these sessions once you get more comfortable you will see some of the flare you could add to the dance. I didn’t try any of the flare moves until I’d been through it a few times but they were fun to add in later.
You can actually view a few of the dances on YouTube that come straight from this video to see if you like the teaching style and if it works for you. That is actually how I found this DVD. The other thing I appreciate is that on the website you can find a list of songs that can be used with each style of dance so you can load your phone or iPod to have it on the go for fun or to create your own country dance workout routine which is what I was able to do after about a month. I like to do 15-20 minutes of cardio a few times a week at work and this is an easy fun way to get it in.