Waltz Dance Volume 1: Dance Lessons DVD Guide To Dancing The Waltz [1 of 2]
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7 of 9 found the following review helpful:
This video is great! Jan 30, 2008
By AM Jerson
"AM "Dancing Now""
My husband and I have been learning to dance, all different styles of dance. We bought this video and it's been non-stop waltzing in our house. I was a bit nervous and a little intimidated at first. You know, doing the waltz is not like just "shaking my groove thing", it takes learning and practice. This video answered many of my questions. After watching the video, I really loosened up. I felt like a princess. We've been gliding around our dining room ever since! I DEFINITELY recommend this video! - Jill
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Learn to Waltz! Dec 12, 2014
By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews
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
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!
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beginners waltz for non-dancers like me Apr 03, 2008
By Kimmy Day
I liked the simplicity of the instruction on this video. One of the best features of this series is the close up views of the legs while they teach you the moves. Waltz is so beautiful and gentle. I also like how they break the moves up into gentleman vs. ladies. This is a perfect way to learn "your part" so that you don't get the two parts confused. I would recommend this for a couple that wants to try dance for the first time. It's very good.
So easy to learn, and so beautiful! Dec 18, 2014
By Holly Storm
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. It keeps you from having to grab the remote every few minutes to rewind.
They have portions of the dance Picture in Picture, so that you can see the whole dance, but you can also watch just the footwork in an inset box. They show you each dance from multiple angles so that you can follow along however is comfortable for you. If you've ever tried to reverse-mirror someone on a workout video and failed, this is for you (and me, lol.)
I loved this video. I have wanted to learn how to Waltz since I was a little girl playing Princess! I feel confident enough to get out on a dance floor now and do the basic steps. I wish I would have found this before my wedding! I know it would have made the day so much more special.
Easy to Learn! Dec 08, 2014
By A. Drewes
"Closet of Free Samples"
The Waltz is exciting, romantic, soothing and beneficial. If you have no knowledge how to Waltz or how to begin, the Learn To Dance Waltz Volume 1: A complete Beginner's Guide To Dancing The Waltz is a great start. This set 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.
I personally love the simplicity of the DVD and how easy it is to follow. My husband and I simply do not have the time to go for professional lessons, yet we always want something fun to do together. This was the perfect solution. Neither of us had no prior knowledge to being able to dance, but this gave us a step by step guide. Super easy and highly recommended if you want to learn to Waltz!
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