Wedding Dance Mastery System, 5 DVD Set: A Complete Instructional Step By Step Guide to Dancing at Your Wedding
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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
A Miracle Worker! Sep 29, 2014
By Wally World
I have to admit I’ve been quiet nervous for a while. My fiancé and I are getting married early next year and all she can talk about is how we’re going to dance at our wedding. Yikes! I can’t dance worth a flip. In fact, it has always been one of my biggest fears.
Needless to say, I’ve been dreading the wedding, not because I’m not in love with her and want to spend the rest of my life with her…but because I just can’t dance. I decided to take proactive measures and started studying dancing on YouTube and watching TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars.” This didn’t help any, so I went to find a dance studio and discovered there are no dancing studios in the small town I live in. The nearest one is 45 minutes away.
Finally I broke down and started buying dancing videos. Some were more helpful than others. I also confided in my fiancé my problems, and she has been watching these videos with me, helping me to dance as well. We were pretty disappointed with what we had come across until I ordered this video.
Let me just say, this one is a knockout. I can now do the waltz and not feel uncomfortable about it. In fact, I’m starting to learn the fox trot. This video is absolutely terrific. It has great production quality, it’s easy to follow, very step-by-step with its instructions on the dances, and my fiancé and I have had a great time learning to it. There is classic teaching qualities in, a good breakdown of moves, music to dance the patterns to, and all of my questions have been answered.
Now it’s just up to me to keep practicing. I’ve got to say I’ve seen about 300 percent improvement so far. If you want to dance at your wedding or just learn how to dance such dances as the waltz, then this is for you.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Older styled video for slow learning dancers. Aug 11, 2015
[[VIDEOID:71b61e6ae19d23b6836a85fb1dfe8973]] **The video is to show you a sample of the first dance**
- Very detailed
- Easy for beginners
- Easy to navigate
- Older style
- A bit slow
I am younger and so is my boyfriend and that could be why I personally did not enjoy this dance video as much as others. It's an older style, the copyrights is from 1970, and very slow paced. That does not mean the video is not great, no it's highly detailed and it'll be sure you learn every step in more detail than you really need to know. I am a fast paced learner so the video is not quiet for me because I would rather learn the entire dance at once rather than break it up into men's and women's parts than together. It gets so detailed that it tells you exactly how to place your fingers and everything. It also shows the the different variations but it will go through the steps all over again for one change. Not bad but like I said I am a fast paced learner so I tend to be a little impatient. I've still learned a lot from it so I have given it 4 stars but I still find it boring for being so slow.
I received this item at a complimentary discount for my honest and unbiased review.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Unsatisfied, not beginner-friendly. Jul 24, 2015
After reading the positive reviews on here, I had high hopes for this DVD being able to teach in detail how to dance to me and my fiance who are complete novices. We tried the first disc (foxtrot) and second disc (waltz) and both times we found the instructional style very bad, and we were not able to benefit at all from this DVD set.
*** Not enough explanation ***
For each step, they show it twice with a view at different angles, but they don't explain each part of the movement enough for you to really understand the moves or the sequence of steps.
The sequence of each move shows the man's part at two angles, then the woman's part the same, and then they do a dance together. When it comes time to do the complete dance, they just start immediately with little warning or explanation on how to begin dancing together or make the man and woman's parts connect. The only exception was on the foxtrot was that they explained how to hold each others hands, but that was very brief, and what if I wanted to just do the waltz?
There is also a use of dancing terminology that I found no benefit, the gentleman instructor keeps saying "Quick slow, quick quick slow" which meant nothing to me and was never explained. I would have understood if he had counted the beats and said "do this on the second beat" for example.
*** Learning curve too steep ***
For the Waltz, the instructors immediately talk about things like rise and fall when you barely even have the foot pattern figured out. It would be nice if it was in more gradual steps. In the DVD it is broken down into moves, like the boxstep, then turns, but I felt like they needed to break it down further, focussing on each portion of each move, then covering on the footwork, body, posture, etc., then adding things like rise and fall.
*** Examples are too fast ***
When they demonstrate the man and womans dance parts together, not only do they start dancing immediately with zero explanation, they do it much too fast, and you end up stumbling all over the place trying to follow them. When they do the example with music, the music they choose is also too fast. Why not have a very slow tempo example, then gradually increase?
*** Hard to see the footwork ***
The lady in the video is wearing a long dress - what were they thinking?! How are you supposed to see her footwork when a dress covers up her legs? Every time she gives a demonstration of the angle she has to lift up her dress, why not just wear dress pants instead of making it harder on yourself? Not only that, but the picture-in-picture views of the foot movements are often inadequate, even on a 50" TV - why not make the full frame the steps so you can see it clearly and focus on it. Again, more of a breakdown is needed of the footwork and detailed view and demo.
*** Needs smarter supporting content ***
At times, I felt like I was just watching them dance, and expected to learn entirely from watching them. While this might work for some people, I felt like showing the dance in a different way with other media would have been a huge benefit for those of us who aren't as coordinated. How about a diagram on the screen showing the pattern of the boxstep for example? The camera was also completely stationary - how about taking the camera off that tripod in the corner and showing whats happening with your feet in slow-motion, maybe with arrows on the screen to show the motion?
So the hunt is back on for a better DVD for me to learn some dancing for my first dance. If anyone has any recommendations I'd love to know.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Way to impress on the dance floor - If you want to learn ballroom dance for weddings or parties… this will do it Jun 23, 2015
By Gadget Girl
"- Gadget Girl"
My husband & I took ballroom / social dance lessons for a while, but then the teachers moved out of town. After attending a family wedding recently, I realized I really wanted to brush up on what we knew, and add a few more steps. This set of videos is just what I needed. The description for this item is limited, so:
►What’s Included – also known as - all the fabulous steps you can learn!
• Disk 1 – Wedding Introduction & FOXTROT: The Basic Step, Left Rock Turn, The Sway Step, The Promenade, Promenade with Underarm Turn, Dance Sequence #1/Tips, The Zig Zag, The Back Basic, The Dip, Dance Sequence #2/Tips
• Disk 2 – WALTZ: The box step, the Turning Box, Box with Walkaround tunr, Progressive Basic, Open Break with Underarm Turn, The Twinkle, The Promenade, The Dip, Tips
• Disk 3 – SWING: Basic Step (City), Basic Step (East Coast), Release Break, Right Underarm Turn, Left Underarm turn, Right & Left Turn, The Cuddle, The Hammerlock, Men’s Turns, Women’s Tuck & Spin, The Arm Slide, He Goes, She Goes, The Dip, Tips
• Disk 4 – RUMBA: The Box Step, The Turning Box, Box with walkaround turn, Rumba Rocks, Cross Body Lead, Outside Partner Breaks, Fifth Position Breaks, Crossover Breaks, Open Break with Spot Turn, The Dip, Styling
• Disk 5: WEDDING TIPS Bonus CD: The Right Dance for You, Choosing Your Music, Band or DJ, Tips for the Dip, Stage Fright, Footwear, Alcohol, Mistakes
The format of the teaching is very similar to what was done when we took classes. In order for each step:
• Introduction of step – why/when you would use it
• Men’s Breakdown of the step
• Woman’s Breakdown of the step
• couple dancing together – no music, talking you through it
• couple dancing together – with music, talking you through it
• At the end of some of the discs, they sometimes have a tips video segment. I would suggest watching it before you get to the end of the disc (and maybe again after you have tried it a bit) There are some excellent tips.
• The music for the menu for each disk is in the style of that dance. It’s in a repeating loop – so use it to practice!
►Conclusion: You can use this to learn to social dance for a wedding or other party – you don’t have to be the bride or groom. Compared to the cost of lessons, this is a bargain, and you can do a few minutes a day to learn it. It is great bonding time with your partner. I purchased this product at a discounted price and was asked for my honest review based on my actual use of this product. After using it, I will tell you, IT WORKS, and this is a bargain compared to the dance lessons we took. It’s less than signing one of us up for the community classes. It would be a great gift for a bride to be (or groom to be), but it’s great for anyone who wants to learn to dance. We will be using these CDs until we learn all these steps before going back to lessons. Please let me know if this review was helpful. I will always update if I get additional insights after further using the product, and I try to answer any questions left in comments.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
FANTASTIC May 19, 2011
I received my order for this product in good time and as described. Just watched the DVDs and I have no complaints. They were complete (5 DVDs)
The instructors described in detail, how a novice can turn to a professional, dancing Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and Rumba.
It was a Good Deal!!!
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