Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Bollyrobics Dance Workout|
Actor: Julia Casper
Director: Timm H Hogerzeil
Genres: Special Interests, Exercise & Fitness
Bollyrobics is a new kind of workout. Indian dance elements from well-known Bollywood movies are combined with vigorous, sexy choreography. It combines coordination, strength and stamina with a large amount of sensuality.... more »
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Fun, easy to follow, great music & moves, though slow/non-mu
Lena, LMT | Nassau, NY | 11/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD comes in several languages: English, Hindu, Spanish, French, Japanese & music only (same beat for all menu choices).
It has 3 different dances, Maahi Ve, Chaiyya Chaiyya. Each section is 30-35 min each w/a warm-up, step by step, the 3 min dance performance itself & a cool down. The warm-ups & cool downs are all the same for all 3 dances.
From their website:
Songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Bombay Dreams" and the Bollywood film "Kal Ho Naa Ho" (Indian Love Story -- Tomorrow May Never Come) featuring Shahrukh Khan provide the music to 3 dances, each with an increasing level of difficulty and unique style which varies from playful and sensual to dynamic and powerful.
The woman on the dvd, Julia Casper, is the one dancing. At the dance portion, it's just her 3x with computer graphics.
Warm-up - uses basic dancing you will use to get you into it before the step by step portion.
Step by step - shows you the moves, she does break it down, such as only showing the veil first, then the veil & feet & then finally adding the hands. She even does it at a slower pace for faster moves before going normal speed. Each move is done at least 4x if not many more times. She gives great body movement cues, not just counts in 8s.
Cool down - is nice, added head rolls like the warm up, but also adds some standing fwd bends, lunges to really stretch.
I enjoyed Julia's presence, the breakdown was easy to follow & I felt more aware of my body to move better. I don't like this style of dancing as much as Latin or belly dancing or even hip hop, but there were a few moves I thought were great. Julia's style actually encouraged me to get into it more then I would have.
I took off 1 star because of lack of music during the step by step which made it drag on & boring (music only option will come in handy if replay it at later date). Though practice repetition is great & needed for any dance instruction, with the slower down & breakdown, there did not need to be so much, especially on moves that would not get the heart rate up. If these were aerobic moves, that would be great as exercise, but most were easy & required little physical effort.
After completing the step by step once, I will only replay the dance portions only for aerobic workout. I would love for Julia & production to put out more dances of different styles with my suggestions in the future.
Their site is bollyrobics com & all 3 dances are on youtube in all the languages."
Hooked on Bollyrobics!
blueyed.dancer | Chicago IL | 11/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this DVD for less than a week and I am already hooked on Bollyrobics. What a blast this workout is! The music alone will get you moving. Length is over an hour and a half and includes 3 dances with warmup, step-by-step, performance and cool down for each dance. The dances are all energetic, sensual, hip and very fun. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone with no or little dance experience because the pace is somewhat fast and she doesn't "break it down" but if you have experience you should get this dvd. I hope there will be another Bollyrobics dvd!"
The Best Ever!!!!
Inamakah | Valley Center, CA | 05/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD together with another one by Heemalaya's and BY FAR THIS IS THE BEST! It has a great and easy routine, in several Languages (which I love since I can practice Hindi, and can see it with my friends either in English or Spanish. Although more languages are available). Julia Casper is a very good dancer and not just an aerobics freak (which was my impression of Heemalaya's DVD). Therefore the movements are very graceful.
It has 3 routines of great Bollywood songs and they all start with a warm-up, then she leads you little by little to all the beautiful steps... and she makes you sweat!!! (I barely sweat... until I did these routines). Then it is dancing time to Sharuk's music and finally the cool-down exercises. I LOVE THIS DVD. I hope they will produce more routines later on. ... and by the way, this DVD really has Bollywood music unlike the other one which pretends to... but has more a Westernized version of Bollywood."
Bollyrobics--forget the workout and have fun!!!
S. Dengler | 06/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great dance/fitness DVD for an advanced student or an ambitious beginner. By the end of the 1st song (Maahi Ve), you WILL be sweaty, but smiling, because you will have learned a fun, energizing choreography. I had a lot of fun, and that was only the 1st song. You can choose which language to learn the dances in, and even choose no narrator for "performance" mode.
I wish the production value was a little better, but you get used to the static camera angles, and green screen background. I also wish the DVD came packaged with the recommended silk "veil." The choreography for "Maahi Ve" would have made more sense if I'd had the veil to go with it. If you look inside the DVD cover, they give you a website to purchase their recommended size veil... after the fact.
So, put a bindi on your forehead, channel your favorite Bollywood actress, and dance your way into fitness!
~;^) Bindi Beauty (^;~"