Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Let's Dance Swing|
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Have fun learning Swing dance steps with this easy-to-follow instructional DVD. Professional dance instructor John Hill's charm, humor and effortless teaching style will have you up and dancing the Lindy and the Jitterb... more »
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Outstanding Single-Time Swing (Jitterbug) DVD!
Raymond Sison | Fort Worth, TX United States | 10/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply one of the best dance instruction DVDs I have. John Hill explains things clearly, from different angles, and with a good deal of easy-going all-American charisma befitting Swing.
This DVD has added a lot of nice flourishes to my current repertoire of Swing moves, and I even recently used many of John Hill's techniques that I learned from this DVD at a national ballroom DanceSport competition. These included the Alternating Rock Turns (aka Stop Turns) and Flare kicks. (I did quite well with my dance partner in the competition, most of the time earning first place finishes on our heats.)
I also got a lot out of the chapter on Multiple Turns, including the cool Double Inside Turn. In fact I still have quite a bit to go through on this DVD and it has provided me with hours of learning pleasure.
The bottom line: This DVD is worth the money, not only for the priceless info on it--but its ability to make you smile every time you play it! :)"
Pretty Decent Altogether
Coral Capettini | Fl, USA | 08/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a beginner in swing. I've only had a single one-on-one lesson with a friend of mine. I did learn a lot more from this DVD. John Hill is very thorough, maybe a little redundant, even. Each "lesson" comes across as a short episode from TV that were slapped onto the DVD in juxtaposition. What I mean by that is, there were a couple times that dance moves they were teaching a more advanced version of were explained in detail on "another episode". But those episodes are NOT on the DVD. Which made it a little difficult to mimic what they were doing -- since the basic version was never explained. It would be nice if the episodes were in order so that right after they taught a simple move, they could elaborate on that one in the next episode. Or if they even released his other episodes onto DVD (I can't find them)
The redundancy I mentioned is that over several episodes he will say the same thing (such as: explaining how to do the basic 4-step... which btw is in every lesson except the last one). That's great for TV episodes where someone may not have seen the previous lessons, but on a DVD, in every lesson, just a few minutes apart, it became annoying -- and there are several things he repeats.
As far as how well he taught the dance moves; they were very easy to understand. He did an excellent job of making sure to cover each move in detail (with the exception of the mention of previous lessons that aren't on this DVD). I already feel, after watching this DVD, that I'm a much more experienced Swing Dancer and would recommend this DVD to someone wanting to learn.... as long as they don't mind the 2-3 dance steps that are never explained on this DVD."
Let's Dance Swing
Kyra Holden | Florida | 10/22/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this video was easy to follow but my husband had a bit more difficulty following all the steps and had a hard time picking up the beat in the music. Sometimes they added some "flourishes" that may be a little confusing for the beginner. With practice, I think this video will help us to add to our current steps."