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|Samba Party Workout 2 - Brazilian Carnival Grooves|
Actor: Vanessa Isaac
Director: Renee Bergan
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
The excitement of a real Latin party in an easy-to-follow, all-samba workout. It s like a party in Rio de Janeiro, complete with motivating live drummers and an outdoor Brazilian street set. This is the second DVD of the s... more »
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taarna11 | USA | 04/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first thing I noticed was the set. The video is filmed outdoors at night with live drums. Add in instructor Vanessa Isaac & company's vibrant costumes, and you do get a lively "Carnaval" party feel.
Isaac is great with cuing, always letting you know what's coming up. However, beginners may have trouble getting the footwork down. There is a seperate feature independent of the workout that shows you individual Samba moves in slow mo and at tempo so you can practice and get more comfortable with the steps...very helpful if the choreography confuses you. The nice thing about the video is that Isaac encourages you to add your own flair and expression to the moves, rather than doing them exactly as she does.
The workout itself is energetic, more traditionaly "dancey" with cha cha cha's, box steps, grapevines, turns, all with a Samba touch. There is a basic move you can always go back to if you get lost. You can adjust the intensity of your workout by exaggerting the steps and incorporating your arms more. Isaac starts with a thorough warm up, followed by about 30 min. of Samba, and then closes with a relaxing cooldown.
There is also a special feature interviewing the backup dancers about Samba, and what benefits they think users of the video will walk away with.
I really enjoyed the energy of this video. I love Latin dance, so being able to do the Samba as a workout was great! Very fun, and a nice deviation from traditional workouts."
Samba Party Workout vol 2
Janel | California | 05/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This workout is great! I started by using Vanessa Isaac's Samba Party vol. 1 for a month and then tried this one. I was really surprised how much she stepped up the pace with vol. 2... surprised in a good way! I thought I was working hard with vol. 1, but it took me 2 weeks of dancing to vol. 2 before my muscles stopped screaming at me every workout. The dancing is even more fun than vol. 1 with all new moves except for your basic move. She'll have you grape-vining, doing some more complicated fast steps, doing a new samba box, cha-cha-cha'ing, and moving your hips around in a fun party step. I love alternating between vol. 1 & 2 now and my stamina is definitely improved after adding this volume! Definitely buy these DVD's (or VHS's)... they're super fun and they WORK... I'm getting compliments on looking thin and I know my tummy's tighter and legs are in great shape!"
A video as fun to watch as it is to exercise with.
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 10/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brazilian samba sanding is the perfect sound for exercise, and Brazilian dancer Vanessa Isaac has developed a high-energy routine that uses live drums and inspiring pulses to get you moving. SAMBA PARTY WORKOUT 2 provides a hot cardio workout spiced with the best of Brazilian beats, and presented by a host of dancers in a video as fun to watch as it is to exercise with.
Diane C. Donovan
Nice Workout and true Samba
Deborah A. Walsh | Chicago, Illinois | 02/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am enjoying this DVD very much for a work out. The instructions are fairly easy and the dance is authentic as I lived in Brazil and learned to Samba there among the people. I wish there were a little more variation on the same DVD but I guess they saved that for the next DVD."