Getting Fit Doesn't Have To Feel Like Work. Anyone can dance off the inches we've made it easy. Just 10 moves are all you need to dance this hip hop routine and we ll show you how. No matter what your age or fitness level,... more » you can have a great time while dancing your way into great shape. You ll want to do this workout because it s FUN and that s the secret. The more you do it, the more inches you ll lose. It s that simple. Losing inches has never been so easy! Welcome to Dance Off the Inches Hip Hop Party. This fun and funky dance workout will help you melt calories plus tone and tighten your abs. We all know that dance is an effective way to slim down, but here you get an extra bonus: the motion used in hip hop dance is known for developing unparalleled flat, sleek abs without crunches! Who doesn't love that? For this program, dancer Jennifer Galardi has created a routine using three different styles of hip hop that will have you losing inches, gaining confidence, feeling good and looking great.« less
Missy B. (missindependent) from S WILLIAMSPRT, PA Reviewed on 1/19/2010...
Fun! Fun! Fun! You will be having so much fun dancing that you won't even realize that you are working out! Jennifer is a great instructor and easy to follow.
Separate step guide makes this workout a keeper
Gail | Iowa | 02/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own a number of dance workouts and this is my favorite so far. There is a step guide in a separate chapter, which can be used to learn the steps in half time. This is great because Jennifer does not have to slow down the tempo of the workouts to teach the steps in half time. The step guide is a fabulous idea and makes this DVD superior to most dance workout routines on the market. Because of my familiarity with dance DVD's, I only had to do the step guide once, but it was very helpful.
During the workouts, Jennifer still introduces each step with the feet first, followed by adding the arms. And she does the typical build of multiple steps for each routine. To learn the routines, I focus on learning the steps first and then I add the arms in later attempts.
Jennifer is an excellent instructor. She does a great job of providing good advance cues for step changes. She also cues "left or right" that is the opposite of her left or right (mirror form), so it is easy to follow her lead.
Potential customers may be put off by the fact that this is a hip hop dance routine. Never fear. I really liked mixing things up from the usual Latin and Jazz routines. But, be ready for a lot of hip action.
I am at an age (54) and weight where my knees do not tolerate a lot of abuse. I was still able to do almost all of the routines or I could easily modify what Jennifer was doing to be a little more knee friendly. (No frog stretches for me!)
All in all, I highly recommend this DVD for people who want some exercise with a lot of variation and a high fun factor.
My favorite of all of the Dance Off the Inches workouts!
Fitness Fan | Fullerton, CA USA | 12/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"DOTI Hip Hop Party, led by Jennifer Galardi, is a party in a box! Very fun hip hop moves...time just flew by! The workout runs 41 minutes with warmup and cooldown.
Unlike the previous DOTI's (which have pretty simple choreography), with this one you might want to actually view the step guide before jumping in...there are several moves that Jennifer says she covered in the step guide, she just starts the move in the workout with very little instruction and I was lost a couple of times!
The music in this DOTI is Much Better than the music in the other ones...it very much matched the routine. Hip Hop Party is also more intense than any of the other DOTI's...and more fun as well!
The only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars is that it's quite difficult to do on carpet. Lots of twisting movement that can torque your knees if you're doing this one on a carpeted surface. I had to modify LOTS to make this workout work on my living room carpet.
Highly recommended to intermediates with dance experience AND a non-carpeted surface to work out on!"
Fun, but a little too dancy ;-l
Little Miss Cutey | Melbourne, Australia | 11/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jennifer Galardi sure can dance. I cannot (well, not like her) and so this can be a little frustrating because you want to get the moves down, but some are involved. Having said that, this is a fun workout and even if you don't do the moves exactly, you will still reap the benefits of having done a half hour or so of cardio. The Old-School style of dance is my favourite here. She takes some time to help you learn the moves, but you'll possibly need to watch this several times to get it right. I like the Throw Down moves and the Slithers. The 15 minute tutorial on how to do the hip hop style is helpful, but as long as you don't concentrate too hard on perfecting your moves, you'll have fun too and enjoy this as much as I do."
A little difficult at first, but worth the time to learn the
M. Oxley | 04/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I tried this DVD, I didn't like it. I thought the moves were much too complicated and I would never get them down right. (It should be noted that I have absolutely no dance experience and don't generally do aerobics type DVDs either.) I didn't touch the DVD again until I was getting bored with my yoga DVD. I've since done it twice, and it's grown on me. Most of the moves can be learned after a few viewings. The Sexy Smooth Hip Hop portion is my least favorite. The steps aren't particularly hard to understand, but that section has a lot of hip rolls and body rolls. As someone who's not so good at pulling off hip rolls, it makes that section of the DVD frustrating for me. I can always skip that section, though. The Basic Hip Hop section was the easiest in my opinion, especially after going through the step guide. I also liked the World Hip Hop section, which I thought had the most interesting moves.
CHAPTERS (Note: The chapter listing in the booklet is incorrect and leaves out the World Hip Hop chapter. This is the chapter listing from the DVD itself with my notes on the contents and length of each section.) 1. Introduction - This is basically what you see in the video preview on this page - Jennifer's introduction of the DVD. (1.5 minutes) 2. Warm Up - Marching in place, shoulder rolls, isolation stomach moves, hip rolls (4 minutes) 3. Basic Hip Hop - Slides, punches, butterfly, throw down, pelvic thrusts (10.5 minutes) 4. Sexy Smooth Hip Hop - catwalk, hip rolls, kickball changes, body rolls, drags (11.5 minutes) 5. World Hip Hop - lunges, salsa twists, box step, chest pumps and pops, heel digs, shimmy shakes (11 minutes) 6. Cool Down - breathing exercises, pliés, stretches (4.5 minutes) 7. End Credits (1 minute)
Also included: Step Guide (15.5 minutes, despite the fact that the box says it's only 10 minutes)
PROS - The instructor seems to be genuinely enjoying herself. - The moves are pretty fun and interesting, so it's not boring. - It's actually a good workout. - You don't have to lie on the ground or own any weights, bands, or other supplies. - Most of the routines consist of one movement to which she then gradually adds more movements, so you have a little bit of time to get used to doing the movements and transitioning from one to another. - The movements match up well with the music, so if you get off it's easy to pick back up again.
CONS - Some of the instructors comments are annoying: "Show me what you got!" "Smooth like honey!" "You guys are getting hot!" "Oxygen is free, guys!" "Like you're taking off your shirt!" - A couple of movements may be difficult for people with bad knees, particularly the butterfly. Overall, though, I think this workout should be doable for most people. - Like some of the other reviewers said, there are a couple of moves that are difficult on carpet, including the slides. For these, I just accept the fact that I will not be able to slide as smoothly as she does since I'm on carpet. - The step guide would have been better if it had gone a little slower and included more practice of the steps. The box boasts that the step guide is it's only ten minutes (which is wrong, it's 15.5 minutes long), but I think it would actually be better if it were longer because that would mean that she was taking the time to teach you the moves thoroughly. Think about it - she has to teach you 10 different moves. Even at 20 minutes, that would mean she was only spending 2 minutes on each move. She does a good job with the time she has, starting with the legs and then adding the arms, but for some of the moves she only puts it all together and does it at tempo once or twice, so I found myself skipping back a few times before I got them right. I would have preferred if she repeated the moves a few more times so that I would have time to mimic her and then make any adjustments necessary to get the moves down completely."
Lots of fun, can't wait to get the moves down!
mcel | Salem, MA | 01/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great DVD. It's a lot of fun and one that you won't dread doing if you add it to your collection. However, I have been dancing for over 20+ years, all different styles, from ballroom to hip hop and I have found it difficult to get all the steps down my first time trying this workout. That doesn't mean it's not doable, but it WILL take you a few workouts to get the choreography, arm movements and flicks. In the meantime, you should listen to Jennifer and do what you feel rather than worrying about how you look. Having said that though this is still a great heart-pumping cardio and even if you don't get every move down, you will get a good workout since you are constantly moving. The step guide tutorial is helpful but doesn't allow too much practice (you practice a step 3-4 times before moving on) so repeated viewings help, but nothing is better than doing the steps in the workout itself. I love Jennifer Galardi's workouts, her choreography and personality. And am I the only one who thinks she looks just like Jennifer Aniston?? lol Her cuing and form are great as always and she has just the right amount of pep. And I love her process of starting off a move and then building on it so you can perfect the base move and then add arms and styling. This is a great DVD if you are looking for a little more of a challenge in your dance workouts (those of you who use the 10 Minute Solution DVDs know what I mean), the time goes by rather quickly and she does incorporate some great, fun and sexy dance moves. Go Jennifer!"