Created by Shakra, a DC-based cutting-edge fusion dance trio, the Industrial Strength Dance Workout is a vigorous blend of Afro-industrial fusion, hip-hop, modern dance, bellydance, bhangra, and other high-energy forms of ... more »dance. The moves are beautifully merged into Shakra's signature style, Transfusion Dance and offer a superb systematic total body toning and strengthening workout with a powerful cardio component - and a massive fun factor. Assertive and futuristic in its spirit, the workout is propelled by the driving rhythms of Gothic/Industrial music featuring :wumpscut:, Decoded Feedback, Terrorfakt, Maduro, The Last Dance, and Collide. Workout 1 opens with a cardio section and proceeds through a series of dynamic stretches and isolations toward Transfusion Dance steps that get progressively bigger and faster. Workout 2 jumps straight into hard-hitting moves of the pure Shakra transfusion style, building to a faster tempo through sequences of steps. Following the workouts, the program offers an instructional section where Na'la, Bronwen, and Hilary of Shakra teach 2 Transfusion dance combinations and practice them at accelerating tempos. Shakra dancers use the system of gears to cue switching between tempos in the workouts and combinations. 1st Gear is normal speed, on the beat of the music, 2nd gear is double time, 3rd gear is twice as fast as 2nd, and Overdrive doubles the 3rd gear. The gear system effectively manages the accelerating tempos of the dance, giving the program a great flow. In addition the Industrial Strength Dance Workout offers Safety Tips and a special Technique section breaking down Transfusion Dance techniques and isolations in depth.« less
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 07/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Shakra is 3 women, Bronwen, Na'la and Hilary, who are like 22nd century space Vikings who amaze us with their strength and power, and the incredible speed and precision of their Afro Transfusion dancing. The really good part is that they are excellent teachers, and impart their knowledge so we can do the same (or try to anyway!). You will need to be in heart healthy shape and have lots of agility and athletic ability to do these workouts and dance combinations, and you'll have a lot of fun doing them.
In the 100 minutes of this DVD you'll get: Great safety tips to avoid injury, and some basic technique that helps prepare you for the unique choreography you will be doing in the workouts. There are 2 long workouts, and 2 dance combinations, and a delicious, long "Cooldown" to end with, that incorporates many yoga movements, and really stretches you out nicely. This "Cooldown" could be used as a lovely workout in itself on your non-Afro Transfusion days.
The music goes well with the dance and though not what I usually listen to I find it interesting and very enjoyable. Featured are :wumpscut:, Decoded Feedback, Terrorfakt, Maduro, The Last Dance, and Collide. This music and choreography is new territory for me, and I thoroughly like the adventure. Shakra, with their big black boots, are treading new ground, and "by extracting movements from various dance forms" have created something fresh and exciting. If you want some fast and furious exercise, zoom into the future with Shakra. "
High energy "outta my way" workout
Mala Bhargava | India | 08/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well now, how satisfyingly stompy!
The Shakra girls that make up this tough lookin dancing trio take you through a workout that makes most other exercise programs look \like wet cotton candy. Whew! Where do they get their energy!
But even if this looks like hard work - which it is - it's extremely infectious and empowering. Apart from taking your heart rate up and making you sweat good and proper. Believe me, you're working out. The Shakra style of dance, "Transfusion" is their own experimental blend of African, bhangra, bellydance tribal fusion, and whatever else catches their fancy. You'd think the moves stick out distinctly - but they don't. The whole thing is a smooth blend so that every movement belongs right where it is. I find that remarkable. As they dance, the girls (as I like to think of this powerful looking gang) create an interesting atmosphere. Like many dances, that aura isn't "look at me" but more like "watch out, here I come". I'd get out of the way if I were me! This is possibly why it feels quite uniquely empowering and very different from doing the usual cardio and aerobics workouts you see around. Yep, the same ones you can't tell one from the other. The ones where a spandex-clad doll goes whee whoo and prances about with impossibly flat abs, leaving you wondering what just happened and why your abs still look the same.
On this video, you learn the moves, along with the necessary safety tips, and do them along right from the start. The pacing is wonderful and natural. The girls then take the move from first gear (on-the-beat tempo) to second gear or double time. They move faster, sometimes going right into "overdrive". There are stretches and counter movements in between sets of high-energy steps so that you don't overuse parts of your body or leave them open to injury. This is very expertly done, in my opinion. The moves are also put into combinations that you can learn and then use for little workouts - or do repeatedly for a good solid cardio session. The whole program focuses on strength and flexibility through powerful movements which will get you thoroughly exercised and increase your stamina. You may feel tired a few times but after a bit you'll feel exhilarated and get that well-known exercise-high. Transfusion would probably not be my choice of dance style because I really do love all the soft, sensual bellydancing I'm learning; but as an exercise form, this workout is most impressive.
mjbhouse | penn | 09/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Normaly I dont review that much,But I have to say I had alot of fun with this workout,I'm alittle older(50's).My kids laughed at me,but I liked it,gets your heart pumping and your whole body working,the instruction is very well done.Also it keeps you interested enough so you dont zone out and go into auto pilot.The music is interesting.Wish they did more of dvds."
Ancient dances combined for a modern workout
Shara of Desert Dance | KS | 08/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Shakra has effectively combined ancient dances to create a modern workout. To be honest, I did not think I would like this DVD very much, but I was wrong! I love it! It is so much fun! I loved the music and the moves are really fun to do! I love that it is in sections, so that when life happens, you at least can get a section or two in before having to go rescue someone or fix the dishwasher that just leaked all over the kitchen floor! This is fun! Try it! "
The Shakra girls never disappoint.
Rom Deussen | St. George, UT | 12/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was thrilled when this DVD came out--I know the ladies from my dancing in the DC area days. In person, it is amazing to hear their booted feet hit the floor in unison, and I was hoping this unity would translate into DVD format. World Dance and Shakra did not disappoint. First, the good: there is definitely a bellydance root in their dance, so many of the moves are familiar in some form. For those with no bellydance experience, there is a fantastic breakdown of every step. For those of us with no familiarity with African influenced dance, not to worry--the breakdown helps us, too. There is a great section on safety and form, and the ladies remind us throughout about posturing, turning, and foot placement. I found myself being a bit timid with the DVD at first, slowly trying movements outside my comfort zone, but by my third time through it, I felt completely comfortable to step outside the familiar and let my perma-pretty (as my students call it) arms go and flick in the air, circle, and even make fists. The ladies are easy to hear, their full bodies in frame so that you can see their feet nearly at all times, and each of them have a definite personality when they present, which was captured nicely on DVD. The lighting is bright (it has been a comment in the past that some World Dance videos are a bit dark), and presentation fantastic. To say the title of the moves would give no indication of the content, so let me sum it up thusly: There are variations on marches, grapevines, and twist steps, and variations with arm/shoulder circles in all angles, including pulling the shoulder blades straight in, in a move that made my lats hurt for 2 days. There are plie-style marches, varations on spine rolls, and a 1950's pony-esque march that I find just incredibly fun...once I got the hang of it. The strength part of the title comes from, I feel, the increased leg strength, shoulder flexibility, and endurance I got from this.
Now, the bad: There is no performance. You can find them on the Gothic BD: Revelations, but on this DVD, there is no performance section.