Comprehensive Instruction, plus unique Performance Videos, a
Stephen Sherrard | Seattle, WA USA | 02/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Angi Carlston does a great job of clearly describing and demonstrating all the core striptease moves you'll ever need to put together a sexy dance routine. She then shows some transitional moves, combination moves, a few advanced moves, and a whole set of "specialty" moves that go along with the unique and fun dress-up fantasy "Performance Videos". Angi and her two students each pick one of the fantasy themes and do their own demonstration dance as well.
Other than a very short intro and tips section (which are separate selections from the menu), there are no interviews or other "filler" material. No fancy video editing tricks or slick graphic effects to distract from the instructional content either. It's a very straight forward and down to business presentation, with multiple camera angles, and very good sound quality (shot at a professional sound studio). This one is much more organized and more "produced" than the previous Strip To It - Bump n' Grind DVD, which is more informal and done in a typical home environment.
The "Performance Videos" are a very cool idea and a lot of fun! They are NOT videos of women doing striptease routines, as you might tend to believe from the description. Rather, the Performance Videos are videos designed for you to use while performing your own routine. There are ten different dress-up fantasy soundtrack themes, with a Performance Video for each. These themes are: School Girl, Naughty Nurse, Secret Agent, Ninja Seductress, Cowgirl, Firefighter, Cheerleader, Racing, East Meets West, and Cop / Bad Boy. The soundtrack for each theme is presented in both 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, as well as regular Stereo. The video track for each theme has simple graphic patterns that are synchronized to the music and are meant to be used as sexy back lighting for your dance. The idea is to try to recreate a club experience at home with the surround sound music and sexy colored lighting. If you don't like the soundtrack music provided, you can also turn off the audio and play your own favorite music, and there are several "video only" backgrounds as well, including a couple of stroboscopic type videos, as well as multiple background "slides" that can be changed in real time with your remote. You can give your man the remote and let him control the video lighting effects in real time while you dance! It's a lot of fun!
Finally, if you don't have a nice home theater area to play the Performance Videos on a DVD player and dance at the same time, there are full MP3 versions of all the songs on the DVD-ROM section that you can use to burn onto a CD or copy onto your portable music device, so you can use the music anywhere you want to dance. The DVD-ROM section also has a section of helpful hints and instructions on how to use the Performance Videos, as well as some behind the scenes photos, and credits.
Great value for the money. Just the instructional content alone is worth the price of the DVD, but the fun Performance Videos and soundtrack, and the free MP3 files, definitely make it a great total value.
As always, don't base your purchasing decisions on reviews. Visit the company web site for previews of the videos and music so that you know what you are getting ahead of time."
Tamii | 07/24/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I got this dvd with the hope that it would be something good to share with students to augment class instruction. This dvd does not live up to my expectations. Angi Carlston is talented, clear and articulate, but her talent and teaching abilities are not used well on this dvd. I wish she had stuck with the idea of just covering basic erotic moves for home viewers and not have gone into the specialty and/or advanced moves (which seem out of context without choreography to support these movements). Basically, women who buy dvds of this nature just want to learn basic moves and some short dances to turn on a partner. Women who are able to do advanced moves generally will not buy or need dvds to teach them.
Furthermore, I think a lot of valuable teaching time was wasted on the introduction and tips. This info could have been condensed. And, the bonus material is a total waste of time as it is not instructional nor does it teach choreography. Moreover, the music on this dvd is awful! It's instrumental, boring and flat---nobody plays this stuff in the clubs! The flashing screen stuff just plain got on my nerves! You'd have to be high on ice to get any enjoyment out of this (so glad they gave the seizure warning!) I was also disappointed that most of the basic moves covered were floor moves so if you have bad knees, beware! Plus, no modifications were given for women who are overweight, older or who have back problems. I'm so sick of dvds that are geared toward skinny, flexible 20-somethings when I find a range of sizes, shapes, ages and flexibility amongst students! I hope the next time anyone gets an idea to produce an erotic dance tape that they'll stick with basic moves, teach some choreography (it's so hard for beginning students to improvise initially) and put some focus on poses, facial expressions and hand movements!"
Really good intro/instructional video
cibot | Providence, RI USA | 05/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I actually bought this DVD, plus two Madame M's, and one of the "Fawnia" striptease DVDs, all at once. I think the combination of all really worked to strengthen the impact of each one individually. If I'd had any ONE of these DVDs only, I wouldn't have gained enough movement vocabulary to put any kind of routine together. Okay, so that said, about this DVD in particular.
I'm 40 and have ballet, tap, jazz dance experience, but nothing in the way of social dancing, hip-hop, or exotic moves at all, and little confidence in this area. For me, this DVD as an instructional video was really tasteful, perfectly paced, unintimidating, and approachable. Of the four I bought, this one contained the best instruction, was the easiest to follow, and contained the most number of different types of moves. I personally spent a lot of time rewinding and practicing each individual move over and over until it felt natural for my body, and then moved on to the next bit. What this DVD lacked, was choreography - I would've liked the instructors to put together some short combinations so I could see how things might go together. But in combination with the Madame M DVDs, it gave me great stuff to work with.
The demonstration routines at the end not entirely representative of the moves you learn throughout the DVD - they were faster, and included lots of new moves and combinations you don't see earlier. But you can't learn everything in one DVD. Besides, the demos are good for giving you ideas.
For the people who have or might criticize this DVD for it's music, or lack of work-out, or whatever - this is definitely not clubby, hip-hoppy, Christina Aguilara "do-me" type of stuff; and it's definitely not a dance-along work-out kind of thing. It's instructional. Learn it, practice it, find your own music, put your routine together, and pass the DVD onto someone else who wants to learn how to be a little more sensual with their bodies.
I'm pleased with the purchase and it's giving me exactly what I wanted."