Had lots of potential but failed in execution
Angela Binkowski | Oak Park, IL USA | 08/08/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, this could have been so good. I was thoroughly disappointed by Carmen Electras tape and thought this might be better. It was in some ways. No hokie pinup girls in really cheasy outfits, and it was actually a little challenging and got my heart rate up. But it is probably going to be shelfware or given away soon.
I'll give them credit, this is much more down to earth and realistic, and the moves are not difficult. And you can learn some very sexy moves from it, it just had a few major flaws in my view:
1) she makes numerous references to listening to the beat but does not follow it AT ALL. I was so distracted by trying to go against my nature of actually dancing TO the beat and following her off-tempo moves, that I kept screwing up.
2) she stops too much. I cahe whole n actually handle more than 4 seconds of moves, really, it's not that hard. Everytime we had to stop for the next 4 seconds, I get bored waiting and my heartrate dropped. I barely broke a sweat until we finally got to the end of the segment and did the whole thing from start to finish. The intervals between segments were the most useful in terms of getting a workout.
3) OK, this is maybe me being old (I am 31 and not in terrible shape) but this is so hard on my knees. I tried on and off carpet, with and without shoes, and midway I had to stop because my knees kept crunching and started to get sore. It can be a workout, and be sexy and NOT be hazardous to my health, try belly dancing. Way harder, way sexier, way better workout, similar moves.
4) Except for the one older woman and the punk-ish looking girl, it was a bunch of trixies dressed up in matching pink and black outfits. Not as hokie, but almost, LOL.
In the end I came up with this:
I took a belly dancing class this summer. It never hurt any body part, it made me sweat my rear end off, was made up of SUPER sexy moves (many of which were seen in this video) and made me feel great. I think I'll stick with that.
And to the person complaining that there was no pole dancing, what??? Do you HAVE a pole in your house? I don't, and most people learning to strip off an aerobics DVD don't either."
A really great dvd
Jenna Snavely | Seattle, WA | 09/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had the pleasure of taking a class from Tricia once, and this disc is almost as fun as being in the actual class. As with any other at-home workout, you have to motivate yourself. I definitely broke a sweat during this disc. It is very upbeat and kept me moving the whole time. Of course, there are slower parts where the instructor goes over the chereography, just like in any dance class. If you don't like the slower parts, then just fast-forward. Also, it is not intended to be a how-to for belly dancing or stripping - it's an AEROBIC workout with some striptease moves thrown in for fun."
Cheesy - any bellydance dvd is better
Klyde | Yakima, WA USA | 09/02/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Except for two moves done in a pushup position, I don't think I learned anything new - I am not an exotic dancer, but I do it for fun for my boyfriend. If you have any sensuality and creativity at all, you've already done these moves and don't need a dvd to tell you how. If you can get to "full routine 6 times" by searching forward (it's not under "tease segments" for some reason), start there and you can pick up the moves while skipping the long, boring instruction. The "isolations" section is a joke - bellydance moves are much sexier, more beautiful, and never cheesy. Besides the awful music, it is distracting to have SEVEN dancers to watch, especially when only the front 3 really know what they are doing anyway; it would be an improvement to have fewer. I would not recommend this dvd. Any bellydance dvd (Neon is a great instructor) would be far more valuable and useful."