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Killer Drillz With Zoe Jakes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cia - Copeland Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RBC5VA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,832 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Zoe drills 27 Jan 2013
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I liked what Zoe had to offer in way of exercise & skill to learn moves. the pace was good to enable you keep up. I also liked the working with her troup
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but sometimes confusing / uncomfortable 28 Feb 2012
Zoe Jakes is a wonderful dancer and performer, she has a great repertoire of moves and approach to dance.
Unfortunately, and although she seems nice enough, the video seems to skip some major points while the explanatory part can be rather confusing: She seems to be in a hurry to get over with the explanations.

The drill section is better, although I agree with other reviewers at Amazon.com who find the camera angles weird. AT some points also, a clearer view on Zoe's working muscles rather than on her face would be welcomed too.

You can definetely learn from the DVD, but IMHO it can take a while to feel comfortable with how the whole thing flows: the DVD seems targeted to dancers who either already excell in the techinques being drilled or who are very well acquainted with Zoe Jake's teaching style.
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Zoe, Really Like the DVD 18 Jun 2011
By *Samantha* - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been fortunate enough to take workshops with Zoe in the past, including a 4 hour intensive on drills at Tribal Fest 11. This DVD comes close to the real thing, very close. It's 93 mins long and only includes 1 short performance (I hate drills DVDs that are filled with performances or nonsense - I want to dance!). The set is clean and simple and the camera is behind Zoe while she looks in a mirror. This angle allows you to feel like you're in class with her - which I love. There are 7 sections with just Zoe then 4 with a group of dancers.

I would give it a B+ overall, I will definitely be using this often as a practice companion!

The Zoe sections break down as follows:
Warm Up - full body waves, full body warm-up - 5 mins approx.

Warm Up 2 - relevé, hip warm-up, foot placement - lots of good tips and hip explanations - 10 mins approx.

Chest - understanding "neutral" - diaphragm work, helping chest locks and pop look crisp - 5 mins

Shoulders - hands versus shoulders (they don't have to move together!) - rolls, 1 shoulder fig 8s 5 mins approx.

Arms - good arm stretches to disengage the head and shoulders from arm movements, fluidity (snake arms) 5 mins

Layer(ing)- Locks with shimmies, arms, chest etc. With locks and layers 5 mins

Belly - Belly rolls, breathing for good rolls - 5 mins

The group section is shot a little funny (Zoe facing students, camera behind Zoe). The set looks a little squished, but the drills are fun. The students are all fantastic LA dancers - notably gems like Calamity Sam and Heather Shoopman!

Those drills are broken down into 4 categories:

Hips- Hip locks and pops along with isolations- 15 mins

Chest- Chest isolations and layers- 15 mins approx

Shoulders- Shoulder / arm / hand isolations and layers-15 mins approx

Shimmy- 15 mins of shimmy-goodness. My fav!
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hello? Camera Angles? 29 Jun 2011
By evol_v - Published on Amazon.com
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Zoe Jakes is a charming and graceful instructor, whose dvd is a well-planned thing, which could have been better executed. She is VERY verbal, talking non-stop, and painstakingly showing correct positions while slowly going through the drills. She makes a few errors as she speaks, but instead of doing another take, she corrects herself, occasionally laughing at her own flub. This might get annoying with repeated viewings. The group drills definitely flow better than the individual instruction section, with no stopping to explain technique, but the viewer is confused by the strange angles. Zoe faces her students and everyone is filmed at a sort of sideways angle to the camera. Speaking of camera, at times the cameraman focuses on Zoe's upper body during a drill (and also, unforgivably, during Zoe's performance.) It might take me several viewings to figure out some of these drill sequences. This is not a dvd for beginners, but for more intermediate students of tribal style belly dance. In summary, I like this dvd, but I wish there could be some kind of training manual for people who film instructional dance dvds. Rule #1: We need to see the instructor's entire body!
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Killer Drillz is Killer. In a couple of ways. 11 July 2011
By Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD is just drillz. There is a performance by Zoe on the DVD, but it's not broken down for you to follow. You get exactly what it says on the package- a series of drillz. And they are good ones.

However, you do have to follow the step by step instructions before you go on to the actual practice session. Zoe doesn't go over the movement before she launches straight into the drill. And this is a bit of a problem because she doesn't explain which direction she is going to start the drill before she starts it. Sometimes there is confusion (for me) when Zoe is going back to neutral or going in a backwards direction with chest work or hip work. It's not really explained.

Also, this DVD is not highly produced. It very much appears to have been recorded all in one day with no cuts. Seriously, there is almost no editing to make for cleaner instruction. Often during the drill section, Zoe will say "Start" than have to stop and wait for the music to catch up then say "Start" again. Or she'll get confused about which direction the movement was supposed to start and the DVD just left that in.

I can't help but compare this to Rachel Brice's newest DVD- Serpentine.Serpentine - Belly Dance with Rachel Brice :: Bellydance Technique & Yoga for Strong, Relaxed & Sinuous Movement Where Zoe's DVD production value is low, Rachel's is very high.

Rachel recorded voice overs for many of the movements (especially the yoga) that allows you to more clearly hear the explanation for the movement and the count while Rachel demonstrates the movement without speaking on the screen. There are sections where Rachel does speak, particularly during the step by step breakdown for the movements and during her explanation of her theories and ideas behind the movements.

I wish I had seen this kind of editing and serious consideration for the final product from Zoe's DVD. In the end, if I were going to recommend an instructional tribal belly dance DVD to a friend, I would have to recommend Rachel's over Zoe's. :-(

On top of the content, the price point in similar but you get so much more from Rachel Brice's Sepertine versus Zoe Jake's Killer Drillz. For five more dollars, you get two DVDs in Serpentine.

In Zoe's DVD there is no yoga section, just a warm up stretching section. In Rachel's DVD there are two full yoga sections that you can use separately from the belly dance if you choose.

In Zoe's DVD you get no choreographies; in Rachel's DVD you get two full choreographies that are broken down for you to follow.

Rachel Brice provided additional materials on her website including a suggested weekly practice schedule depending on your belly dance goals. Zoe did not provide any additional materials.

And finally, Serpentine Disc 1 is full of great drills (that are very clearly explained through thoughtful voice over) and Disc 2 has the coreographies. Killer Drillz has only the drills that are not even close to being as clear as Serprentine's drills.

I recommend this DVD is you are not interested in a more thorough DVD, but only want drills. I can not in good conscious recommend it for a beginner belly dancer or anyone who is interested in spending their money wisely.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To edit or not to edit - I guess they didn't edit 25 Aug 2011
By Cayenne - Published on Amazon.com
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The camera angles, the multiple mistakes (stopping and starting), not being able to fully see the instructor, etc. are all good reasons to edit a production (especially if you want the general public to buy it). It doesn't seem that step was taken with this dvd. The 'class setting' would have been fine if the person front and center of the 'class' had been the instructor of whom which you should be able to see the full presence - duh!

Other reviewers hit it straight on that the issues with this production makes it almost unusable. For example during the shimmy section there was supposed to be a spectacular lower body shimmy drill that the viewer was supposed to follow along with. Well how can the viewer follow along with this DRILL if the only camera angle at that time is fixed on Zoe's upper body?

Perhaps they can go back and edit the multiple problem areas of this production and replace the dvds of those of us that think we've just wasted our money. Certainly, when I make mistakes at work, I'm expected to correct them!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Taken Me This Long To Write This... 7 Dec 2011
By Melissa A. Cain - Published on Amazon.com
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Ah Zoe. I truly absolutely adore your dancing, your stylization, your sass, and your stage presence.

But I'd really honestly like to throttle whoever convinced you that this DVD was a finished product.

I purchased this DVD back when it first came out and eagerly awaited its arrival. When it came, I went straight to my DVD player and popped it in, super excited to start working with Zoe's drills. I'd previously attended multiple workshops with her here in Florida and found her to be a wonderfully exuberant instructor who really has some unique material to share which she does so clearly and openly. I was not expecting combos, or specific movements, or anything fancy - I was just looking forward to getting a peek into the methodology Zoe uses to refine her signature snap crackle and pop type movements.

I'm really sad to say that it's taken me this long to write this review because I was so incredibly disappointed.

While that same enthusiasm Zoe always shows does transfer to the DVD, the actual instructional content does not. And, to be honest, it makes me extraordinarily frustrated because, well, Zoe does a much better job as an instructor than this DVD does of showcasing her teaching abilities.

The reviews that have talked about the lack of production quality are dead on - this is an absolutely no-frills, bare bones instructional DVD. Which would be perfectly ok with me - I've definitely loved other DVDs where the quality wasn't that great - but here the low quality is actually distracting from the material being taught and makes it at times near impossible to understand what is happening. Sorry director, but a closeup of Zoe's belly while she is demonstrating a hip based movement is not going to communicate what's happening. VERY aggravating! And, yes, those odd camera angles continue as we watch strange 3/4 views of her that don't show the "working hip" where she is moving, or the view of the class in front of her that only shows about half of her from behind as she dances. Sigh. I can rail on all day about how much better this could have been...nay, how much better Zoe deserves! But I'll spare you.

I wish I could write a longer review, and one that was more positive. I'm giving this 3 stars (minusing for the bad production issues others have already griped about) and not fewer because the instructional material that IS here is quite useful. And I WILL say is that, even though I really didn't like this DVD very much, I still WILL buy the new 4 DVD set because my experience in Zoe's workshops was that good and I'm hoping that, much like Rachel Brice, once she switches to another production company the final product will reflect it and allow her to shine.
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