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"Let's Get Up and Dance!"
on 10 April 2010
Created by the dynamic Quenia Ribeiro for beginner and intermediate students, in her "Welcome" portion, Quenia says that even if we are just starting out, we will learn by repetition, and if the movements are too difficult at first, to "...modify them to suit your needs."
The 2nd part is a super-stretchy, extensive (approximately 20 minutes) and effective warm-up. Beyond learning the samba on this DVD, this warm-up would serve as a superb workout for those who just want to get in some daily yoga based stretches and poses for agility and strength building.
Quenia then takes the choreography in sections, repeating until it becomes familiar, and then, when putting it all together, steps up the tempo bit by bit. The steps themselves are simple, but you can get a fantastic aerobic workout by the time you're done. Only the most athletic will survive the final top speed version, but it's great to watch Quenia and her 2 assistants, Nao Yamada and Lisa Green, move with such blazing gusto. There is a lovely cool-down at the end, to catch one's breath, and savor the enjoyment of dance. Well produced and with percussive music by Nick Birmelin to keep us going, I like that this DVD can be played straight through, or be used with the menu by sections.
Quenia has so much energy, charisma, and Brazilian charm, that she makes working up a sweat a delightful event. She is both at the same time incredibly strong and as limber as a rubber band, and watching her is a joy. She is also extremely knowledgeable, so you know you're learning to dance from the best of the best, and most of all, as she says, "Have fun!"