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Second disc is better
on 19 May 2011
As an experienced dancer, I do like a challenge. However, there is a difference between something being 'challenging' and it just not being taught very well.
In my opinion, the first disc is unengaging and unhelpful. The warm-up is very slow, repetitive and basic. But then you are suddenly thrown into a very fast-paced and technical routine. There's no build up. Also, the 'work-out' movements are taught all in one go, without music. Dance lessons are always successful when you get the chance to go over small sections, and even better when you can try each section with the music. This does not happen. I would most certainly NOT recommend this for beginners either! The 'basic' routine is actually very technical, and the 'advanced' routine is just the same routine again, but with a few movements changed. To me, that's not two routines...that's just one routine with differentiation.
The second disc is where Diversity Dance Fitness Fusion redeems itself. The teaching here is much better. Ashley explains each movement very clearly, which means that you know exactly which part of the body you ought to be working and how to make the movement look good. The routine is also broken down into sections, which really helps. You get to see a performance of the routine so you know what it ought to look like. You also get to perform the routine section by section slowly, as well as with the music. This is really helpful because it helps you to remember the movements. Also, because you get to try each section with the music, it makes it much more interesting, and you feel like you're achieving progress.
Overall, I rate this DVD with 3 stars. I don't think I'll be using disc 1 again, but I am using disc 2 every day. I am determined to perfect that routine!