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Fun - and great for learning the basics
on 22 November 2011
I was hoping for an improvement on last year's 'Strictly Fit'...and this is, sort of. The DVD consists of three instructional sections (Salsa presented by Katya, Cha Cha Cha presented by Artem and Rumba presented by Aliona) where you can learn the steps before going to the 'Dancefloor' section to try them all out properly!
Good points - the instructional sections are separate from the 'Dancefloor' so once you've learned the steps there is no annoying stopping and starting - you can just go and get on with it. The presenters are great and the steps themselves are fun, interesting and not too challenging (but you are given options to make them easier or harder if you want to, such as adding arm placements etc.) Again, this is a good way for beginners to learn the basic steps for each dance shown.
Bad points - the music hasn't improved! You're still dancing to what is essentially 'dodgy lift music' which is a bit disappointing. The 'Dancefloor' section for each dance is only about five minutes long - I would say this is more about learning the steps than actually getting a good workout (hence the title 'Dance School'?) It's also a shame you can't do all the 'Dancefloor' sections back-to-back; instead you have to select each dance as you go which is a minor irritation.
There are some extras on this DVD which feature 'Strictly' make-up and costume tips which are fun to watch.
All in all, I'd say this is a fun DVD and better than last year's 'Strictly Fit' - but my advice would be only to get this if you're interested in learning basic dance steps. If you're a dancer, or looking for something that will give you a proper workout then try something else!