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Yes Stepmother Dear V with Beth Canno-Shields

This is a Shaped 2 Fit video, and like their others, this one is poor production quality. You can see and hear fine, but the picture is grainy. So if that bothers you, do not get this video!

That out of the way, this is a very good, fun workout. There is no warm-up or cooldown, just 45 minutes of stepping. The first part is done with your step in vertical position, and then the second part is horizontal.

Beth has a knack for putting together the most interesting patterns. You find yourself doing a *lot* of choreography, but you don't have any trouble following her because of her excellent cueing. There are even moves with your back to the TV where you don't have to turn around and look, because she tells you exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

There is one part, however, where someone new to Beth might have a little trouble. That is on the horizontal section, where she does a move that she has used in earlier videos. OH MY GOSH, I've gone brain-dead. I can't think of the name of it! But you'll know it when you get to it, because she tells you it's from earlier videos. It's reverse-something. I had no trouble with it, because I also have her volume IV where she does it. But don't worry, watch her once or twice, and you'll have it. This is advanced choreography, and so not everyone will like it. I'd call it intermediate/advanced intensity. The moves are not dancy, but they change quickly, so you have to be used to a lot of different choreography.

I'm rating this a B+, but only because I liked her volume IV better, and because there is no warmup or cooldown.

Instructor comments: I adore Beth. I hope she breaks out of the Shaped 2 Fit arena, and starts making some videos that are better-produced. She is *so* good at both choreography and instructing.

Annie S.
11/24/97


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