This video was produced by Marcus Irwin's company (Evolution Video). It is 68 minutes long without a warmup or cooldown. The set is rather dark and stark, but an improvement over past Marcus Irwin productions. The choreography starts out with simple moves and quickly builds in complexity. She teaches one combo and then moves on to the next. The last 3 combos on the video are put together at the very end but you never see the combos done at the start of the video after you have finished them. Usually I like to run through all of the combos at the end, but she had covered so much ground that I don't think I could have remembered all the choreography anyway. I am not sure how many combos there are all together (perhaps 8, I lost track), but I am sure that this is the most step choreography I have ever seen in one video. The music is club type. I was so engaged with learning the choreography that I didn't pay all that much attention to it. The intensity was higher than Marcus Irwin's recent step dvds. I would rate it as upper intermediate for intensity and consider Marcus to be more low intermediate. Marcus is one of the two backgrounders. This is a great choice for step lovers who really love complex choreography or instructors who need ideas for advanced step classes. This video is available in the US from www.newideafitness.com. I don't regret breaking my 'no more vhs' rule to purchase this, but I hope that Marcus Irwin produces her work on dvd in the future. I can't wait to try some of the other European instructors in the Evolution videos.
One of the best step instructors I have ever seen on video. I found it very easy to follow her cuing even though the choreogaphy is complex. She reminds me a little bit of Keli Roberts; very confident and professional yet not at all intimidating.
January 13, 2005