The Next StepCharlene Prickett
Year Released: 1997
Categories: Step Aerobics
I've had this video for a couple of years, but hardly ever do it. It's because I think this is an odd Charlene step video.
The cuing is good, Charlene and the crew are great (one woman is 5 or 6 months pregnant and looks great!). The set is a nice bright atrium set.
That said, I just don't think the choreography flows well in this video. Usually, Charlene will teach you a couple of steps, then tell you "put that in your memory bank", then she teaches another couple of steps, then puts them together into a more complex pattern.
In this video, there really aren't any complex patterns. You do a few steps, (Example: step up on the side, over the top, step up on the other side, over the top) then, you just move on to something else.
There is one part in this workout that I think really drags. Its a simple, "basic step, basic step, (something to switch feet), repeat on other foot again and again and again. Everybody takes turns, round robin, deciding what the "switch foot" step is (knee up, tap, cha-cha, or on step cha-cha). By the time it ended, I was bored to death.
There isn't a lot of propulsion in this video. In fact, I think you can do the whole thing without any propulsion, so it might be a good tape for bridging from beginner to intermediate.
So, I guess this is a good tape for people who hate to keep "taking it from the top", but it's not so great for us people who love to try to remember a long complicated pattern.
I love Charlene. She is SOOO in shape and she is always in such good spirits. I just love the way she chats with her co-work-outers and enjoys herself. And her cuing is superb, "I'll count you down to it",always warning you before she changes the steps.