Fat Burning Dance MixDenise Austin
Year Released: 2006
Categories: Floor Aerobics/Hi-Lo/Dance
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Denise gives the Dance Off The Inches, Crunch et al dance workout videos a run for their money with this medley of Latin, "funk" and "broadway jazz" routines plus a 15-minute ballet-inspired section.I liked this much more than I thought I would! I usually see dance workouts as light day workouts and as a touch of variety. This provides all that in a very pleasant way.
Each routine is, similar to the DOTI workouts, built up of maybe 3 or 4 basic moves with TIFTTing. At the end you repeat the whole combo about 4 or 5 times. The moves are mostly low-impact.
I surprisingly found that I was able to let go of my self-conciousness about looking silly trying to do "Fosse"-style arm gestures. Partly because they aren't TOO extravagant and partly because Denise just seems to be honestly having so much fun that I might as well too. Her background dancers really look like real dancers -- very toned, hip and precise in their movements.
I did this workout while recovering from a nasty cold with chest congestion. It was perfect in that I worked up a light sweat, got my body moving but didn't overexert.
The ballet section is very light no-weight toning and balance exercises, like plies and ronde de jambs, that I liked much better than when Tracey Mallet does them in her newest workouts. Say what one may about Denise; she is certainly a veteran of workout videos and it shows.
If you don't like her, this won't change your mind. She still has the traditional catchphrases and exhortations as in all her videos. But for all the cliches and professional "exuberance," I think she's kinda fun. She seems a tad mellower and doesn't take herself too seriously. She really seems to enjoy herself, and that's a big plus in any workout. The moves here are so simple that cuing isn't really an issue.