Wednesday, October 26, 2011
REVIEW: Brazilian Dance Workout Featuring Vanessa Isaac
Today's Review: Brazilian Dance Workout
Vanessa Isaac, 2005
This is a 60 minute Brazilian dance workout led by Vanessa in an outdoor setting, lots of lovely greenery in the background. Vanessa and a group of background exercisers workout barefoot with a live drum circle. You wont need any equipment for this workout. The dvd offers a percussion mix, and the workout is divided into two segments that are put together at the end for a nice Brazilian dance routine.
The moves are shown/ done at a normal pace, then Vanessa breaks them down at 1/2 time so you can learn the move and then you repeat at the normal pace. You learn a dance move, then add on another & repeat until you are performing an entire dance routine! Dance moves include: chest pops, box step, dancy double side step w/ over & around arms, up & back steps, shimmy, kick ball change, and other dance moves.
I would rate this workout an intermediate in terms of choreography & low intermediate in terms of aerobic intensity. Vanessa does a great job of breaking down the moves but keeping the workout moving along. The pace is fast so you will raise your heartrate more so than other dance workouts I have done. I like Vanessa as a lead and would recommend this w/o to those that like dance and for a lighter day. I received this dvd to review.