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Island Girl Dance Fitness Work Begin: Tahitian [DVD] [Import]
Kili welcomes you to Hawaii, her beautiful homeland, for a workout that will shake up your regular routine. Tahiti Hip Hop, part of the popular Island Girl dance fitness series, will help you burn calories while learning some great new dance moves. To create Tahitian Hip Hop, Kili combines the art form of Tahitian dance with her favorite hip hop moves. You will learn five basic Tahitian moves: 'ami, Tahitian bump, flower, snake, and fa'arapu. These steps are designed to keep the hips moving while the upper body stays strong and engaged. The result is a challenging and enjoyable dance fitness experience that will keep you slim and toned.
The worst part is she never shows you the proper stance to be standing in. It's clear her knees are bent, but she doesn't expalin how far to bend, how far apart your feet should be, do you tuck in your bottom, push it out? I took belly dancing class and they were very specific about your stance because too much or too little can throw your back out. I can't tell from the DVD what is the correct stance because of the skirts they wear.
The dancing was pretty and so was the scenery. I think once I pick up a different dvd that explains the stance and the moves better, I would go back to hers. I don't feel as though she gives enough information. I also get really irritated with her showing you a move and then saying "this is blah blah blah, this is what it looks like." Yeah thanks. I'd really appreciate it if you told me how to do it. Maybe I'm just dumb, but I don't learn by being shown, I need verbal instructions. My boyfriend and I both found this DVD confusing and not terribly educational. The dance is beautiful and once I have some understanding of proper posture and such, I'll go back to this one.
True that it is not a workout for hard core power exercisers, but it is fun and gets you moving. You are finished with it and onto cool down before you even realize that you have worked your heart rate up. I also like the fact that this workout was a bit gentler on my joints than some of the other's I have tried.
The music is good, the cues are good, the instructions are clear and understandable, the scenery is lovely. Great beginner workout or it would be a great workout for days when you want something a little bit more mellow than a pounding FIRM workout.
Even my teenaged daughter does this workout with me and enjoys it.
After you know the routine, there is an option in the special features that allows you to turn off the cues and just do the workout to music... nice!
It took me two tries to get through this workout. For me, that's a good thing. I am not a dancer, so I had to work through this DVD. It is a bit harder than the Hula Abs and Hips DVD, so it was good to have the challenge. This workout really made me sweat, and it was a lot of fun for me to do. If anyone has done Kili's Hula Abs and Hips DVD, you'll recognize a lot of the moves like the kaholo, hela and kao. There are a couple of new ones, which is what I think made me have to try it a couple times to get through it.
There are very few things I didn't like about this workout. For one thing, Kili mentions "first position." I know some dance terminology, but if you don't know what that means, she doesn't explain it. Also, she does not explain what a plie is at all. I only knew what it was because I know some dance terminology. Some of the camera angles are a little silly, but at least the camera man was shooting up Kili's skirt!
All in all, it's a good workout. It's certainly help get some variety in my workouts!
This workout is great for any age, especially those that may be limited in range of movement. It doesn't push you to complete moves that are visibly unattainable. Do what you can at your own pace and watch your physique and general appearance improve as well as your psychological disposition. No time to waste! It's so much fun> Buy it and get to shaking those hips already!