I think everyone has had a moment where they realized that they either need to learn how to dance or that they realize they can truly dance with the best. I guess I first realized that my dancing was more reminiscent a seizure than of actual dancing. In fact, I am pretty sure I had a better chance of getting medical attention than I had of getting a dance partner. The problem is that I was now too old to feel comfortable taking dance lessons with teenage girls. So I had to find a method of learning how to dance where I could do it on my own time, save a bit of money, and hopefully walk away with some great moves. So, I decided to go ahead and try some videos. One of the first sets of videos that I tried was the Groovin with the Groovaloos series.
About the series
The Groovin with the Groovaloos series of dance videos is essentially a collection of hip hop related dance moves. The majority of the dance moves are focused around break dancing and pop and locking. Since I am a huge fan of R&B and Hip Hop music I figured this would be an excellent fit for me.
Each video slowly starts with the basics and the videos become more and more advanced until they cover some of the more complex moves.
Ease of Use
The videos start off at the basics and you can move on as you accomplish different moves. You are shown how to do the move in slow motion, one part of the move at a time and then it is sped up. You are then shown how it looks from the front, side, and back. This of course gives you the ability to better guage just how well you are doing the dance moves. However, one major issue that I had is that you have to keep your remote handy at all times because they don't really give you enough time to practice any of the moves before they move onto the next move. Sure the moves sort of build off of each other, but if you don't pick up each one and master it before moving on, it becomes incredibly difficult to learn the next steps.
Another major issue that I had with the videos was that while they do explain the moves pretty thoroughly, they are normally done from a full body view rather than a close up on the feet. I think a close-up would really give benefit to those like myself that really need to see exactly what is going on. From a distance it is sometimes difficult to fully distinguish how they are doing certain moves, making it ever more difficult to master each step.
One thing that I do like about the videos is that after each routine, they do a random dance off where the Groovaloos each do their own little dance circle. This sort of gives you an idea just how much you can really do with the dance moves that you are given. For me it was a bit of a motivation to keep on going when I saw just how incredible some of their dances were. The problem is that it also made me more and more frustrated when I struggled with even the most basic of steps.
After attempting to do the dances for a solid two weeks where I watched the videos daily and practiced for 1-2 hours a day, I realized that it was far too complicated to learn by video. I think it is much better when you have the one on one feedback that you would obtain while you are in a class. Doing the dance moves alone really made it complicated for me to truly know if I was doing something wrong and if I was, what part was causing me to look stupid during the steps. I even attempted to video tape myself so that I could go back and watch what I was doing and that didn't really help either.
While I do think that the videos are great, I think it helps if you already have a basic knowledge of the dance and have somewhat of a grasp on how to do the moves. I think if you are already involved in dancing then they will really make it easy for you to learn. The problem is that I really didn't have a clue how to dance, so I needed a lot more work than these videos would provide for me.
So I am going to recommend these for anyone that can already dance, but not for the beginner.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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