A very rare yet extremely fun hip hop dance workout
Aug 19, 2010
"Just Madonna" which was created by the Evolution Fitness workout DVD company is a very rare DVD, but if you are able to find it, and if you like hip hop dancing, then this is the DVD for you.
Madonna Grimes leads the workouts, and she is such a fun instructor. She makes the workouts laid back and fun to do, as she is constantly laughing and having a good time. She teaches by breaking the moves down to half tempo first, then she brings them up to speed and does them quickly. Most of the moves are real, hip hop moves unlike some workouts that just use generic moves. These are moves that you might actually see in a music video. Also, I have to add that the music used in this DVD was very funky and the beats were awesome. However, if you've done other Evolution videos, they have been used before. Also, just a note, the back of the DVD says that there are ten backup dancers when there are really just six, so I just wanted to point that out.
The workout sections on this DVD are:
Introduction - After watching some Evolution previews (you can fast forward) Madonna and her back up girls, start dancing to some street music very quickly before welcoming you to the workout. Kind of dramatic, but fun to watch.
Warm Up 1 - You do some basic moves (step touches, walks, chest pumps, etc.) to get your blood flowing before doing some basic stretches to get your body flexible for the workout. Doesn't last too long, only about 3-5 minutes, but it feels really good on the body, and it does get you sufficiently warmed up.
Dance Routine 1 - The first workout routine is kind of a fusion of jazz and street dance. It's hard hitting in some parts, while smooth and sexy in other parts. Madonna breaks down these moves by the 4 counts, but overall there are 8x8 counts of dance. There is a lot of upper body movement in this workout along with some high impact foot movements, so prepare to get a cardio workout.
Freestyle - After the first routine, there is a quick freestyle part, where all the girls dance freestyle hip hop as Madonna introduces them.
Introduction 2 - Another dramatic entrance with Madonna and her girls before welcoming you to the second workout.
Warm Up 2 - This is just as basic as the first one, but there are a few different moves so that it isn't the exact same thing. NOTE: The only way to access the second intro and warm up is to press Play All and fast forward to it. There is no option for them in the Select Scene.
Dance Routine 2 - This routine is more of street dance mixed with a bit of popping. It's a little bit more hard hitting than the other one, but it is just as fun. There's more movement in this one, so you may need to clear more of a space for it, however, it's the constant movement that makes it really high cardio. Madonna teaches this one a bit differently, as she teaches the whole 8 count before speeding it up, so you learn more at a time.
Bonus Performance - This is basically doing Routine 2 to a faster song. After you do it once, Madonna leaves with her crew.
There is about a 15-20 minute real of previews from other Evolution videos, but they only last a few seconds before switching. It's main point is to show you other DVDs available from Evolution.
Also, there are 2 5-minute blocks of dance choreography for the DVDs Dance 4 You: Jazz Funk (with Robert Steinbacher) and Street Dance (by Tom Woll). They show how these guys teach their DVD's promote their videos.
Then there is Behind the Scenes of Madonna's video shoot, which is really nothing but about 5-10 minutes watching her teach her dancers the routine and watching them rehearse.
And, lastly, in the the special feature is a documentary on how they make the Evolution videos and what goes into it as well as some other behind the scenes stuff.
So, overall, this DVD has a lot of content, and the hip hop dance workouts are definitely effective and fun. It's a very rare DVD, though, so if you can get your hands on it, I absolutely recommend doing so. If you can't find it, though, and you would like to try it, feel free to contact me via a comment on this review or an e-mail from the address on my profile, and I will show you several places you can buy it from. It will definitely be worth your money!
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If dance is your cup of aerobic tea, your cup and teapot will majorly overflow with this one. Madonna gives you two full-length hip-hop/funk workouts with awesome soundtracks to go with them. Workout One is approximately 40 minutes, and Workout Two is 32. Both are packed with choreography galore. Special DVD features include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Just Madonna and bonus blocks of choreography from Robert Steinbacher and Tom Woll. (Special Note: Lyrics include a small amount of coarse language.)