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DVD dance instruction--recommendations?
Posted by kaiara
3/13/2008  11:54:00 AM
My husband loves to dance with me, but he hates classes. So I keep looking at the DVD instructions offered on this site and thinking it might be good for us. I have been to dance classes, and have a partner, but want to get my new husband dancing so we can go out together and have fun.

Any suggestions between International and American Smooth? I think the classes I took were basically American Waltz with some International in the workshops I took--but for the life of me, I haven't done enough to have any feel for the differences.

I'd like to choose one, and teach my hubby.

Can anyone recommend one over the other?

What are the differences between International and American?

Thank you all so much!

--Ann
Re: DVD dance instruction--recommendations?
Posted by breador
3/13/2008  12:14:00 PM
I'be bought 3 of the american style DVDs and I like them alot. For social dancers who are beginers (basically me), I think the american style smooth and rythm is alittle simplier and easier to pick up.
Re: DVD dance instruction--recommendations?
Posted by kaiara
3/13/2008  3:18:00 PM
I keep reading how there is more technique training in International, and how American fits the smaller dance floors better. So now I am still confused.

I want technique. For me, 3/4 of the pleasure is in fewer moves done beautifully. I would like to make my basics sing with beauty. I believe my instructor taught us mostly American, but also some International. She put emphasis on technique for those of us who wanted it; so when I look at the American Bronze and Silver DVD's most all the movements on both are familiar.

Yet, hubby is not exactly a dancer. I've way more experience than he has, and he needs things broken down so he can learn it correctly the first time--again, perhaps technique is more important for him as well.

I am willing to put in the time and effort to get really good at the basics.

And I am no closer to deciding between the videos than before I went all over this board reading.

To restate the question: Given that I intend to purchase one of the Bronze level DVDs shown on this site--which one has the better instruction? Which is clearer for the raw beginner (my hubby) yet gives enough detail to help me improve as well?

I appreciate input!
Re: DVD dance instruction--recommendations?
Posted by phil.samways
3/14/2008  5:56:00 AM
Hi Kaiara
If your hubby is still fighting to learn basic figures, i would recommend a video/DVD which shows the leg and footwork very clearly. Not too much emphasis on technique except correct footwork.
International style, with its closed hold, will 'force' you to develop your technique, since it is less forgiving than American style. (I know many will disagree with this).
In the past i bought tapes by Augusto Schiavo and Caterina Arzenton (http://w-w-w.dancesport.uk.com/video/index.htm.)
They're a little dated, but i think you'd find them useful. I'm sure there are lots of good ones out there which i've not seen.
Just one other tip - work on your hubby's posture from day 1. This is much harder to get right than any footwork
Re: DVD dance instruction--recommendations?
Posted by Ladydance
3/14/2008  7:43:00 AM
Since you just want to "go out and have fun", I'd suggest American style. There is no way you can do an international foxtrot in social setting, for example. Your hubby needs to learn basic steps and floorcraft.He has to feel like he is dancing and drillling technique with the basic steps gets boring. We had an instructor that taught that way and, sure our basic chacha was awesome but since we could do nothing else we died of boredom on the dance floor. And as Phil said, work on posture. It is very easy to learn to dance in your living room looking down at your feet the whole time, but quite a different thing when you are on a dance floor with people around you.
Re: DVD dance instruction--recommendations?
Posted by cdroge
3/14/2008  1:23:00 PM
It depends on where you live. I dance international which is fine for were I live ,but on my trips down south I find that most people dance American style. The problem is not the style but the Music. The Waltz and foxtrots are to fast for international, the tango's are ok, no quicksteps. The Bolero to slow for Rumba and the square Rumba to fast for international Rumba. Cha Cha's and jives are fine.

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