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JitterBal: Balboa Footwork

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Starring:
Heidi Salerno, Steve G.
Producer:
JitterBal, Inc.
Level:
Intermediate, Advanced
Genre:
Balboa, East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop
Format:
DVD
Running Time:
60 minutes
Release Date:
2009
Availability:
Available
 

 Summary

This instructional DVD is for the Intermediate Lindy Hop and Balboa dancer and contains fun and fancy Footwork to make you an outstanding Intermediate to Advanced Balboa dancer. You should know the Balboa, Bal-Swing and Lindy Hop Basics.

Champions, Steve & Heidi are considered one of the best Balboa & Bal-Swing couples in the world, famous for their phenomenal footwork and creativity. With over 25 years of combined teaching experience, you can now have them in your very own living room, and learn from the best Balboa and Bal-Swing dancers while having fun!

You can also purchase the DVD at: Jitterbal.com. Please visit Heidi's website to learn more about her innovative Jitterbug - Balboa swing dance fusion dance experience!

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Member Reviews

LJH - December 19, 2015

This DVD is solely about variations of the Balboa Basic – which you’re assumed to know very well before you insert the DVD into your player. I’d read other reviews that complained about the dark pants Steve and Heidi wear, the dark curtain in the background, and the rushed presentation – so I wasn’t expecting rainbows…

As it turned out, on our TVs and computers we didn’t really have any problems seeing what was going on. The dark pants are the sort of gear performance dancers wear, so for people wanting to see what things would look like “out on the floor” it was a fair thing to do. It is “fast” as it’s presented, but between the two of us my spouse and I - who’ve done our 4 million Balboa basic reps already - could pick out what was going on without much trouble. Still, they could have done a slow version and a fast version of everything they did and it would only have taken up another five to ten minutes on the DVD. Oh, well…

To get around the “too fast” issue simply play it on a DVD player, on with DVD player software on your computer that allows you to slow things down. On the iMac, DVD Player currently does this without sound and on Macs or PCs VLC Player does it with slurred sound. We have several older “standalone” CD/DVD players that have variable speed play available and everything worked and looked fine on all of them.

Better, our newest Sony DVD player – that cost all of $40.00 at Best Buy, including tax – played this perfectly at “.6” speed; probably the speed they should have used to “show” the steps in the first place. That speed was so good we could stand and step out the variations as they did them with very clear sound… And, who knows, maybe Steve and Heidi intended for people do “use their noodles” and do things this way all along?

Anyway, slowed down the count numbers that used to flash by on the screen are more useful. You don’t really need the sound for much (all you hear is Heidi counting and you know how to do that) and the numbers on the screen are often better for matching. Since it’s all about either where your left foot or right foot is, there’s nothing really hard here; it’s just figuring out the pattern and getting the rhythm of the pattern down with practice.

As for renting the disk at all, it can be argued, “If you can’t easily see the difference it isn’t worth learning any of this.” However, it’s not about how it looks, it’s about how it feels as you dance. Balboa is a “dancer’s dance” because the couple dancing together knows and appreciates what’s going on; everyone else can just do something else for three or four minutes. Having different foot patterns to play or work with – kind of nice.

Don’t grab this disk thinking it’s about learning a beginner’s Balboa basic. It’s solely about learning extra (footwork) basics that you can dance in place to delight one another even more.

And, it’s not really advanced if you’ve been ad-libbing steps as they occurred to you and/or know a couple of different basics already, like Maxie’s Basic, the Triple Time Basic, etc. This is just similar stuff to learn, nothing bizarre...

That said, the more “basic reps” you’re already done, the easier this disk will seem.

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