Case Number 17993: Small Claims Court

DANCING WITH THE STARS: DANCE BODY TONE

Lionsgate // 2009 // 51 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 3rd, 2010

The Charge

Exercise routines adapted from ABC's hit show.

The Case

Three dancers from ABC's monster celebrity ballroom blitz, Dancing with the Stars, don the form-fitting spandex to take your tubby rear end through some low-impact exercises built around three specific dance styles: Latin, Tango and Freestyle. Your three hosts are Kym, Dmitry and Lacey, which hopefully means more to you than it does to me.

Here's how the DVD is laid out -- from the start you can choose the workout you want (each running 15 minutes) and cap it off with a five-minute cooldown. The Latin routine focuses on the torso, waist and hips and includes four dances: the Mambo, the Cha-Chah, the Merengue and the Rumba. The Tango's specialty is the legs and butt and features moves known as "Gaucho," which is all about lunges and "flicks" (their word). Freestyle, a full-body workover, goes into jazz and funk territory.

These routines are far from gut-killers. The movements are obviously designed to be sculpting and tonal, implemented to build cardio effectiveness, not necessarily shed pounds at warp speed. I suppose you could drop sizes by going all out or attaching boat anchors to your ankles as you throw down another Rumba, but the target here seems to be general health and a lithe frame.

The presentation is what you'd expect, clean and bright and packed full of shockingly tan and attractive professional dancers and exercise back-ups tearing up the dance floor.

The DVD sports a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo and a few workout options. You can customize your own routine using something called the "custom dance matrix," which sounds a lot more awesome than a basic program function, and a music-only alternative, freeing you from the encouraging words of the exercise leaders.

The Verdict

Not Guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 51 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Customizable Workouts

Accomplices
* Dancing with the Stars
http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars