Lionsgate // 2007 // 60 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 4th, 2007
Thankfully, no sightings of Tom Bergeron in form-fitting spandex.
The wildly popular reality competition spawns this fitness spin-off, aimed at burning pounds while sharpening those dance floor maneuvers so you can dominate at the next wedding reception you attend.
Your hosts for the program are dance instructors Ashly, Kym, and Maksim, who have as little body fat as vowels in their names. The feature kicks off with a five-minute warm-up, as each teacher runs you through some rudimentary loosening up. Following that, the instructors head specific dance-routines themselves.
First up is Maksim (recently paired with Willa Ford), who leads you in the Paso Doble, a Spanish dance that ranks low on the intensity scale. Like all of the dances, I'd recommend you do the workouts in an area with a lot of space. The Paso Doble, in particular, is all over the place, with the dancers strolling a decent amount of yardage from side to side.
Next is the Cha-Cha, led by Ashly (paired with Harry Hamlin last time), which is much more active than the preceding dance. The Cha-Cha isn't as wandering as the Paso Doble, but you still don't want to be executing it in a utility closet. This workout focuses on the hips, and aimed at toning the midsection. Ashly is a lively instructor. You should break a sweat with this one.
Third, Australian Kym (Jerry Springer's counterpart) takes you through the Samba, a Brazilian dance that is marked as "medium-intensity," like the Cha-Cha, and features a lot of hip-centric gyrations and "bouncing" (her words, not mine). The goal here is the hips, legs, and waistline.
Finally, it's a triple tag-team with all three instructors for the Jive, the highest-intensity workout full of kicks and spins jumps and arm flailing. It's an ultra-fast-paced dance, and will no doubt confuse those of you (myself included) with the dance skills of a platypus. If you can handle the moves and have the energy, I have no doubt the Jive will carve off poundage.
A ten-minute "bonus challenge," featuring all three dancers improving a smorgasbord of dance movies follows the workouts proper and a five-minute cool-down is designed to lower the heart rate.
The program is presented in full frame with a 2.0 stereo mix. The presentation is clean and attractive and the music isn't annoying. If you'd prefer to dance without the instructors' babbling, there's a music only option, a nice addition. Other extras include trailers, a custom dance setting and healthy eating tips.
If you're looking for a dance-flavored workout, these routines should be very well-suited to you. The Dancing with Celebrities branding will no doubt move some copies, despite the distinct lack of celebrities. Still, the hosts will be recognizable to followers of the show and they do all their dancing on the actual set.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Custom Dance Routines
* Music-Only Option
* Eating Tips
* Official Site: Dancing with the Stars