Kelly Peters // 2006 // 55 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 4th, 2006
For me, it's more like "Throw-out-my-Hip Hop."
Okay, here we go for another "Learn to Hip Hop Dance" DVD. I have to admit I sorta consider myself an expert on this. Not hip hop dancing, but watching hip hop dancing DVDs. Now that we've got that settled, how does Kelly Peters and his stab at teaching kids the basics of getting jiggy with it stack up?
Kelly Peters is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor. With this DVD, he's looking to break into the home video market with his unique dance move methodology. This first volume spotlights six "base" dance moves, supposedly to be used as cornerstones for you to string together your own combinations and wow Misty at the junior high spring fling.
Here's how the program shakes out: Peters, along with a handful of kid backup dancers, introduces each move, and then breaks it down nice and slow. In the opening, he maintains that he wants to go slow so you won't have to rewind over and over. His purpose is to make the learning as easy as possible, with the least amount of remote control manipulation.
I have to admit, the guy is onto something. His move-by-move deconstruction of each routine is indeed nice and easy, and, best of all, he uses the camera to make it easier. Mirror images are used, so when he says things like "kick left" or "swivel right," you just follow what's on the screen; no more of those complex "his right or my right?" mental acrobatics. Peters also employs split screens so you can see his front and back as he performs the moves. Another helpful innovation.
The six moves Peters teaches in this volume are: The Freak (and its variations), The Biz Markie, The Pull, The Sidestep, The Prep, and The Bust Stop. If those names mean anything to you, then you're already five steps ahead of me. As a bonus, he runs through The Harlem Shake, The Wave, and Baby Freeze.
The program is certainly aimed at beginners, and the patience of the instructors is evidence of this. If you're a) a novice, b) the most uncoordinated, self-conscious loser on the planet, or c) 85 years old, you should benefit mightily from this DVD. I have no doubt you'll be able to handle yourself in a public dancing venue.
Peters even spices up the teaching with some brief "Elements of Hip Hop" bits, where he talks about the history of the dance form and its impact on culture. In the bonus bin, there's a lot of footage of dancers with names like Madd Chadd and the KPD Crew.
There you go, 55 minutes worth of learnin' and gyratin'. Recommended for the beginner.
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Studio: Kelly Peters
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 55 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Dance Moves
* Dance Footage
* Official Site