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Ballroom Dancing Basics


Picture: C+     Sound: C+(CD: B)     Extras: C+     Main Program: C+



Despite being considered passé and old fashioned, Ballroom Dancing is actually experiencing a resurgence over the last few years, though that actually may be one of the contributing factors.  Ballroom Dancing Basics is a DVD/CD offering from Acorn Media that shows all the basics you need for leaning the basics.  Of course, you can “know the words, but not the music”, though world championship dancers Melanie LaPatin and Tony Meredith do a fine job of hosting and showing what they know.


Originally shown on PBS, this DVD has a booklet and extra footage not show on TV, though I go this retro feeling as if I was watching a how-to-Disco show at times.  This reminded me how much late 1970s Disco owes to this art.  The recent film versions of Shall We Dance? in its original 1996 Japanese version and recent U.S. remake with Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon showed how interesting this could be in a narrative setting.  This nearly hour-long program is very professional, thorough and classy, so if you buy it for the purpose intended, you will get your money’s worth.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on professional NTSC analog videotape and looks fine for an instructional work.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but is clean and clear, though no match for the clarity and fullness of the PCM 2.0 16Bit/44.1kHz Stereo on the music CD edition.  Extras include that CD, the instructional booklet and some extra dance-steps.  As good a package on the subject you are likely to find on DVD to date.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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