From the outdoor setting to the live drums, from the rhythm of Brazilian dance to the enthusiasm of the instructor — this workout has energy! The movements range from classic Latin Sambas and Mambos to Brazilian street-dance-specific Axés, Afros and Frevos (well-taught and surprisingly easy to follow). You’ll start with an extended warm-up; it’s designed to get you comfortable shaking your shoulders, rolling your hips and popping your chest. Then Vanessa Isaac demos a pattern, brings it to half-tempo and then finally uses it in a fast-paced combo. Later, she adds on a new routine and begins again. It ends with a short “freestyle” section; it’s like you’re dancing in a Rio street party. Not recommended for carpeted floors.
Inspired by Brazilian dance styles this DVD is a fun and effective workout. It brings together the rhythms and energy of Afro-Brazilian percussion and the sensuality of Brazilian dance! Filmed in a beautiful outdoor setting, this DVD will inspire you to shape up! The Brazilian Dance workout is a energetic 60 min. cardio workout for all fitness levels. The easy-to-follow workout combines the rich and intoxicating dances and rhythms of Brazil: Samba, Samba Reggae, African, Axé and Frevo moves and many others. It is a great routine that will make you sweat and put a smile on your face. It's all about letting the rhythm move you and celebrating life! Brazilian Style!
With tangos and Ellingtonia under his belt, this ever-curious occasional crossover classicist takes another break from the Berlin Staatsoper, the Chicago Symphony, and Bayreuth to dabble in an unfamiliar (to him) idiom. Though the results are about as spontaneous as a sunrise, this collection does cover a wide range of brief bits of Braziliana from inevitable tunes by Ary Barroso, Luiz Bonfá, and Antonio Carlos Jobim to songs by Milton Nascimento and Caetano Veloso and classical selections by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Darius Milhaud.