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As i was shopping the other day in HMV music store i came across a DVD called 'Body workout with the New York Ballet' or something along those lines. Does anyone own a copy of this or has anyone seen this. I wanted to buy it but thought i would hold fire and find out if it was any good. I am trying very hard to try and tone up, i need motivation and if this is as good as it seems on the cover then i will take the plunge. I used to have one called Ballet Floor Barre but it got chewed up in the video recorder.


If anyone could enlighten me i would be most grateful,


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I have it, and it's great. Remembering that it's no substitute for classes. It covers a floor barre and lots of other stuff. The video also has a segment at the end that gives you kind of a day in the life of each dancer, Abert Evans, Deanna McBrearty,Edwaard Liang, and another ballerina whose name escapes me

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NYCB Workout is one of the better videos on that sort of subject on the market. It's keyed to a book. Get both, and you have one of the best!

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It's a great workout, with killer abdominal exercises in particular. I love the sense of calm about it -- moody lighting and narration by Peter Martins in kind of a seductive, ironic voice. The dancers look amazing, and it's fun to imagine you're in class with them. (The fourth dancer, by the way, is Helene Alexopoulous.) Definitely a good supplement to ballet classes.

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Hiya Skippy


I had the DVD (someone stole it though :) and I have the book. The book I think I prefer becasue when I had the DVD I would start doing the exercise, but then just sit and watch in awe at the wonderful dancers. But it is good, and worth asking for it for christmas )



p.s A quick aside. I did get your letter :) not forgotten about you


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Believe it or not, Truth in Advertising! The video and the book are both entitled, The New York City Ballet Workout!

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I only ask because no-one actually mentioned the name of the book!:)


It was only mentioned as "Body workout with the New York Ballet' or something along those lines".


Just to be sure you know.........so that I don't have the sales staff at my local bookstore hunting for a book that doesn't exist!





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Guest Gray Shoes

This is a question for those of you folks who know more than I. What is the value of this type of program to your progression as a dancer? I know it is marketed as a fitness activity not necessarily as a aid to the study of ballet technique. Is it a good enhancement to classes or could it be counter-productive in any respect? I would love to find some activities that I could do at home on those nights I can’t make it to the studio. But the goal is not so much fitness, although strength and flexibility will help I’m sure, but improvement in ballet ability and technique. Any comments?

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It's a useful supplement to class, but not a substitute. It is not primarily aimed at building technique, and its target audience is really the non-dancer with a familiarity with some form of ballet. As such, I don't really see any downside to it, except if somebody misuses it.

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Guest beckster

Apologies in advance for personal reply - I know how annoying it is.


Skippy, I've got this video and the book. Don't buy it yet, and if I get chance to visit my parents before christmas I will bring it back with me and you can borrow it to "try before you buy".

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:) Thanks everyone for all your replies. I will hang fire though and take up Becksters kind offer. I am looking forward to seeing the abdominal exercises and hoping it will get rid of some of my stomach (not all of it though - i need some puppy fat to get me through winter haha)!!



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  • 2 weeks later...

City Ballet is putting their name on everything, clothes at Capezio, workouts on DVD, What next? bunion pads from Dr. Scholls?

What if the Met Opera started selling throat lozenges?



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