Ballet Class with Dmitri Roudnev: Demonstration of Exercises for Music of Best of Ballet Class, Vol. V

Ballet Class with Dmitri Roudnev: Demonstration of Exercises for Music of Best of Ballet Class, Vol. V

Ballet Class with Dmitri Roudnev: Demonstration of Exercises for Music of Best of Ballet Class, Vol. V

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  • Erin says:
    103 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally, a REAL Ballet Class! Joy!, October 24, 2008
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    Erin (France) –

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    I won’t mention how many ballet classes on vhs or dvd I have purchased, or how much money I have spent hoping to get what is contained in this DVD Ballet Class by Russian dancer, Dmitri Roudnev, but I’ve spent a whole lot in my quest for good ballet home instruction.

    I have come to find thru all my ballet-hopeful dvd purchases, ballet is more than just exercises at a barre, strange contortions, and over-forced turnouts. A lot more. It is a DANCE. And no ballet video or DVD I have ever bought — until this one — seems to recall this oft-overlooked crutial fact.

    If you love ballet and have tried (or never have tried) ballet and found yourself discouraged, try this ONE last dvd for your inner ballerina.

    This DVD will NOT begin with overwhelming, harmful intensive stretching.

    It will NOT exhaust you. It will NOT strip the beauty of ballet from the dance. It will NOT destroy your confidence. It will NOT annoy you. And it will NOT leave you feeling awkward and silly for having tried attempting it, and if you take it easy and listen to your body’s limits, it will not injure you either.

    Every single ballet dvd I have owned has followed very strictly in what I would call the ‘westernization’ of ballet in that modern-day ballet instructional dvds make ballet into a boring workout – not a dance but into a segmented ‘abs, buns, thighs’ workout with ballet flavor.

    But real ballet doesn’t see the body as parts but a whole which dances fluidly together.

    In westerinzed ballet dvd classes, you have oddities like disjointed ab workout sections, over extentions, painful stretches, jazz routines, weight-lifting sections, yoga–you name it, they’ve blended it with ballet. There are few, if any, pure ballet class or focused instructional ballet experiences on dvd. The westerized versions with such long beginning stretching routines steal your strength. Most of them make you feel weak, feature instructors with dour facial expressions, strange and off-putting new-age music, shuffling herds of confused dancers with little grace or understanding of the mindset of ballet — and the worst of all: the ones with ‘ballet instructors’ that look like they just bench-pressed 100 pounds over their heads and their huge bulky arms and legs have you rightly confused at their self-professed ‘dancers bodies’, thinking you never saw ballerinas with calves bigger than their knees…

    That’s a perfectly acceptable, hard-won kind of body, but that is not a ballet dancer’s body and shouldn’t be represented as one, but sadly often is.

    This DVD class, however is taught by a wonderful russian ballet dancer of Bolshoi training and dancing method which is considered to have it’s associations with the very beginning of ballet dance, and has none of the ridiculous elements mentioned above.

    Dmitri Roudnev, the instructor, is as a pleasant, calm, technical, creative, kind, and encouraging as any dancer could hope to have for a teacher. His complete lack of ego or pomp, his centeredness, and his sound grace without stumbling on formality, is humbling and inspiring and creates wonderful focus for a student dancing along with him and his ballerina friend. What an extrodinarily nice man. What a total lack of pretention; I love his charming russian accent – makes me want to curtsey to him in honest thanks every time i put this in, as my respect for his abilities seems to grow with every viewing. I can’t say enough about him as a teacher in a ballet dvd. He’s a man of carefully chosen words, and doesn’t over talk the class to death, filling ever second with distracting comments, which drives me crazy in most workouts in general. It leaves room for thinking, in my opinion, personal focus and self improvement.

    Leading by example, he executes what he then asks for through-out the class, which is wonderful because you see his version of it then the ballerina.

    After looking for something just like this dvd for years, I’m ashamed to even hint at any negatives regarding the dvd, but it must be said that the sound is a little sketchy, tho audible, but is not perfect in that regard. However, this is the dvd’s only real drawback.

    It is a 120 minute class. The exercises are preformed in small, natural and pleasing combinations at the barre and at centre – which is how ballet should be learned so that you can get a sense of timing in dancing, preforming, and giving as student or an artist OF ballet– something you never get from most westernized versions of ballet class captured for home instruction. First one side is worked thru a combination, then the other is done. The exercises are *danced* to the music. Which is what one expects when one takes a real ballet class – in an ideal world, anyway – and what I was starting to wonder if I would ever find until I gave this dvd a try.

    Not being the caliber of a professional…

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  • Slava says:
    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    one of the best but least known ballet teachers, August 12, 2007
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    Slava (USA) –

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    I came upon this DVD by chance, while searching for a good ballet class. This is one of the best ballet programs I have seen in many years. Dmitry is an outstanding teacher. I highly recoment his series of ballet classes and music for ballet classes (by the way) to anybody who is after the REAL CLASSICAL BALLET. Do not get dissapointed by not so perfect DVD recording – the content is priceless.

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