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!
This 1998 release by Brazilian percussion god Dom Um Ramao marks his first solo recording in more than 30 years. Romao has been an in-demand session player since the mid-'60s and was one of the founding members of Weather Report. His own albums on the late, great Muse label, one named eponymously and the other entitled Spirit of the Times, were rhythm orgies that pasted together all of the traditions he'd worked in up until that time: from Sergio Mendes and Sinatra to Flora, Airto, and Weather Report. Rhythm Traveler is a return, of sorts, in that it is an engagement with Brazilian song forms from both folk musics and popular song, all translated through a jazzman's manner of hearing.