The Advanced DVD doesn't include any spins, but instead includes a wide range of different tricks and also different ways to combine them. There are almost 20 different combinations, and they are, as the title of the DVD suggests, advanced. If you cannot attend a pole studio or workshop, you should at least have a friend present when trying e.g. The Straight Edge to Supergirl (Superman) or The Rocket to Leg Release for the first time.
All the DVDs include some pre-pole stretches, but an aerobic warm-up should be done before them. This is not included in the DVDs, but Tracey does point out that you should always do one. It's likely that eager watchers would just skip the warm-up anyway and fast forward to the pole part, so don't forget to warm up for at least 10 minutes before popping the DVD in your player!
All the DVDs also include a short cool down and some important post-pole stretches. These stretches are for the all-important cool down, not for gaining flexibility, and they are the absolute minimum you should do after each pole session. Like the Warm Up, the cool down is also the same for each DVD. Perhaps the Advanced DVD could have had some more demanding stretches as students at this level are usually eager to gain flexibility.
Exclusive Show Footage
All the DVDs also include an exclusive show where Tracey demonstrates what kind of a routine can be done with the tricks from that DVD. In these shows the work out gear and trainers are abandoned for sexier clothes, even heels. These routines are a very cool addition to the DVDs! It's not often that you see pole dancers of Tracey's level doing tricks that even an average poler can learn.
Even though there's always room for improvement (the background music could be, well, real music), overall Tracey Simmonds' Comprehensive Guide to Pole Dance can be recommended to all pole dancers who want to learn in the privacy of their homes. Many of the current pole superstars, including Tracey, are self-taught, so you shouldn't give up on a fantastic hobby even if you can't attend pole lessons as often as you'd like.”
Who is Tracey Simmonds?
Tracey Simmonds started pole dancing seven years ago. Back then there weren't many pole dancing studios around and Tracey learned mostly from the instructional DVDs that were available at the time. Tracey now owns her own pole studio in South Africa and travels around the world keeping workshops. She was awarded with the prize 'IPC 2012 First Runner Up Pole Fitness' in the International Pole Championships in Hong Kong on 15th March 2012.
Tracey created the Comprehensive Guide to Pole Dance because she felt it was time to update and add to the older DVDs available. The Comprehensive Guide consists of three DVDs, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
The DVDs also feature another instructor, Kat. Tracey and Kat both wear trainers throughout all of the DVDs, which emphasizes the fitness nature of pole dancing. Still, it might be safer to start barefoot if you're a beginner to get maximum grip when climbing the pole.
Tracey's instructions are clear and the demonstrations clean. The tricks are repeated at least twice, from different angles if necessary, and slow-motion is used to clarify some tricks. And with a DVD, you have the benefit of watching the same move as many times as necessary, without having to ask the teacher to show it. Each move is its' own chapter, so they are easy to watch back and forth.
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