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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Get Fit: Review & Giveaway

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You know how they say you should dance like nobody's watching? The only time I can manage that level of carefree rug-cutting is when nobody in fact is watching. Like when I have the drapes drawn so the neighbors won't see me trying to learn how to dance.

The nice part about dancing along with a DVD is that the people on the television do not snigger at how you dance. Not once. And when I dance, there is much to laugh at. Sadly, my name will never be mentioned in the same sentence as dancers like Fred Astaire, Crabby McSlacker, or Dmitri Chaplin.

These DVDs give you the chance to try something fun and get a workout while you're doing it.

The Cardio Funk DVD features:
- Hip Hop - Lauren
- Contemporary - Travis
- Disco - Courtney (No, a glittery disco ball is not included. Sorry.)
- Cardio Funk Bonus Workout

The Tone and Groove DVD has:
- Hip Hop - Twitch
- Jazz - Katee
- Cha Cha - Dmitry
- Tone and Groove Bonus Workout

I included the names of the dancers/instructors because, if you've been watching the show you recognize the names and if you've been hiding under a rock you need to know what people have been so excited about.

I've been in the Under-the-rock category, so it was educational to try these DVDs out. Obviously your heart rate is not going to be as high if you're stopping to figure out the steps, but once you get going, these DVDs can provide a workout!

Would you like to try these exercise DVDs?
If you'd like to be entered for the giveaway, please leave a comment. Do you like to get out there and dance all night long, or are you looking for a new fun way to get fit?

Finicky fine print stuff:
- 3 Winners, picked by Mr. Random Number Generator on Thursday, August 6th at 11:59 pm Manhattan Time
- USian mailing address
- Winners announced Friday, August 7th.
- If you win, as I really hope you do, 'cause I kinda like you, then we need your name and address by Wednesday, August 12th.

This Contest Is Now Closed. Sorry.

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  • I would love to try these as I try to shed some baby weight (and possibly some pre-baby weight that shouldn't be there, too.)

  • Hi all, this is Crabby popping in. While this is Merry's giveaway, she's on the road this morning and I'm minding the store. Anyway, I have no idea why these posts are haunted this morning and keep showing "read more" when there is no "more" to read.

    The html coding that generated "read more" is NOT in the posts; I have no idea where it is coming from! Hopefully it will go away by itself soon, as I have no idea how to fix it.

    Good luck with the Cranky Random Number Generator!

  • Tossing my hat in the ring just for fun. And because I like to dance.

  • I love dancing. And need to find cardio things that don't make me feel like I'm in some exercise hell.

  • I love dance but can't actually dance myself so I think these would be fun to try to see they could actually work that discrepancy out.

  • I love dancing, but am terrible at it. This would be perfect for me because I can do what I love in the privacy of my own house :)

  • I can't dance. I'd love to try. :)

  • I could do this with my daughter and we could get fit together

  • I'll have to kick the husband out for these. Although i wouldn't put it past him to try it out.

  • Sounds great! Count me in! Thanks for sharing these with a few lucky readers.

  • Oh these sound like so much fun! I do cardio hula once in awhile and dancing is a really easy way to burn those calories without thinking about it! Sign me up!

  • I love this show! Would love to try these videos as a way to mix up my workout routines. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  • Something new for me to fall down doing - very exciting! Which means, of course, that I wants it.

  • Love dance videos for the reasons you said...all the fun with no laughs. WELL, laughs from anyone besides myself.

  • I definitely can't dance, but would love to "think" I can while I'm doing it. :)

    said Christy on August 4, 2009 at 6:21 AM
  • Hope Mr. Random Number Generator picks me; i would love to try these! I love dancing but probably look pretty ridiculous. Hence the need to dance in the comfort of home ;)

    What a fun giveaway! Thanks!

  • These videos look fun for my girls and I. The girls love the show.

    said Debbie on August 4, 2009 at 6:35 AM
  • Oh, this sounds just lovely!! I'd love to learn to dance (a bit!) even if I would never actually use that information for anything like (gasp) dancing in front of someone else.

    (heck, I don't like to do a regular cardio workout in front of anyone because I'm such a klutz)

  • These look like fun. It's about time I mixed up my workouts a bit again, too.

  • Alright, I'm in! I love to dance of course, although I've never watched So You Think You Can Dance. And any variety I can throw at my cardio is a good thing.

  • I would love to try these, what a great way to stay fit!!

  • My husband got me hooked on this show! When we watch it, my 5 year old son always asks if we can do that. Um, no, we can't! :)

  • I've found "dance" classes are the most fun way to exercise, so I would love to try these out.


  • I've been working out for a bit now and need a change. This would be a great way to get back to my dancing roots and burn some calories!

    Thanks for the contest! I'm very excited!

  • Please tell me it comes with one of those funky outfits. I'd even pay extra.

  • I would love to try this as a workout. Sadly, I was born with no rhythm, so I too will dance with the curtains closed. :)

    said Reillysmom on August 4, 2009 at 7:50 AM
  • I don't think I can dance in the space available.

    Thank you.
    AAAA Thufferin Thucc.

  • Oh! My fiance and I LOVE to watch the show. We would love these dvds because our wedding is coming up and we need to get cool moves to impress our family and friends!

    said Anonymous on August 4, 2009 at 8:23 AM
  • I love to dance, and have been missing going to the clubs I used to frequent as a young'un. I think these videos sound fun! Please enter me in the drawing.

  • These sound fun and I absolutely love the show. It'd be cool to get fit with people I enjoyed watching on tv!

  • These would be great for the days when I'm too cranky to go to the gym! Yay for living room dance parties! Sometimes, I do have my own dance parties in leiu of actual exercise, but it would be great to have a more... er, structured workout. :)


    said Anonymous on August 4, 2009 at 8:59 AM
  • I like to dance the same way Merry does: curtains drawn and no one else around.

  • I would love to try these as I'm a dancer and a huge fan of the show.

  • My 9 year old daughter faithfully watches that show and learns all the dances. I have always wished I could dance too. Crossing my fingers that I will win!

  • I would love these! I've watched the show a handful of times and always think it would be fun to try that sort of dancing myself.

  • I'm a closet fan of SYTYCD. count me in!

  • I love to dance and would love to try these!

  • I am going to set up a PO box just over the border so I can play too.

    Great giveaway!

    said Anonymous on August 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM
  • ME ME ME!! PICK ME, Random Number Generator!! PICK ME!!!!

    Ahem. Sorry about that. Sometimes I get really excited about good dance DVDs. (And by sometimes, I mean ALL THE TIME. In case you wondered.)

    I have to say, I was a late-comer to the "So You Think You Can Dance" phenomenon. I hate reality TV because I feel like people are so often humiliated. But my sister (also an ex-dancer) was on my case for MONTHS to watch the show. So I broke down.

    AND I LOVE IT. Serious, ex-insider, geek LOVE, ok?


    Ahem. Sorry, again. My excitement kind of got away from me, there. ;)

    (Did I mention that I'd love to win the DVD? Either one? 'Cause I would. Just to clarify. ;D)

  • I love SYTYCD. I think a fitness routine with them would be an absolute blast!

  • i love dancing! and my husband loves so you think you can dance, so maybe i can get him to dance with me.

  • I love dance DVDs, so I would love to try these!

  • I like trying out new workout DVDs, these look like they could be fun!

  • I would love to win these DVD's and work them in so I can get a break from Maya my evil animated trainer in My wii fitness coach. Sure she may think I'm cheating on her, but it's worth the risk.

  • I watch the show and marvel at the athleticism of the dancers. I am not much of a dancer, but would love to try these...and let me think I can Dance!

  • I'm a fan of Courtney and Twitch so I'm going to throw my name in. I can't dance though. at all. but no one will know if I pull the blinds shut tight.

  • I love dancing... but I'm self conscious about it. I dance alone in my room but have yet to make my first zumba appearance. :[

    said Rosalie on August 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM
  • A new, fun way to get fit! I like to dance, but don't know how.

  • I LOVE to dance! However, my skills require some fine tuning! These sounds like a lot of fun! I'd love to try them!

  • I'd love to give these a try....behind closed doors :)

  • I just realized I commented on the wrong page.

    It looks fun; I'd like to give it a try!

    said dragonmamma/naomi on August 4, 2009 at 3:49 PM
  • I love work out videos and I'm ALWAYS looking for new ones! I think it looks like it'd be a good workout and I can make fun of them while I'm doing it! It's just like killing two birds with one stone!

  • I don't have baby weight, I don't have any excuses at all. I just love to all the ice cream and pizza I can get my hands on...but then again, I also love my life. I love to dance allbeit not very well. Okay, enough said..I wanna win. How is that? Ugh! Pimping yourself out is a workout in and of itself.

    said Anonymous on August 4, 2009 at 5:08 PM
  • I want things that make me feel like I'm not in exercise hell, too! Me, too!


  • I love the show, I'm totally hooked, and working out to Twitch or Katie would be awesome! :)

  • it, I love to dance, but not only NEVER go out, but I feel like a right fool trying out these kinds of moves in anything other than the privacy of my living room, shades drawn. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • I'm half white and half Puerto Rican, and when I dance Salsa, I channel my father quite nicely and don't look half bad...but if I venture into any other type of dance, beware the mighty white girl. (Thanks for that lack o' rhythm, mom)

    So these would be nice so I can try to dance in public later some time in life. :)

  • I wanna win! I am a wanna-be dancer. So, I love love dancing, just am not all that suave doing it. I'd love to learn new moves and be able to put-da-extra-funk in it since no one will be present.
    Maybe even BUST OUT with the moves and surprise my mom-friends at the next mom's night out. haha.
    the idea of that made me laugh...
    and feel sad.
    jk - I'd love to win! But if I don't, I think I'll have to check out these deeveedees anyway - thanks for getting us all in the know!

    said Anonymous on August 4, 2009 at 8:34 PM
  • This show is a huge hit in my family- I'd love to try the videos-Im hoping itll be a sneaky way to get the kids moving.

    said Jessica on August 4, 2009 at 9:30 PM
  • Dancing with the drapes closed would be right up my alley!

    (I've also been living under a rock.)

    said Anonymous on August 5, 2009 at 3:35 AM
  • I've been wanting to try a dance exercise video for a while, but have been afraid to. Hook me up, Crabby! I want to shake off some pounds.

  • I never miss an episode of "So You Think you can Dance". The show itself is motivating because the dancer's are in stellar shape. Always have dreamed of being a back-up dancer but at age 50 the only dancing I'll be doing is in the privacy of my home.

    said Anonymous on August 5, 2009 at 7:29 AM
  • I would LOVE to try these! I've never seen the show but it sounds like a really fun way to shed some extra flab!

  • I can't dance (like, at all)... and I imagine it is uncomfortable for people to watch me try (as I sometimes do after a glass or two of wine). But I love the show and think that this would be a really fun way new way to work out so count me in!

  • well, my hubby said,"you need to try some new way to make exercise not so excruciating,pick one, underwater basket weaving or SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE GET FIT VIDEOS" I cant weave a basket worser than I cant dance sooooo ok, ill try it!....

    said Anonymous on August 5, 2009 at 5:12 PM
  • so, I suck at dancing, but maybe, just maybe, I can learn with these DVDs. Keeping my fingers crossed...

  • I am obsessed with SYTYCD...learning hiphop from Twitch would be to die for! Although does the dvd come with his sweet glasses? :)

  • I'm looking for a new way to keep me moving! Everything seems to work for a while, but right now I'm in an exercise rut! :-D


  • I am tremendously uncoordinated and a terrible dancer, but I really want to learn to dance. I've been taking bellydance classes since January and tried some social dancing classes with my (sainted) boyfriend. I'd love to try these DVDs too.

  • Would love to win this and dance with the stars! ;)


  • Just in time.

    (The hip hop instructor's name is "Twitch"? o_0)


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