From the producers of "American Idol", "So You Think You Can Dance?" has become a success for Fox. The "Idol"-like program (which premiered in 2005 in the US; spin-off versions premiered in 2006 in several foreign markets) follows dancers from all different backgrounds - from street dancers to professionals - as they go through a tough audition process before becoming paired up with other contestants to perform routines each week in front of a panel of judges , which test their skills and bring those picked closer to the show's grand prize. Season 6 will premiere in the Fall of 2009, while season 5 gained some fame recently for airing a song and dance number featuring actress Katie Holmes.
The show's success has, not surprisingly, lead to a pair of workout DVDs, "So You Think You Can Dance - Get Fit: Tone and Groove" and "So You Think You Can Dance: Get Fit: Cardio Funk". The two discs are both broken down into three separate sections, with each of the sections offering an enjoyable, easy-to-learn routine to allow viewers to gradually build towards a cohesive, high-energy workout routine.
"Cardio Funk" has (Disco w/Courtney, Contemporary w/Travis and Hip-Hop w/Lauren), while "Tone and Grove" has (Hip-Hop w/Twitch, Jazz w/Katee and Cha-Cha w/Dmitry.) "Tone and Groove" offers viewers routines in order to tone trouble spots like glutes, thighs, upper arms and abs with the dances on the program, while "Cardio Funk" offers more high-impact routines to get lean and burn calories.
Generally well-produced as these sort of programs go, the discs also offer an intro, as well as warm-up and cool down routines for before and after the main dance routines on the discs. Additionally, both discs also offer a bonus workout routine in addition to the main three routines offered.
VIDEO: Both titles are offered in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen by Paramount. Image quality is above-average, with very nice sharpness and detail throughout both programs. Aside from some slight shimmer during a couple of scenes, the picture remained clear and clean. Colors looked bright and perky, with very nice saturation and no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: Both presentations are offered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and boast well-recorded, bassy music and clear dialogue.
EXTRAS: Interviews with the dancers.
Final Thoughts: Both workout DVDs are recommended for fans of the series who are looking to jazz up their fitness routines.