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In addition to the step-by-step photos, footwork illustrations, and instruction covering all the common ballroom dances, this new edition of the bestselling Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Ballroom Dancing includes a 90-minute instructional DVD featuring award-winning dancer and dance instructor Jeff ...
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Overview

Ballroom dancing is back! And now anyone can move like a pro. DVD included!

In addition to the step-by-step photos, footwork illustrations, and instruction covering all the common ballroom dances, this new edition of the bestselling Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Ballroom Dancing includes a 90-minute instructional DVD featuring award-winning dancer and dance instructor Jeff Allen. It corresponds with the text seamlessly, giving readers the next best thing to one-on-one instruction, at a fraction of the cost.
• The #1 selling ballroom dancing book
• Includes a fantastic, new instructional DVD and hundreds of illustrations and instructions
• Allen is a renowned, award-winning ballroom-dance teacher
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028643458
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

I. BEFORE THE BALL.

1. Past Ballroom Dancing Expressions: From the Renaissance to the Age of Reform.
The Renaissance Sets the Stage. The First True “Dancing Queen” . The Dance Masters Create the Roots for Ballet. The Scandalous Waltz. Age of Reform: Queen Victoria (Reign 1837-1901). Waltzing to America.

2. Modern Ballroom Dancing Expressions: From 1900 to the Present.
1900: The Creature Dances. 1910: The Castles. 1920s: The Radio and the Phonograph. 1930s: America Cuts a Rug. 1940s: The Latin Beat and World War II. 1950s: The Rock and Roll Invasion. 1960s: Solo Dancing. 1970s: Disco and the Hustle. 1980s: The Reagan Era. 1990s to the Present.

3. What Makes Us Dance.
Mysterious Instinctual Desire. Why Men Dance. Why Women Dance. Deepening Relationships with Dance.

4. Dancing Through Your Big Day.
The Magic of the First Dance. The Perfect Song. How Soon Is Soon Enough? Keep the Moment Brief and Let the Magic Last. Funny, on the Way to Their Wedding, We Learned How to Dance. The Groom Presents His Bride. Recommended Timelines for the Wedding Dance Scenario.

II. BEFORE YOUR BALL.

5. Lifestyles Improve Socially, Psychologically, and Physically.
No Longer a Couch Potato, Your Dance Card Is Full. Poise and Power Meet Elegance and Romance. Let's Get Physical…withNonmovement Activity.

6. The Challenges of Ballroom Dancing.
From Jalopy to Ferrari. What Is a Dance Step? “The Dynamic Duo” Legs in Action. Patience and Kindness Are Virtues.

7. Music and More Music: About the Music on Your CD.
Your Music for Dancing. Standardization = Acceptance. Track One: Waltz. Track Two: Foxtrot. Track Three: Tango. Track Four: Viennese Waltz. Track Five: Rumba. Track Six: Merengue. Track Seven: Samba. Track Eight: Cha-Cha. Track Nine: Mambo. Track Ten: East Coast Swing. Track Eleven: Hustle.

8. Timing and Rhythm for the Layperson.
Music and You. Let's Take a Break from Music. Gardening for Rhythm and Timing. Digging the Beat. The Same Thing over and over Again. Time Has a Signature. Slows and Quicks. Stressful? Not Really. Using the Time to Count Time. Listening and Learning.

9. The Plain Truth About Practicing, Expectations, and Prioritization.
The Three Ps of Dancing. Some Space to Dance. Suit Up and Hoofs On. Attitude Is Food for Your Muscles. A Fresh Step. Gearing Up for Practice. The Next Big Dance Step.

III. TWO BECOME ONE: CREATING THE DANCE COUPLE.

10. The Quickstart Program(c) Progressive Movements.
Simple but Very Necessary. Forward. Backward as If You Were Blindfolded. “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect” . Sideways: The Third and Last Linear Direction. Choreographed Routine.

11. The Quickstart Program(c) Nonprogressive Movements.
Your First Real Dance Step. The Common Denominator of Ballroom Dancing. Closing Actions in the Smooth Dances. Stay in Time. The Box Step Is Your Trailblazer.

12. Dance Positions with Your Partner.
Let's Get Close and Physical. Contact Points for the Hands and Arms. One Last Word. Promenade Position. The Wedding Dip.

13. The Interactions of the Dance Couple.
Leading and Following. Use of the Hands and Arms. Leading Rotation. Foot Position in CBMP. Inside and Outside of a Turn. Magic Part of the Foot. Knee Veer. Sway.

IV. FRED AND GINGER HERE WE COME: THE SMOOTH DANCES.

14. Your Best Directions.
Diagram of Line of Dance. Description of Line of Dance. Why We Use Line of Dance. How We Use Line of Dance. Common Courtesies on the Dance Floor. Dealing With a Congested Floor.

15. Waltz.
Box with Underarm Turn. Simple Twinkle. Progressive. Box Turn-1/4 Turn to Left (Counterclockwise). Box Turn-1/4 to Right (Clockwise). Choreographed Routine: Waltz Routine.

16. Foxtrot.
Rise and Fall with Rhythm. The Basic: Key Timing. Left Box Turn (Counterclockwise)-Box Rhythm. Rock Turn to Left: Key Rhythm. Sway Step: Key Rhythm. Simple Twinkle: Box Rhythm. Promenade: Key Rhythm. Zig Zag in Line: Key Rhythm. Choreographed Routine: Emergency Wedding Routine. Choreographed Routine: Nightclub Pattern (or Nowhere to Go). Choreographed Routine: Foxtrot Routine.

17. Tango.
Adding the Special Touches to Your Tango. Basic Straight. Basic Circular. Promenade Turning Left. Promenade Turning Right. Corti-Single. Choreographed Routine: Tango Routine.

18. Viennese Waltz.
Details, Details-or Dealing with Speed. Balance Steps-Forward and Back, Side. Left Turn-Your Hardest Step! Forward Progressive Changes. Right Turn. Curtsey and Bow (Used Only to Start the Dance). Choreographed Routine: Viennese Waltz Routine.

V. THIS STUFF'S HOT AND SPICY AND REAL COOL, “DADDY-O” .

19. Rumba.
Side Basic. Fifth Position. Box Step Turning. Cross Body Lead. Outside Partner. Choreographed Routine: Rumba Routine.

20. Merengue.
Basic to Side. Nightclub Basic Left Turn. Merengue Box Step. Side Breaks. Arm Slide. Practice Routine: Merengue Routine.

21. Samba.
Forward and Back Basic. Side-to-Side Basic. Fifth Position. The Box. Extended Box. Practice Routine: Samba Routine.

22. Cha-Cha.
Basic in Place-Nightclub Style. Cha-Cha Side Basic. Progressive Cha-Cha Basic. Outside Partner. Crossover Break with Spot Turn. Choreographed Routine: Cha-Cha Routine.

23. Mambo.
A Different Start. Forward and Back Basic. Side Breaks. Side Breaks and Cross. Cross Body Lead. Open Break Underarm Turn. Choreographed Routine: Mambo Routine.

24. East Coast Swing.
Quickstart to Swing's(c) Unit Method for Easy Learning. Closed Basic in Promenade Position. Outside (Arch) Turn from Closed Promenade Position to Finish in Open Facing Position. The Basic Figure in Open Facing Position. Inside Turn (Loop Turn) from Open Facing Position Finishing in Open Facing Position. Leader's Underarm Turn from Open Facing Position to Closed Promenade Position. Choreographed Routine: Swing Routine.

25. Hustle.
Hustling the Technique. Basic (Slotted) Right Turn. Lady's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted). Man's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted). Open to Side Closed Position. Throw Out. Choreographed Routine: Hustle Routine.

VI. APPENDIXES.

Appendix A. Glossary.
Appendix B. Further Reading.
Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    this book was supposed to help me to dance, but as soon as I go

    this book was supposed to help me to dance, but as soon as I go from the book to real life I just can't apply the principles. This just isn't the right book for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    Editor of 'Amateur Dancers' Loves this Book

    The delightful premise of this book is to knowledgeably enter the enjoyable scene of social dancing with its ¿social, psychological and physical improvement of lifestyle.¿ This it does! Anyone entering social dancing, and those having entered and not become competitively focused, can do well to buy this cleverly written book. Scattered throughout the text, Jeff very effectively uses logo-symboled information boxes to add interest and pointed tips. Eschewing the usual foot diagrams for patterns, text and pictures do the job. The excellent introductory diagram of Line of Dance and the 11 dance music CD is arguably worth the cost of the book. Beginning with the history of the original ¿close¿ dancing position of partners, the author traces the evolvement of ballroom dancing in a very unique way ¿ the impact exerted by national economies, mores and wars. The ceremonial wedding dance is covered as the point of beginning for many people and it traces natural evolvement from that point. Reasons to dance for men, women and the shy are given through to the relationship and foreplay factors. Physically and mentally meeting the challenges of ballroom dancing are listed, then music, timing, rhythm, movement and position. ¿The Plain Truth about Practicing, Expectations, and Prioritization¿ is a section not usually covered in dance books, but should be; the discussion of ¿Creating a Dance Couple¿ is quite germane to those not locked in a high-level partnership. The author approaches Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Merengue, Samba, Cha-Cha, Mambo, East Coast Swing, and Hustle very practically with descriptive text and pictures that do the job of getting you in the dance. Competitors, Silver level and above, will find the book¿s historical notes and the personal side of dancing a good read, all others can favorably and profitably use the book to help getting their heads and feet straight on the floor. Conclusion: Buy it, for your personal improvement and attitude. Review of The Complete Idiot¿s Guide to Ballroom Dancing Published in Amateur Dancers; Issue #139 Sept/Oct 2002 By Robert Meyer, Editor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    CHOCK FULL OF USEFUL, READABLE INFORMATION

    Reviewer: Niel Shell from Jackson Heights, NY United States. This book is NOT for complete idiots. . . it is for those smart enough to recognize the absolutely best introduction on the market to ballroom dancing, Latin dancing and disco-hustle dancing. As the author of the dance book HUSTLE, which has become a standard for that dance, I can tell you THIS IS THE BOOK TO LEARN FROM! It comes with a FREE CD picked especially to match the right music with the right dance. The author gives you everything you need to get started and then to succeed. Jeff gives you the motivation by letting you know all the wonderful advantages of dancing. He gives you the basic information, with plenty of close-up photos to help. There are lots of useful tips that will be helpful to social dancers of all levels. The author writes explanations that are clear and complete. Many short boxed notes call the reader's attention to important points. Other boxed notes lighten the reading with interesting 'dance trivia' and cartoons. Two chapters on the history of dancing have enough information to satisfy even the most curious. If your big day is soon and you need help to make sure your wedding dance comes out just right, Jeff has just what you need. Turn to Chapter 4--Dancing Through Your Big Day. Very useful extras include a glossary, a list of references, a list of dance related websites, and an extensive index. The book is very thorough and very readable. Add to this the low price, and you get a bargain not to be passed up.

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    Posted March 13, 2013

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