The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ballroom Dancingby Jeff Allen, Jeffrey Allen
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
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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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
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
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.