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Move with grace and feel confident on the dance floor—step by step! Social Dance: Steps to Success will teach you all the moves for eight popular dance styles:









Each step in the progression teaches you a new skill, then builds on those skills to develop creative dance routines. The first few steps provide a solid foundation of the basics to help you understand alignment, musical structure, and footwork synchronization with the music. As you progress, you will also learn how to lead and follow, move from one dance position to another, combine dance variations into sequences, and much more.

Every step also explains why the concept or skill is important, identifies the keys to correct technique, helps you avoid common errors, and explains how to practice each skill.

Written by master teacher and dancer Judy Patterson Wright, this book is part of the Steps to Success Series—the most extensively researched and carefully developed set of sport skill instruction books ever published.

Includes music CD!
To help you practice, a compact disc is included that provides 19 tracks for training and practice. The first 8 are training examples (some with voice overs) for identifying the beat, measures, and highlighting general characteristics of selected social dance music. Tracks 9 through 19 include instrumental practice music (average 2 minutes each) for all 8 dances covered in the book.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Wright provides a thorough, step-by-step approach in instructing prospective Freds and Gingers in body alignment and carriage, music recognition, brief dance histories, and basic and variant footwork for five social dances: swing, cha-cha, foxtrot, polka, and waltz. ``Success goals'' and drills at the end of each lesson mark progress. The book even includes a soundsheet (not heard) of sample music, so that beginning dancers won't try to cha-cha to a polka beat. However, until the typical foot-movement diagrams are augmented by video closeups, they may remain puzzling and awkward to many Arthur Miller wannabes. Nonetheless, this self-instructional book can prevent diligent readers from having two left feet. Appropriate for school or public libraries with a demand for recreational dance methods.-- Cathy Sabol, Northern Vir ginia Community Coll., Manassa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736045056
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2002
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Patterson Wright, PhD, is an accomplished dancer who has taught social dance at the junior high, high school, and college levels since 1971. Dr. Wright's dance experience includes a wide variety of styles: ballroom and social dance, tap dance, jazz, modern dance, ballet, folk dance, square dance, country western dance, line dance, and aerobic dancercise.

She has been recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America (1982) and repeatedly as an Excellent Teacher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has judged and competed in dance competitions, and she specializes in progressive teaching workshops both for social and competitive dancers. Judy and her husband, Sam, placed second overall in the Silver Advanced Showcase Division at the World finals in 1996 and 1997. They are the 1997 World Silver Advanced Showcase cha-cha Champions.

Dr. Wright, currently an acquisitions editor, is the creator of the format for the Steps to Success Activity Series and the author of the companion title Social Dance Instruction: Steps to Success. She resides in Mahomet, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Step 1. Posture, Centering, and Frame: Moving Like a Dancer
Step 2. Music Structure: Hearing Reliable Cues in the Music
Step 3. Ear-Foot Coordination: Connecting With the Music
Step 4. Partner Dynamics and Etiquette: Communicating Effectively
Step 5. Basic Steps, Transitions, and Variations: Preparing to Dance
Step 6. Foxtrot: Dancing Regally
Step 7. Swing: Looking Jazzy
Step 8. Waltz: Moving Stately
Step 9. Polka: Having Fun
Step 10. Cha-Cha: Being Flirtatious
Step 11. Rumba: Reflecting Romance
Step 12. Tango: Expressing Attitude
Step 13. Salsa/Mambo: Adding Flavor
Step 14. Rules of the Road: Demonstrating Good Floor Craft
Step 15. Turn Technique and Styling: Looking Good on the Dance Floor
Step 16. More Dance Options: Adjusting to New Situations

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Great Book!

    The author really knows what she is talking about and breaks down social dancing into a science that anyone can master. Step by step, her methodology is great! ...Practice, practice, practice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    Still can't dance

    The music CD that comes with this book is kind of fun. :) The songs are only about 2 minutes in length, but at least they exist. The first 2 or so tracks of the CD also give you a bit of help in terms of learning how to count beats. However, I don't recommend trying to learn to dance through a book. It's hard to fully comprehend what the book is trying to say and you're also never sure if you're doing the right thing since there is nobody nearby to correct you. Plus, for most of the dances, you need partners and IF you have a partner, I recommend just taking a class and not buying any books. This one is maybe better than the rest on the market though, but it doesn't have many pictures; just a few foot-prints and a lot of text (and a CD).

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