Social Dance: Steps to Success

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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: Swing; Foxtrot; Waltz; Tango; Cha-cha; Polka; Rumba; Salsa/Mambo. Each step you take is a smooth transition from the one before. Your first few steps provide a solid foundation of skills and concepts. As you progress, you learn not only the basic dance steps and styling but also how to adjust to a partner, how to make the transitions between positions, and how to create ...
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Overview

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: Swing; Foxtrot; Waltz; Tango; Cha-cha; Polka; Rumba; Salsa/Mambo. Each step you take is a smooth transition from the one before. Your first few steps provide a solid foundation of skills and concepts. As you progress, you learn not only the basic dance steps and styling but also how to adjust to a partner, how to make the transitions between positions, and how to create sequences from variations of those basic steps. Each of the steps 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. A compact disc featuring music for each style is included to help you practice.
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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: 9780880114493
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Steps to Success Activity Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Steps to Success Staircase
Why Social Dance?
Step 1 Posture, Centering, and Frame: Moving Like a Dancer 1
Step 2 Music Structure: Hearing Reliable Cues in the Music 11
Step 3 Ear-Foot Coordination: Connecting With the Music 23
Step 4 Partner Dynamics and Etiquette: Communicating Effectively 37
Step 5 Basic Steps, Transitions, and Variations: Preparing to Dance 49
Step 6 Foxtrot: Dancing Regally 53
Step 7 Swing: Looking Jazzy 75
Step 8 Waltz: Moving Stately 105
Step 9 Polka: Having Fun 121
Step 10 Cha-Cha: Being Flirtatious 141
Step 11 Rumba: Reflecting Romance 161
Step 12 Tango: Expressing Attitude 173
Step 13 Salsa/Mambo: Adding Flavor 183
Step 14 Rules of the Road: Demonstrating Good Floor Craft 197
Step 15 Turn Technique and Styling: Looking Good on the Dance Floor 205
Step 16 More Dance Options: Adjusting to New Situations 213
Rating Your Progress 223
Glossary 225
About the Author 228
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