Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance: What I Wish I Had Known

Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance: What I Wish I Had Known

by The Girl with the Tree Tattoo

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ISBN-13: 9781483567280
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 04/03/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 46
Sales rank: 744,852
File size: 302 KB

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Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance: What I Wish I Had Known 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
When you want to start something new it’s hard to know where to begin. For instance If you wanted to learn Ballroom Dancing there are many routes you can go. You can learn it through private lessons, group lessons or maybe even from just watching videos on youtube. This leads to another problem though, how do you find the right instructor? Or what if you pay a lot of money and decide that it’s not for you? Luckily like anything in life if you look for answers you will find them and in the case of learning how to ballroom dance The Girl With The Tree Tattoo has the answers. Dance Diaries 1: What I Wish I Had Known breaks down everything you need to know on why you should try ballroom dancing and where to begin. This short book gets into the benefits of dancing such as better posture, improved physical fitness and higher self-esteem. It also covers whether you should take private or group lessons, how to act at a ballroom dance party, finding the right dance partner and much more. What really drew me to want to read this book was reading up on The Girl With The Tree Tattoo. This is a person who lives and breathes ballroom dancing. She started learning how to dance from taking lessons so she could dance at her wedding and was hooked. From there she took private and group lessons and started to attend dance parties and compete in contests. She has a true passion for dancing and who better to learn dancing from then someone who puts her whole life into it. This is not just a simple how to book, it goes in-depth on many aspects of ballroom dancing. My favorite part of the book is the chapter on When is Enough, Enough? In this chapter she gets into deciding if you want to dance for fun or do you want to do it as a part of competitions and showcases. She then asks the reader to decide what they want to get out of dancing and what direction they want to go in. I felt this was an important topic because someone like me would want to get into it for fun and not compete. That’s an important thing to remember when you are choosing what kind of lessons to take. Dance Diaries is a good introduction to the world of dancing and it’s also a book that can help you find what your passion in life is. The way the author breaks down the fundamentals of choosing why dancing could be right for you can also be applied to other interests such as if you want to get involved in writing, martial arts or whatever else you think your passion might be. Essentially this is a book about not just dancing but finding your passion.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This book not only gives a multitude of tips, tricks and 'what-to-watch-out-fors' when it comes to learning ballroom dancing, but feels like a conversation with a best friend over a hot cup of coffee. The author's enthusiasm and love for ballroom dancing is obvious from the very first page and she wastes no time in diving into the reasons why she and/or someone else might consider entering this sport. Through her own experiences, the author explains not only the various learning possibilities (among others--private or group lessons) but continues on through other topics such as etiquette, social aspects and even the relationships which can form between teachers and students. This is a quick, easy read. The information is brought across systematically while still maintaining a personal touch. The various examples filter in between the facts naturally, allowing the information to build into 'real life' scenes. There are many aspects, which wouldn't necessarily be touched upon when normally gathering information at a dance school. Not only are the different possibilities on learning to dance explained, but the author offers pros and cons as well as her own honest opinions about each one. This book offers a whole new insight into the possibilities and several points which would never pop up in a normal dance school information session. The last chapters leave the beginning dance class arena and head on into the pro-amateur competition realm. Although a new dancer won't be entering this area right away. . .or maybe ever. . . the thoughts and insights aren't only interesting but the added humor is simply fun to read. The author is open, speaks from the heart and relates aspects of ballroom dancing which would never be mentioned in a more professional conversation. Summed up, this is a great little book for anyone who has even played with the thought of entering the world of ballroom dancing. The bits of experience and insight are interesting as well as enjoyable, and bring light on what this wonderful sport can really mean. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance by The Girl with the Tree Tattoo is a beginner’s guide to taking ballroom dancing lessons and embarking on this enjoyable social or competitive activity. Based on the author’s experiences, discoveries and recommendations, it covers the reasons for taking up dancing, different places to learn, types of teachers, the pros and cons of private and group lessons, dealing with your first class, practice parties or social dances and finding the right partner. There are also informative and useful sections on the business considerations of ballroom lessons, getting along with your teacher or dance partner, and discussions of some of the potential conflicts or problems in partnerships that can sometimes arise. Being a fan of dancing myself, I was interested to read Dance Diaries and found it a concise, well-written and informative guide for the beginner. It is more than a how-to or book of facts and the author's personality and experience-based ideas and thoughts shine through. I loved the section on etiquette between partners and in social gatherings, and the way the author tackles the “wonderful awkwardness” of the professional teacher/amateur student dancer problems that sometimes occur – due to the often intimate but also friendship feel to the relationship. I felt the book conveys the many reasons and benefits for taking up and learning ballroom dancing very well. It is easy to see how it can become a passion and life long activity. This enthusiastic little book gives plenty of facts combined with encouragement for the beginner. Whether you want to learn to dance as a hobby, to help develop self-confidence, for health reasons, occasional social events, or in the hope of eventually becoming a competitive or professional dancer, Dance Diaries is an excellent starting point.