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This beginning and intermediate text looks daunting at first but provides something very rare: a complete and detailed tutorial and reference of the art of international-style ballroom dancing. Written in a bygone era when dancing teachers were more concerned with educating the public than enriching themselves and their studios, Victor Silvester explains everything you need to know clearly and precisely, down to such details as where and how to place your feet and nuances of which direction to sway and what angle to turn at each step. Lavishly illustrated with precise step diagrams, the text is as much an invitation to contemplate human movement as a practical how-to book. While it will take several reads and quite a while (i.e. many months) to digest and practice everything in this book, the patient reader will enjoy a very pleasant experience: as one's understanding and ability increase, new facets and details gradually reveal themselves from the pages until at last the whole art of ballroom dance becomes visible in a single beautiful tapestry -- You'll never be satisfied dancing salsa or swing again! Silvester's coverage of the 'standard' dances is somewhat more comprehensive than his coverage of the latin dances, but considering the fact that the latin dances are more readily learned in our society, that is a fair compensation. Deserves a central place on the bookshelf of any student or teacher of ballroom dancing.