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Ballroom Dancing: Step-by-step (Step By Step) [Paperback]

Paul Bottomer
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13 Nov 2006 Step By Step
This handbook shows how to master the social foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, modern tango, slow foxtrot and the Viennese waltz. It contains over 360 step-by-step photographs and diagrams in colour clearly, which illustrate all the dances and movements so you can learn at home and see exactly what you are aiming to achieve. This is an easy-to-follow handbook suitable for dancers of all ages and any level of experience. The great classic ballroom dances included in this book - the social foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, modern tango, slow foxtrot and the Viennese waltz - are clearly explained in simple, everyday language, including their histories and the stories behind them; their individual traditions; and, of course, easy-to-follow lessons on how to dance them. The basic routines are built up in step-by-step movements that are beautifully illustrated with over 360 colour photographs and diagrams, which form a wonderfully simple and clear teaching system you can study at home.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Southwater; illustrated edition edition (13 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844762769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844762767
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 875,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Bottomer was four times undefeated World and European Supreme Champion in Argentine Tango and a grand finalist in the All-England Professional Ballroom Championship. He is a former member of the Latin-American Committee of the UKA, has travelled in South America studying Latin American dance at its source and was the co-founder of one of London's top salsa clubs. Paul has performed all over the world and, as a leading authority on popular dance styles, he has lectured at major international dance conferences and made numerous television appearances. Despite his many international commitments, Paul still enjoys sharing the sense of fun and excitement of dance with a class of beginners.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dancing lessons? 12 Dec 2011
By Doll
Format:Paperback
I am sorry to say, I found this book not very helpful and not very easy to use. I am not having dancing lessons any more!
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3.0 out of 5 stars HAve a care 23 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
Paul B has a record of reissuing old books with a different title. The pictures on the front look like those in his "let's Dance" and "Dance Class" It's the same gent. Check up before you buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 2 Nov 2013
By webboy
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Nicely illustrated book with good instruction and well explained foot positions. All the main ballroom dances covered. Thoroughly recommended for those starting dancing and as a good reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loads of pictures 21 Dec 2007
By D. C. Fraunfelter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My wife & I just completed beginning ballroom dancing, and are ready to start intermediate. I've looked at several books on dancing, and have concluded that no two of them teach the same steps the same way.

I found a copy of this at our local library. There are lots of pictures, and plenty of things to keep beginners occupied for quite some time. Many of the dances have the man leading with the right foot. Also, many of the dances proceed in a zig-zag in the line of dance, with the man proceeding backward at times. Wow!

I have picked up several new moves from this book, which supplement what we have learned in our lessons. This book is British, which may account for the difference in style. Still, it is one of the best I have seen. If you want to learn something new, from a source that is clear and concise, this is a great value. It also includes etiquette tips, and the pictures are more than worth the price.
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