David Carroll

"Taps 'n' Toes"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (44 of 48)
Location: Sheffield


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,342,819 - Total Helpful Votes: 44 of 48
Wicked! by Jilly Cooper OBE
Wicked! by Jilly Cooper OBE
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Really Enjoyable, 3 Dec 2007
This book 'feels' very different to any other Jilly Cooper book, but it's nice to see some of the wonderful characters from the Rutshire Chronicles making their appearances, it's one of the things I like most about Coopers' books.

Whilst I agree the Welsh trip and the behaviour of the accompanying teachers may be a little more fictional than necessary, the rest of the plot is believable and makes for a cracking good story. The smidgin of political satire is rather fun and provides a couple of giggles as well as a sigh of recognition of how our education systems works these days.

Overall, an entertaining if not challenging read, plenty of humour, some really touching… Read more
Maria Fay's Floor Barre by Maria Fay
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

This is a really fantastic book and I would strongly suggest that you get the accompanying DVD to really understand the techniques and progression involved and get maximum results from it.

The only negative point I have to say is that this floor barre system is far beyond the capabilities of most amateur dancers that I know and even some professional dancers. The exercises are incredibly difficult as the system progresses and even the best local dance school students will stuggle with the most basic exercises.

Having said that, the most valuble reason for buying this book and the DVD is the wealth of ideas and information that can be gleaned by teachers… Read more
The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training and Technique by Janice Barringer
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful

As a male dance teacher with no experience on pointe myself, I think it vitally important for ALL teachers to study pointe work thoroughly and have a solid knowledge of the technique involved. I was really excited to hear about this book, and thinking I had found a really in depth guide to pointe work training and technique, I have to admit to being a little disappointed.

My main concern is regarding the lack of information relating to the actual TEACHING of pointe work. What there is tends to be either hypothetical or philosophical and in short, not particularly relevant to the local, amateur level dance school. There are interesting sections on pointe work… Read more