Ballroom Dancing Hardcover – 23 Aug 2002
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"Recognised as the ballroom dancer's bible
About the Author
Alex Moore was President of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Honorary President of the International Council of Ballroom Dancing.
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In many teachers opinion, this book is indeed the heart and soul of their learning. And as an amateur competitor this is the book that I use for my study.
The book covers 4 dances: Quickstep, Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango
It also has brief notes on the following popular dances: Viennese Waltz and International Viennese Waltz (this also includes information on the International Council ruling as to what can be danced in competition)
At the back of the book, the following is also commented on: Paul Jones, Military Paul Jones, "Excuse Me" Dance, The Palais Glide, The Lambeth Walk, St. Bernards Waltz, Spot Dance
The book was originally published in 1936 and has been revised/re-issued to the point where it is now in its 9th Edition. The book features a foreword by Phillip JS Richardson, and has the most recent preface by Alex Moore, accompanied by the original preface.
The book has 324 pages, and is divided into 7 sections. Each section cosists of figures, each of which is broken down into Timing, Tempo, Basic Rhythms, Figures. The description are written for both Man and Lady, and to aid the learner there are 100 diagrams showing feet positiona and movements.
Do not be intimidated by the initial complexities of the book, as the author has also included a guide for all levels as to how to approach and tackle the content.
The book is supremely written, and has a much more personal feel that the official IDTA and ISTD technique books.Read more ›
Mr Moore commences his book with information on how to study the charts and gives brief examples of the rules of ballroom dancing. He then goes on to chart all the dance figures used in ballroom dancing(Quickstep, Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango) from the humble(but very relevant) beginner to the current world champions. Without this book dancing would be virtually non-existant
This book is vital for students of dancing as well as teachers who need to use it for further study and also for constant reference. It is definately a book that is ideal for "Learning for Life".
Consequently, it is a very authoritive book, more suited to reference and advanced study than for learning dance steps.
The book itself is probably the best to learn the basics of ballroom (note - Latin American is not included). It has comprehensive but simple to understand diagrams of all the basic steps, with attached write-ups of the rise and fall, line of dance, etc. It served me well when I first used it, and it was a first step to me competing with varying degrees of success in various South African ballroom dancing competitions.
It does not claim to be for the advanced dancer, and only describes the basics; but this is where every beginner (or in my case - returner) should place emphasis. If one wants to learn more advanced routines them a dance studio is the best.
The photos in the book are of Bill and Bobbie Irvine who were World Champions so many times. They would not have allowed their photos to appear in just any book, so they must have judged this one to be among the best. And Alex Moore was the Len Goodman of his day.
I thoroughly reccommend this book to everyone who wants to look good on the dance floor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the most up-to-date technical reference of the five standard dances (Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Quickstep), as recognised by the governing bodies of the sport,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by dormouse
currently dancing for 1 year so this is very helpful since reading it, unfortunately if you are new to the subject, you may not have realized the book DOES NOT cover, Cha Cha or... Read morePublished 17 months ago by daniel currie
Although I needed dance lessons with a dance school, this book helps me to understand the difference between "Impetus and Telemark" I love it.Published 18 months ago by Lizbeth
Excellent book for the serious dancer but unfortunately does not include a complete list of stepsPublished 20 months ago by Mick Redman