- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Greenwood (7 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0313375178
- ISBN-13: 978-0313375170
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Swing Dancing (The American Dance Floor) Hardcover – 7 Apr 2011
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About the Author
Tamara Stevens is a swing dance performance and instructor who co-owns and operates the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA) in Pasadena, CA, where she teaches all styles of American Social dance. Erin Stevens is co-owner of the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA) and is credited with bringing legendary Lindy Hopper dancer Frankie Manning out of retirement in the mid-1980s, thus re-igniting his swing dance career.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Stevens book is both informative as well as entertaining. Learning about the roots of the dance, how it evolved from each musical progression, and how a few people resurrected it in the eighties and nineties, giving it new breath and a life that will surely take it to the next several generations.
Stevens includes many anecdotes from the legendary dancers Frankie Manning and Norma Miller, as well as Dean Collins, Jean Veloz and many more, too numerous to count. Her personal interviews as well as research has created a handy book for historians and novice enthusiasts alike.
It is a great book that every swing dance enthusiast should buy and keep in their library.
It is a fast and enjoyable read although there are times when it just lists just facts which can be tedious, boring reading.
Overall, it's a good job by the Stevens' sisters who brought to life a book a history book that cannot be found elsewhere.