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on 18 March 2007
Oh dear! A classic example of a celebrity cashing in on his status. A major gripe with this book is that the author lacks any writing ability whatsoever and so makes up for it in the use of 'candy floss' gibberish. He constantly fills this book with useless and irritating waffle like a californian high school girl at a pyjama party which, for the beginner,just gets in the way of the learning experience. However, the book's death blow comes from the fact that the author has spent the bulk of his efforts concentrating upon describing the style of the dances. Aswell as dragging on a bit this excessive glamourisation is wasteful; What a beginner really needs is comprehensive faultless diagrammatical foot positioning of near mathmatical precision. Simply put he needs to know where his feet are supposed to be at any particular moment. This is certainly not what you get from this book. Far too few foot diagrams of figures (a figure being the grouping of a number of steps into a distinct pattern which bungled together with other figures in various ways forms a particular dance)and when they are there they don't seem to connect together (or the author just forgot to tell us how to do that) Guidance is also lacking on how to start the dances. What we have instead is Len (who appears to be a co-author of some sort) popping his head round the corner with extra useless stylistic tips delivered in rhyme (which only adds to the irritation.) In summary, there are far supperior books out there for beginners. Ps (don't be fooled by a flick-through which gives the book the appearance of being an idiot's guide which it most certainly is not. Pps The photographs of the couples at the start of the book were usefull in demonstrating the different holds (Even though greater use of close ups, particularly of where the hands go, could have been used.) However, The book's crammmed full of sequential photo's of couples performing various figures. One can imagine a video clip of this being useful but these sequential photo's tell the beginner absolutely nothing. As i said, style over substance.
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