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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Exotic and Pole Dancing Illustrated Paperback – January 2, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; Pap/DVD edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592575609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592575602
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendy Reardon, former model, Hollywood casting director, and TV producer, began her exotic dancing career at Snooky’s, the infamous chain of West Coast men’s clubs. After financing her Master’s degree in Medieval History by dancing in London clubs, she moved back to America and founded Gypsy Rose Exotic and Pole Dancing for Real Women, an instructional center and party company that teaches nonprofessionals the skills of exotic dancing. She’s been featured in various publications and many television and radio shows.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Pole Dance on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a great reference manual. As a pole instructor - I focus more on tricks than dance, fitness vs. sensuality - I did find a few things in this book I would like to add to my warm ups.

I've never been an exotic dancer a day in my life so I cannot comment on other sections beyond the pole. I thought the lapdance and chair sections looked fun.

This book is easy to follow and understand. I think some of the movement is "over done" and far too dramatic but (hey what do I know? I'm a pole monkey) if you want a book to learn to be "sexy" for your hubby then this a great book full of all sorts of ideas and easy to follow choreography.

This is a good broad spectrum book about exotic dance. I would suggest buying it and looking through it if you are considering taking any pole fitness/dance or exotic type dance classes to see how you feel. It's easy sometimes to feel a little silly doing hip circles and rolls in class with a bunch of other women (but it gets very fun and silly!)

I really am enjoying this read, the anecdotes are funny, the music list is great, this book is just full of all sorts of cute little ideas. The instruction really is easy to follow - this is the main thing that I liked about it.

If you are looking for any type of advanced instruction this book is not for you. The most advanced this book gets is basic inversion. If you are an advanced pole dancer looking to be an instructor, this is a good read for you. You'll want to pay attention to the breakdowns of the moves and the sequences she explains them in. If you've never been an exotic dancer and want to teach, this is a great book about sensual movement - if that's the type of classes you would like to teach.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Murphy on March 19, 2007
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I have purchased more than a few D.V.D.'s on stripping(books as well) and I have to say this is by far the best I've seen.

Stripping,lapdancing,polework and even (So Awesome!!!)chair dancing!!! The chairdancing and lapdancing instructions are worth the price of the book alone:)

There is really so much info,ideas and tips it will keep you inspired for years. At least!

The instruction in book and D.V.D. are very clear. You know exactly how to perform each move. No geussing.

Also,on my stupid moves meter from 0 to 10 this rates 0. Everything is very useable and sexy.

I've purchased at least 2 d.v.d.'s which scored high on the stupid moves meter and I really wished I hadn't purchased 'em.

This along with the S Factor book and d.v.d.'s are the only ones you will need. Lots of stuff to play with.

Anyway, Love this book/d.v.d. I would highly recommend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Carnes on May 14, 2007
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Wow, this book is a steal for $20. You get a well-written, thoroughly entertaining and funny book loaded with creative ideas, suggestions and advice- plus a DVD with examples of what you see in the book. It's a great deal. Not to mention the author really knows her stuff.

I love her comfortable approach, helping reduce anxiety over dancing "dirty," etc. As a former stripper, I find that many many women want to learn how to strip/lapdance/pole dance but are afraid of the social consequences, so I adore her reassurance throughout: this is fun, this is good exercise, this is for you and let no one make you feel any shame about being a sexy goddess. Amen, sister. Also emphasizes imperfect bodies and how to make your "imperfections" work to your advantage and learn to embrace them. Required reading for all shy violets and anyone who has ever said, "I'm too ___ to be a sexy dancer/stripper/etc."

Very highly recommended if you don't have a pole, if you just want some sexy moves to impress your partner or just look hot in front of your mirror at home. Also recommended if you have just invested in a pole and want a place to start that's basic and yet, provides room to grow. A masterpiece, a bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookista on March 21, 2011
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First off the book itself has the price on it listed as U.S.24.95 so I don't know why the book is selling at $148. It's the most ridiculous thing I have ever read and my friends agree. I have taken pole and exotic dance for over a year and was hoping to learn more or perfect some techniques, the reviews I read and the price inclined me to believe this was such a book. Instead I got a book with about 8 pole moves in it and some awful pictures that I don't see how any woman looking at them or trying to imitate them would make her feel sexy. The first part of the book tells you to cover up your flaws and offers poor advice on "sexy" makeup. Then proceeds to again more photos of awkward hand poses, and ugly looking floor and chair work. Another flaw of the pole section is the names she uses for the moves, she decides to name them after her instructors... Pole moves have actual names and if you wanted to look up a move or tell an actual instructor what you've learned, the Jo-Jo upside down swing isn't anything. After the small pole section, where again you don't really learn what to do and the photos offer no help the last two sections of the book are about how to throw a showcase of your moves with your friends, but how not to tick off your friends by dancing with their boyfriends or husbands. It's ridiculous, and the little tips or quotes from students or friends offer no insight into the pole dancing/exotic world and often state that "men are simple" and "it doesn't matter what you do really, he isn't paying attention to your dancing." Overall a very disappointing book, me and my friends agree it's useless and was a waste of money.
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