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Much Ado About Ballroom Dancing

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0967990903
ISBN-10: 0967990904
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About the Author

Ronnen Levinson started ballroom dancing in 1990, and has been dancing about three nights a week ever since. He presided over the campus ballroom dance club at the University of California at Berkeley (the UC Ballroom Dancers) in 1995, where he compiled an extensive collection of ballroom dance music used for the club's workshops and for social dancing. In real life, he is a Ph.D. mechanical engineer in Berkeley, CA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Ronnen Levinson (February 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967990904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967990903
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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This short book is an excellent reference for beginning and intermediate dancers. While it does not contain dance steps, it does contain good information on dance floor etiquette, dance technique, and clothing. Most dance instructors will agree with the author. While the last part of the book on collecting and playing dance music will have limited appeal to the average dancer, the first part of the book contains lots of good practical information.
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I have come across many guides on dance steps, but never found a book quite like this that comprehensively covers all the other things that can make dancing so much more enjoyable. This book provides lots of useful tips and insights that allow the reader to avoid a number of the little mistakes that can add a degree of frustration to the process of becoming a social dancer. Skip the website and buy the book; the book has more information and doesn't require you to get online whenever you want to reference the content.
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I am an Intermediate Bronze ballroom dancer. I wanted a book that concentrated more on the etiquette of dancing and not the footsteps. This book provides it all in moderation very nicely. For example, what to wear, how to buy shoes, hygiene, how to stand, how to hold your partner...lots of personal details like that is what I wanted to know. I am lucky in that I have an excellent dance instructor. I don't want to look at dance diagrams. They are impossible to read anyway - it's like trying to take out your own appendix. The author showed some steps, but just a smattering to help you get more versions out of a dance. I was also curious about the type of music he would suggest, and was vastly relieved to see it wasn't all from The Lawrence Welk Show - but an excellent range of modern musicians, movie themes or songs from movies. This was a very user-friendly book for beginners. The writer's warm personality came through nicely and he obviously really loves to dance. I'm glad I bought it. My dance instructor asked to take it home to read after glancing through it for several minutes just before a lesson! I recommend it.
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By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a nifty little guide for the amateur social dancer that tell some things teachers don't mention. Much of the book is devoted to dance music and has a quick guide to the current music scene with some ready-made dance programs. The scope includes selections from soundtracks as diverse as "Alladin", "A River Runs Through It" and "Strictly Ballroom" as well as vocalists that run the gamut from Doris Day to Lyle Lovett!
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This is an excellent introduction for those interested in learning ballroom, particularly the first five sections of the book. The other sections probably won't be as useful to true beginners, but would be helpful for their teachers and more advanced students (addresses music selection for classes, etc.).
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