Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living 1st Edition
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About the Author
Richard became a full-time instructor at Stanford University’s Dance Division, joining the faculty in 1992. He was selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford University’s most notable graduates of its first century, and was awarded the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for distinctive and exceptional contributions to education at Stanford University.
Richard has choreographed for dozens of stage productions, including Broadway and off-Broadway, and for films and television. He has taught over five hundred dance workshops across the U.S. and abroad.
Nick Enge graduated from Stanford University with a bachelors in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering and a masters in Earth Systems. At Stanford, in addition to his ecological interests, he developed a passion for social dancing, psychology, and writing.
Over the past five years, Nick has served as a course developer and teaching assistant for more than twenty-five iterations of ten different courses at Stanford, including Valuescience, Public Speaking, Electric Automobiles and Aircraft, and Energy Efficient Buildings.
Although he only began taking Richard’s social dance classes in 2011, he is now a frequent instructor at Friday Night Waltz, and a substitute teacher for Richard when he travels. Nick served as a chair of Stanford’s 36th Annual Viennese Ball in 2013, and is currently a choreographer for the Opening waltz and polka for the 37th Annual Viennese Ball.
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It is an ideal book for every dancer's library. Even though I have read it, I can still pick it up and open it to any page and get something from it. The only issue I have is that it could do with more images when talking abut figures. However, the other aspects of this book are so valuable and rare that this not a real issue.
It will not provide an exact description of what dance is; it focuses more on the diversity of how dance can be approached. However, after reading this, I now feel much more confident in saying what I want for dance, knowing what dance is and how to get the most from it. Every dancer should at least read this book once.
Some of the interesting things I got from this book:
*The difference between dance-sport, social dance and performance dance
*That there are so many Waltzs (even one done to 7/4 timing)
*Why we have routines at all
*When and why leading and follow took on stricter definitions