Top 10 Books about Ballroom Dancing

 

Ballroom Dancing is a type of couple dance, which is famous across the globe. It came into existence long back in the 16th century. It is a part of various competitions and social gatherings too. From ‘Dirty Dancing’ to ‘La La Land’, ballroom style has emerged as one of the most followed dance styles in Hollywood too. The best books about ballroom dance, its various styles and techniques are mentioned below.

 

Ballroom Dance & Glamour

Written by the esteemed anthropologist and world-famous ballroom dancer, Jonathan S. Marion, this book gives us an outlook of competitive nature of ballroom dance in today’s era. It is based on lots of research in this field and showcases various visuals and narrations to illuminate the beauty, skill, and mechanism of this sport.

Read it For:
An insight into ballroom dancing, having its history and all the relative techniques.
Don't Read it For:
Slow at some points of narration.
What makes this book stand out?:
With the beautiful photographs and commentary, you are bound to like this ballroom-enthusiast book.

The Ballroom Class

Authored by Lucy Dillon, this book is a work of fiction. Its story revolves around three couples who want to do better in their lives. The first is Lauren and Chris, who are getting married, the second is her parents who keep an eye on her and the third is Katie and Ross, who are looking for some comeback to their fading love situation. These three attend the ballroom class, and the story is set there.

Read it For:
A heartwarming and entertaining read that is a must for all dancing enthusiasts. Indeed, it is the ultimate ballroom dance book.
Don't Read it For:
More tended towards femininity.
What makes this book stand out?:
The characters have woven out well, and the setting of Longhampton supports their glamour world. Storyline crafted well

Ballroom Dancing

Currently in its 10th edition, written by Alex Moore, this book is the complete book of ballroom dancing. It has been written as a guide, including all the major ballroom styles and the ways to do it both from a male as well as female’s perspective.

Read it For:
The techniques mentioned in this book are widely used all around the world.
Don't Read it For:
Might not be very suitable for beginners of ballroom
What makes this book stand out?:
The imageries and visuals make it simple for understanding every technique mentioned.

Gotta Ballroom Dance

This book, written by Christine Zona, has all the necessary elements for a beginner to get expert at this genre of dancing. It tells us about the origins and evolution of ballroom dancing, types of music and tempos for it, as well as an instructional book and a DVD. It also contains a complimentary guide for the dancers to catch the beat of the music.

Read it For:
The comprehensive nature of this book which is suitable for all types of dancers whether amateurs or professionals.
Don't Read it For:
Few techniques don’t have the necessary ways to implement them.
What makes this book stand out?:
The amount of coverage of lessons and instructions is what makes this book outstanding
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Learn Ballroom Dancing: Teach Yourself

Written by Craig Revel Horwood, this book is an entire instruction set for all professional or budding ballroom dancers. Craig has presented all the moves in a fun and easy-to-understand way. Techniques like Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango have a detailed description and know-how. Craig motivates you to practice with some helpful tips making learning part a bit easier.

Read it For:
From knowing what costume to wear to the exact steps of each dance forms, this book has it all. It can be called the ballroom dance technique book.
Don't Read it For:
Few diagrams might make it difficult for the beginners.
What makes this book stand out?:
Easy and fun to read. The helpful teacher, Craig makes it much more interesting.

Modern Ballroom Dancing

Written by Victor Silvester, it outlines each and every step you require to make masterful moves. The author has beautifully etched out the how-to of major dancing forms and also their advent from the old times. He has also told us the way it was before in the old times.

Read it For:
A modern guide to the old-school and Latin dance types. Practical guidance for the mentioned techniques makes it worth a read.
Don't Read it For:
Some parts are a bit technical for the beginner dancer.
What makes this book stand out?:
Aimed at all dancers to learn this particular form. Also, the before and after illustration of the techniques makes it stand out

Anton’s Dance Class with DVD

This book written by Anton du Beke (as mentioned in the title), is truly a gift for the passionate ballroom dancer. Apart from all the basic steps it has mentioned, it also takes a step further. It shows and tells us the ways of creating an emotional connection with our partners and making the move near to perfect. It contains all the Ballroom as well as Latin dance techniques.

Read it For:
According to critics, it is ‘the ultimate ballroom dance book’. The step-by-step instructions make it like as we are dancing with Anton.
Don't Read it For:
Some information seems out of place.
What makes this book stand out?:
For creating our dance moves as well as driving out imperfections in our act.

Learn the Essential Sequence Dances

Written by Thomas Alan Whitworth and illustrated by Les Barton, this book is technical manual for those learning ballroom dancing. The first section teaches us to read the dance scripts and various abbreviations involved with it. It has scripts of more than 30 dance performances along with their notes on the same. The last section explains us a bit of sequence dancing.

Read it For:
A handy book to understand how the process of a dance performance went. Easy to learn the simple dances mentioned.
Don't Read it For:
Some advanced styles are not so well detailed out, so there might be some ambiguity.
What makes this book stand out?:
The technical and teaching nature of this book.

Dance Class

Written by Paul Bottomer, this book is a compilation of over 200 dance moves from around 20 styles, along with the right approach for doing them. It is an underrated book because unlike other books it has the correct procedure of even the most demanding forms of dance

Read it For:
One of the best books about ballroom dancing. The illustrations are so well created that it is effortless for even a layman to understand them.
Don't Read it For:
Not precisely for expert dancers.
What makes this book stand out?:
It gives much more steps than any other ballroom dancing book.

Ballroom Dancing

Written by Lyndon Wainwright, this book explores all the popular dances in a chapter each. Foot diagrams, step-by-step instructions make it much easier to follow and crack. Also, it also follows the origins of these dance styles and their dress codes plus a directory of dance schools.

Read it For:
A very useful aid for remembering the techniques that are being learned.
Don't Read it For:
Some foot positions are not easy to understand.
What makes this book stand out?:
Only book you require to master ballroom from the start until the end.

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