Books about dancing
Parts of this compilation of books on dancing have been assembled by
Mark Balzer. Many of these books are out of print; I recommend searching
for them on http://www.bookfinder.com/.
Web sites where you can find dance books:
Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango
- The Ballroom Technique All figures broken down step by step in tabular
form. This is the official book for ISTD examinations. (Intl. Style) (This
is the successor to the now out of print Revised Technique of Ballroom
Dancing by Alex Moore)
- Alex Moore
- Ballroom Dancing 9th edition (1986, A&C Black, London. ISBN 0-7136-2794-8)
An excellent book for all types of dancers; many tips and instructions.
Figures broken down step by step in tabular form and with footprint charts.
This book also includes the Viennese Waltz. (Intl. Style)
- Guy Howard
- Technique of Ballroom Dancing. (1992, ISBN No. 0 900326 19 0) All figures
broken down step by step in tabular form. Charts are more readable than
ISTD books. IDTA syllabus. (Intl. Style)
- Frank Borrows
- The revised technique of modern ballroom dancing explained, publ: Altrincham,
Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, Paso
- Revised Technique of Latin American Dancing. All figures broken down
step by step in tabular form. Official book for ISTD examinations. (Intl.
- Walter Laird
- Technique of Latin Dancing. (1992 Walter Laird, ISBN 0 900326 21 2)
All figures broken down step by step in tabular form. Charts are more readable
than ISTD books. IDTA syllabus. (Intl. Style)
- Popular Variations In Latin American Dancing. edited by Elizabeth Romain,
ISTD, 1982 Advanced variations and amalgamations for competition dancing.
American Style Syllabi
The NDCA sells books with the bronze and silver american style ballroom
and latin. Contact: Ms Joy Edwards NDCA Publications Director 407 Mill Street
SE Vienna, Virginia 22180 (703) 242-2569
General ballroom and social dance books
- The Complete Book of Ballroom Dancing by
Richard M. Stephenson and Joseph Jaccarino
- Introduction to American Style ballroom dancing, including Bossa Nova,
Merengue, Polka and Hustle. Step descriptions and photo's. What sets this
book apart is a decent and well documented history of ballroom dancing,
covering the 19th and early 20th century.Get
this book from Amazon.
- Elizabeth Romain, Flick Colby: Let's Go Dancing
- Foreword by Dennis Rogers (pres. of US Imperial Society of Teachers
of Dancing) 1979 Octopus Books Ltd 59 Grosvenor St. London W1 ISBN 0 7064
0965 5 Disco Dancing section (only contains pictures): hustle rock & roll
(one step they call the lindy hop...) stroll twist shimmy frug monkey jerk
hitchhiker pony swim bump. Contains large drawings of body, and footsteps
(for Leader, Follower) along with text for: Tango, Waltz, Jive, Foxtrot,
Quickstep, Chachacha, Samba, Rumba, Pasa doble
- Bryan Allen and Victor Sylvester Modern Ballroom Dancing
- (1993, Trafalgar Square Publishing, Vermont, ISBN 0-943955-77-7, $19.95)
Good book for beginners, detailed description and footprints. Covers Smooth
and Latin. Interesting section of dance history.Get
this book from Amazon.
- Walter Laird. The Ballroom Dance Pack
- (Published in the USA by Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 95 Madison
Ave., New York, NY l00l6, $24.95 plus tax) The book presents helpful learning
hints for beginners, in the Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Cha Cha, Samba and
Rumba. They refer to this book as a "pack" since it includes
"Step Cards, Foot Templates and a Compact Disc" with good strict
tempo dance music available for both learning and dancing International
- Teach Yourself Series: Ballroom Dancing
- (the Imperial Society of Dancing) ISBN 0-8442-3908-9 NTC Publishing
Group Ballroom Dances: Waltz, Social Foxtrot, Social Quickstep, Quickstep,
Quick Waltz, Tango Latin: Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Mambo, Bossa
Nova, Merengue, Paso Doble Rock & Roll, Disco _Freestyle_ Dances List of
Organizations Worldwide (List of steps per Figure (man, woman); approx
5 Figures per dance)
- Much ado about ballroom dancing.
- Ballroom& Back (Notebook & Cassette) - $40.00 Teachers Introductory
Handbook - $10.00 Teachers Workbook Dance Terminology Notebook - $35.00
available from: Golden State Dance Teachers Association, Inc. (President:
Skippy Blair) 10804 Woodruf Downey, CA 90241 USA Phone: (310)869-8949,
Fax: (310)862-7129 $4.25 Shipping & Handling for first item - $2.00 each
- Carter Lovisone The Disco Hustle
- Step by step instruction in Line Hustle, Latin Hustle and Street Hustle.
Six photos and text per page, with one photo per step in each figure. Brief
history of Hustle. 1979, Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. ISBN 0-8069-8838-X
- Cha-cha, rumba
- Guy Barry How to Dance the Cha Cha Cha
- (1957, pub. by Frederick Fell Inc.) Written by the man who originated
and introduced the cha-cha cha to the USA from Cuba. -
- Guy Barry How to Dance the Rumba
- (1953, pub. by Dover Publications) American Rumba figures - Pearlroth,
Jonathan. Lambada! 63 p., ill. Published by Dell Publishing, New York,
N.Y., 1990 ISBN: 0440503469
- !Salsa! Havana Heat: Bronx beat Hernando Calvo Ospina
- Translator: Nick Caistor ISBN 0 906156 98X Latin American Bureau Ltd,
1 Amwell St London, EC1R 1UL (1995) First published by EPO, Antwerp, 1992,
as Salsa: 500 jaar optimisme, liefde en ritme.
- See the Swing
- See the Tango page.
- Night work
- A collection of writings about Waltz; order through the web site at
History and Biography
- The Dancing Years, Bill and Bobby Irvine
- W.H. Allen, London 1970. ISBN 0 491 00144 4. Auto-biographical account
of this couple who reigned supreme throughout the 1960s.
- My Husband, Arthur Murray, Kathyn Murray with Betty Hannah Hoffman
- Simon and Schuster, New York 1960. Account of the dance and business
partnership of Arthur and Kathryn Murray, their studio,
tv show, and the influence on the development of ballroom dance that AM
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