Complete Idiot's Guide to Ballroom Dancing

ISBN-10: 1592575773

ISBN-13: 9781592575770

Edition: 2nd 2006

Authors: Jeff Allen
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 1.672

Before the Ball
Past Ballroom Dancing Expressions: From the Renaissance to the Age of Reform
The Renaissance Sets the Stage
The First True "Dancing Queen"
The Dance Masters Create the Roots for Ballet
The Scandalous Waltz
Age of Reform: Queen Victoria (Reign 1837-1901)
Waltzing to America
Modern Ballroom Dancing Expressions: From 1900 to the Present
1900: The Creature Dances
1910: The Castles
Argentina's Influence
Cuba's Influence
1920s: The Radio and the Phonograph
1930s: America Cuts a Rug
1940s: The Latin Beat and World War II
1950s: The Rock and Roll Invasion
1960s: Solo Dancing
1970s: Disco and the Hustle
1980s: The Reagan Era
1990s to the Present
What Makes Us Dance
Mysterious Instinctual Desire
Yes, Survival
Clocks and Calendars
Boys Will Be Boys
Different yet the Same
The Stage Is Set
Why Men Dance
Good Dancing Will Get the Girl
You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Can't Make Him Drink
He Can't Dance, Has No Rhythm-Ridiculous
Why Women Dance
If Music Be the Food of Love...Play On
Desire and Romance
Deepening Relationships with Dance
Approaching Social and Physical Equality
A New Type of Foreplay
Dancing Through Your Big Day
The Magic of the First Dance
Highlight or Low Light
The Penguin Shuffle
The Perfect Song
How Soon Is Soon Enough?
Is There Any Hope for Me?
Learning Curves Are Unique
Give the Guy an Even Break
Keep the Moment Brief and Let the Magic Last
Funny, on the Way to Their Wedding, We Learned How to Dance
The Groom Presents His Bride
Recommended Timelines for the Wedding Dance Scenario
Before Your Ball
Lifestyles Improve Socially, Psychologically, and Physically
No Longer a Couch Potato, Your Dance Card Is Full
Come Celebrate with Us
The Nightlife Beckons; There Is Something for Everyone
Here Is Where the Dancers Go
The Love Boat and Hernando's Hideaway
Politically Correct
Viva la Familla-Long Live the Family
Poise and Power Meet Elegance and Romance
The Mayo Clinic Loves Ballroom Dancing
Quality Movement Becomes a Lifestyle
Portraying a Better Image
Everyone Can Benefit from Reduced Stress
Let's Get Physical...with Nonmovement Activity
The Challenges of Ballroom Dancing
From Jalopy to Ferrari
Breathe Better for Effective Dancing
Whatever Goes Up Wants to Come Down
The Suitcase Method
What Is a Dance Step?
The Body Is First
It All Begins with Your Body and Ends with a Free Foot
"The Dynamic Duo" Legs in Action
Impact and Correction
Compression and Leg Swing
Patience and Kindness Are Virtues
Music and More Music: About the Music on Your DVD
Your Music for Dancing
Standardization = Acceptance
Waltz
Foxtrot
Tango
Viennese Waltz
Rumba
Merengue
Samba
Cha-Cha
Mambo
East Coast Swing
Hustle
Timing and Rhythm for the Layperson
Music and You
Let's Take a Break from Music
Gardening for Rhythm and Timing
Digging the Beat
The Same Thing over and over Again
Time Has a Signature
Slows and Quicks
Stressful? Not Really
Using the Time to Count Time
Listening and Learning
The Plain Truth About Practicing, Expectations, and Prioritization
The Three Ps of Dancing
The Pupil
The Pupil's Practice
The Pupil's Performance
Some Space to Dance
Consider the Surface
Give Yourself a Good Look
Suit Up and Hoofs On
Attitude Is Food for Your Muscles
A Fresh Step
Gearing Up for Practice
The Next Big Dance Step
Two Become One: Creating the Dance Couple
The Quickstart Program Progressive Movements
Simple but Very Necessary
Forward
Straight Line, Due North, Twelve O'Clock
Forward by the Book
Backward as If You Were Blindfolded
Straight Line, Due South, Six O'Clock
Backward by the Book
"Perfect Practice Makes Perfect"
Sideways: The Third and Last Linear Direction
Choreographed Routine
The Quickstart Program Nonprogressive Movements
Your First Real Dance Step
The Common Denominator of Ballroom Dancing
Closing Actions in the Smooth Dances
Stay in Time
The Box Step Is Your Trailblazer
The Forward Half Box Step-Development Exercise
The Backward Half Box Step-Development Exercise
Dance Positions with Your Partner
Let's Get Close and Physical
Contact Points for the Hands and Arms
One Last Word
Promenade Position
Positioning
Contact Points
The Wedding Dip
The Interactions of the Dance Couple
Leading and Following
Use of the Hands and Arms
Shoulders Relate to Your Ribcage
Comfort in Holding Hands
Leading Rotation
Body Torque and Contrary Body Movement (CBM)
Body Torque Influences Your Direction
"Step, Then Turn"
No Overpowering the Turn
The Time to Lead Rotation-"As the Knees Pass"
Ladies, Just for You-When to Follow
Foot Position in CBMP
Inside and Outside of a Turn
Magic Part of the Foot
Knee Veer
Sway
Fred and Ginger Here We Come: The Smooth Dances
Your Best Directions
Diagram of Line of Dance
Description of Line of Dance
Why We Use Line of Dance
How We Use Line of Dance
Common Courtesies on the Dance Floor
Dealing With a Congested Floor
Waltz
Box with Underarm Turn
Gentleman's Part: Box with Underarm Turn
Lady's Part: Box with Underarm Turn
Balance Steps-Forward and Back, Side (Fifth-Position Breaks)
Gentleman's Part: Balance Steps
Lady's Part: Balance Steps
Simple Twinkle
Gentleman's Part: Simple Twinkle
Lady's Part: Simple Twinkle
Progressive
Gentleman's Part: Progressive
Lady's Part: Progressive
Box Turn-1/4 Turn to Left (Counterclockwise)
Gentleman's Part: Left-Turning Box
Lady's Part: Left-Turning Box
Box Turn-1/4 to Right (Clockwise)
Gentleman's Part: Right-Turning Box
Lady's Part: Right-Turning Box
Choreographed Routine: Waltz Routine
Foxtrot
Rise and Fall with Rhythm
The Basic: Key Timing
Gentleman's Part: The Basic
Lady's Part: The Basic
Left Box Turn (Counterclockwise)-Box Rhythm
Gentleman's Part: Left Box Turn
Lady's Part: Left Box Turn
Rock Turn to Left: Key Rhythm
Gentleman's Part: Rock Turn to Left
Lady's Part: Rock Turn to Left
Sway Step: Key Rhythm
Gentleman's Part: Sway Step
Lady's Part: Sway Step
Simple Twinkle: Box Rhythm
Gentleman's Part: Simple Twinkle
Lady's Part: Simple Twinkle
Promenade: Key Rhythm
Gentleman's Part: Promenade
Lady's Part: Promenade
Zig Zag in Line: Key Rhythm
Gentleman's Part: Zig Zag
Lady's Part: Zig Zag
Choreographed Routine: Emergency Wedding Routine
Choreographed Routine: Nightclub Pattern (or Nowhere to Go)
Choreographed Routine: Foxtrot Routine
Tango
Adding the Special Touches to Your Tango
A Counting Pattern Just for Fun
Good Habit, Good Posture
Framing Snuggles Up a Bit Closer
Negotiating Curving Walks
Developing the Tango Atmosphere
Foot Placement: Strange but True
Basic Straight
Gentleman's Part: Basic Straight
Lady's Part: Basic Straight
Basic Circular
Gentleman's Part: Basic Circular
Lady's Part: Basic Circular
Promenade Turning Left
Gentleman's Part: Promenade Turning Left
Lady's Part: Promenade Turning Left
Promenade Turning Right
Gentleman's Part: Promenade Turning Right
Lady's Part: Promenade Turning Right
Corte-Single
Gentleman's Part: Corte-Single
Lady's Part: Corte-Single
Choreographed Routine: Tango Routine
Viennese Waltz
Details, Details-or Dealing with Speed
Balance Steps-Forward and Back, Side
Gentleman's Part: Balance Steps
Lady's Part: Balance Steps
Left Turn-Your Hardest Step!
Gentleman's Part: Left Turn
Lady's Part: Left Turn
Forward Progressive Changes
Gentleman's Part: Progressive
Lady's Part: Progressive
Right Turn
Gentleman's Part: Right Turn
Lady's Part: Right Turn
Curtsy and Bow (Used Only to Start the Dance)
Gentleman's Part: Curtsy and Bow
Lady's Part: Curtsy and Bow
Choreographed Routine: Viennese Waltz Routine
This Stuff's Hot and Spicy and Real Cool, "Daddy-O"
Rumba
Side Basic
Gentleman's Part: Side Basic
Lady's Part: Side Basic
Fifth Position
Gentleman's Part: Fifth Position
Lady's Part: Fifth Position
Box Step Turning
Gentleman's Part: Box Step Turning
Lady's Part: Box Step Turning
Cross Body Lead
Gentleman's Part: Cross Body Lead
Lady's Part: Cross Body Lead
Outside Partner
Gentleman's Part: Outside Partner
Lady's Part: Outside Partner
Choreographed Routine: Rumba Routine
Merengue
Basic to Side
Gentleman's Part: Basic to Side
Lady's Part: Basic to Side
Nightclub Basic Left Turn
Gentleman's Part: Nightclub Basic Left Turn
Lady's Part: Nightclub Basic Left Turn
Merengue Box Step
Gentleman's Part: Merengue Box Step
Lady's Part: Merengue Box Step
Side Breaks
Gentleman's Part: Side Breaks
Lady's Part: Side Breaks
Arm Slide
Gentleman's Part: Arm Slide
Lady's Part: Arm Slide
Practice Routine: Merengue Routine
Samba
Forward and Back Basic
Gentleman's Part: Forward and Back Basic
Lady's Part: Forward and Back Basic
Side-to-Side Basic
Gentleman's Part: Side-to-Side Basic
Lady's Part: Side-to-Side Basic
Fifth Position
Gentleman's Part: Fifth Position
Lady's Part: Fifth Position
The Box
Gentleman's Part: The Box
Lady's Part: The Box
Extended Box
Gentleman's Part: Extended Box
Lady's Part: Extended Box
Practice Routine: Samba Routine
Cha-Cha
Basic in Place-Nightclub Style
Gentleman's Basic in Place
Lady's Part: Basic in Place
Cha-Cha Side Basic
Gentleman's Cha-Cha Side Basic
Lady's Part: Cha-Cha Side Basic
Progressive Cha-Cha Basic
Gentleman's Progressive Cha-Cha Basic
Lady's Part: Progressive Cha-Cha Basic
Outside Partner
Gentleman's Outside Partner
Lady's Part: Outside Partner
Crossover Break with Spot Turn
Gentleman's Crossover Break
Lady's Part: Crossover Break
Choreographed Routine: Cha-Cha Routine
Mambo
A Different Start
Forward and Back Basic
Gentleman's Part: Forward and Back Basic
Lady's Part: Forward and Back Basic
Side Breaks
Gentleman's Part: Side Breaks
Lady's Part: Side Breaks
Side Breaks and Cross
Gentleman's Part: Side Breaks and Cross
Lady's Part: Side Breaks and Cross
Cross Body Lead
Gentleman's Part: Cross Body Lead
Lady's Part: Cross Body Lead
Open Break Underarm Turn
Gentleman's Part: Open Break Underarm Turn
Lady's Part: Open Break Underarm Turn
Choreographed Routine: Mambo Routine
East Coast Swing
Quickstart to Swing's Unit Method for Easy Learning
Gentleman's Part: East Coast Swing
Lady's Part: East Coast Swing
1st Unit Swing Technique
2nd Unit Swing Technique
Muscles and Joints Are Key to Good Swing Dancing
3rd Unit: The Swing Technique (Rock)
Closed Basic in Promenade Position
Gentleman's Part: Closed Basic in Promenade Position
Lady's Part: Closed Basic in Promenade Position
Outside (Arch) Turn from Closed Promenade Position to Finish in Open Facing Position
Gentleman's Part: Outside (Arch) Turn from Closed Promenade Position to Finish in Open Facing Position
Lady's Part: Outside (Arch) Turn from Closed Promenade Position to Finish in Open Facing Position
The Basic Figure in Open Facing Position
Gentleman's Part: The Basic Figure in Open Facing Position
Lady's Part: The Basic Figure in Open Facing Position
Inside Turn (Loop Turn) from Open Facing Position Finishing in Open Facing Position
Gentleman's Part: Inside Turn (Loop Turn) from Open Facing Position Finishing in Open Facing Position
Lady's Part: Inside Turn (Loop Turn) from Open Facing Position Finishing in Open Facing Position
Leader's Underarm Turn from Open Facing Position to Closed Promenade Position
Gentleman's Part: Leader's Underarm Turn from Open Facing Position to Closed Promenade Position
Lady's Part: Leader's Underarm Turn from Open Facing Position to Closed Promenade Position
Choreographed Routine: Swing Routine
Hustle
Hustling the Technique
Connecting with the Rhythm
Let's Get the "Disco Action" from Your Legs
"Magic Part of the Foot"
Remember Jeff's Nickname-"Off the Floor!"
Basic (Slotted) Right Turn
Gentleman's Part: Basic (Slotted) Right Turn
Lady's Part: Basic (Slotted) Right Turn
Lady's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted)
Gentleman's Part: Lady's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted)
Lady's Part: Lady's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted)
Man's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted)
Gentleman's Part: Man's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted)
Lady's Part: Man's Left Underarm Turn (Slotted)
Open to Side Closed Position
Gentleman's Part: Open to Side Closed Position
Lady's Part: Open to Side Closed Position
Throw Out
Gentleman's Part: Throw Out
Lady's Part: Throw Out
Choreographed Routine: Hustle Routine
Appendixes
Glossary
Further Reading
Index
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