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by Victor Silvester

  • ISBN: 0091498015
  • Category: Photo and Art
  • Author: Victor Silvester
  • Subcategory: Performing Arts
  • Other formats: txt lrf mbr lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HUTCHINSON; 2Rev Ed edition (1982)
  • Pages: 249 pages
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  • Rating: 4.1
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Modern Ballroom Dancing: All the Steps You Need to Get You Dancing is an accurate title for a great little book. A dancer who studies and practices what this offers will indeed be dancing soon.

Modern Ballroom Dancing: All the Steps You Need to Get You Dancing is an accurate title for a great little book. It is good for steps but needs follow up with a coach for body positioning to help make the dancing more comfortable. I have found it a very useful book. However, this is not a book for a beginning dancer! The explanations and footwork patterns are detailed, but if you have no experience with ballroom dancing, the figures and explanations will mean very little to you. Some of the more complicated steps do not have foot diagrams, which would have been helpful.

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Victor Silvester, Modern Ballroom Dancing, London: Herbert Jenkins . Victor Silvester, Modern Ballroom Dancing: History and Practice. London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1977.

In the Second World War and after, there was some space given to such as samba, rumba, "rhythm dance" (a way for beginners to get round the ballroom) and "quick waltz" ( Viennese waltz). By 1977, the book included the full set of ten dances used in international competitions, plus rock n' roll and disco dance (brief notes only).

Silvester, V 1974, Modern Ballroom Dancing: History and Practice .

Silvester, V 1974, Modern Ballroom Dancing: History and Practice, Barrie & Jenkins, UK. Silvester, V 2005, Modern Ballroom Dancing, Trafalgar Square Publishing, USA. Snook, B 2004, Danc. ount me in, McGraw Hill, Sydney, Australia. Dance – Choreography Adshead, J 1987, Choreography Principles and Practice, NRCD, London, UK. Anderson Sofras, P 2006 Dance Composition Basics, Human Kinetics.

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Victor Silvester and His Ballroom Orch. Make Believe (. erlin), Odeon ca. 1937 -. Victor Marlborough Silvester, (1900 - 1978) was a English dancer, composer and dance band leader whose records sold 75 million copies from the 1930s through to the 1980s, and a significant figure in the development of ballroom dance during the first half of the 20th century. Silvester was born the second son of a vicar in Wembley, Middlesex.


Reviews about Modern Ballroom Dancing: History and Practice (7):
Marinara
First, this book on international style will never replace a teacher. If you want to learn international style, give yourself about a year with a private teacher. If you're a couple, figure 2 years. It is impossible to learn to dance from a book. Footsteps show alignment only. Books do not teach technique, and international style is all about technique. If you want to learn to dance socially, take private ballroom dance lessons with a good studio. This book is not for you.
A piece of advice, Forget about group lessons. No one learns to dance in a group.

This book is very clear and written for someone who knows how to dance.

Last, you need to learn amalgamations, i.e., continuity. Learning one step at a time doesn't work. This book will tell you which figure precedes or follows a given figure.
Ceck
Modern Ballroom Dancing: All the Steps You Need to Get You Dancing is an accurate title for a great little book. A dancer who studies and practices what this offers will indeed be dancing soon. It is good for steps but needs follow up with a coach for body positioning to help make the dancing more comfortable.
Winawel
I purchased this book to compliment my dance instruction. Being that I take lessons in Japan, I needed a book, in English, which would reinforce and further explain what was being taught to me in class. I have found it a very useful book. However, this is not a book for a beginning dancer! The explanations and footwork patterns are detailed, but if you have no experience with ballroom dancing, the figures and explanations will mean very little to you.
Some of the more complicated steps do not have foot diagrams, which would have been helpful. All and all, an excellent book!
Moswyn
This is a good book to summarize all steps for many popular dances. My only problem is it does not have step graph for every steps. Only about half of them are illustrated. One step graph wins thousands of words.
Xal
I have both the Victor Silvester book and Alex Moore's ISTD ballroom manual. I personally find the ISTD manual more compact, and a lot better organized. It is a little more expensive than Silvester, and it also has no pictures, but it is much more useful in my opinion.

The Victor Silvester book is a ballroom instructor's manual with pictures, and the reader's understanding of the material will be exponentially proportional to his prior experience. That is, the beginners will not find it useful at all, while the intermediate and advanced dancers will be able to learn quite a bit from it. The pictures and figures are more like eye candy, as they are taken from dance competitions. They are not used to illustrate the steps.

Although the book covers all ballroom steps from beginner to gold, it doesn't tell you which one is which. Also, it only covers up to latin bronze steps, and does not explain essential concepts such as Cuban motion and samba bounce. Unlike the other manuals, the Victor Silvester book also go over the basic steps for Viennese Waltz and (huh huh ...) disco. These steps are fairly basic. If the user are already at the level at which he can learn from the book, I doubt these steps would be too challenging.

Also, a word of warning for the prospective dancers. I have seen (and met) a lot of people who try to learn from the book directly, only to be discouraged by the less than desirable results. What a lot of these books won't tell you, or at least convey effectively, are the fundamental aspects of partnered dancing, such as posture, communication, movement, and body connections. These aspects have to be taught and shown by a qualified instructor, because these points can't simply be put in words and are fundamental to all partnered dancing.
Kefym
This is a pretty good book for anyone who's currently taking lessons in International-style dancing. It goes through all 10 dances used in International Rhythm and Smooth competition. The author presents about 12 or more variations in each dance. There are foot diagrams for about half the variations. He details the footwork (written), contrary body movement, timing, sway and amount of turn. All of the photos are of competitors at a dance event so they're not helpful if you're trying to learn how any figure looks. I don't think it's a book to buy if you're starting to learn how to dance but if you're already taking lessons, it's a good book to reinforce what you're learning. American-style is not covered at all.
Dark_Sun
I've been ballroom dancing for quite a while, and I bought this book in order to learn some more dance steps over and beyond the basics. I found the descriptions and diagrams IMPOSSIBLE to understand, and the steps I could figure out ended up being out of place among the steps that I usually dance. I think this book is only good if you're a dance teacher who is used to reading steps in a certain format and can translate them into motion. If you're a beginner, this book will do you NO GOOD!
MODERN BALLROOM DANCING has been valuable to me in improving my skills in those dances with which I was already familiar. The usefulness seemed to have been in direct proportion to what I knew before reading the book. It has not been very helpful in learning new dances.
The text includes several dazzling photos of competitive dancers in action.

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