Author: Sherry Helms
As dancing always takes place within specific historical and cultural milieu, different countries have their own dancing styles. Within a country exist multiple community having their own culture and form of dancing. So, there are wide variety of dance forms being performed in different parts of the world.
Since it is wise practice to go for a practical session with a theory book in order to ensure accuracy, a dancer should go through some well-written dance book(s)before gliding through the dance floor. Hence, today’s post is dedicated to the theorization of the different dance forms.
If we go on touching all the dance styles existing across the world, this post will take days and innumerous pages to be completed. And, subsequently, will become a boring read. Therefore, we’ve assembled below a small list of Dance Books, covering dance forms popular in the U.S. only.
Make your life as well as bookshelf livelier with the following Books on different Dance Forms well-practised and popular across the world.
Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which originated in the western world, and are enjoyed both socially and competitively throughout the world. One of the most entertaining and elite styles of dancing, ballroom dance is widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. This dance form is classified into variety of dancing styles based on different techniques that have been developed especially in America.
The two main classification of ballroom dancing are international standard and international Latin. The former category includes popular styles like Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and Quickstep. Further, Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive are the dances that falls in the former category.
Books that can help you learn your favorite style of Ballroom Dance are:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ballroom Dancing – Whatever be your ballroom dancing style, this book must come out to be of great help for you. Covering all the common ballroom dance forms, this comprehensive volume contains step-by-step photos, footwork illustrations, and fully written instructions to guide you. It comes with a 90-minute instructional DVD featuring award-winning dancer and dance instructor Jeff Allen. It corresponds with the text seamlessly, giving readers the next best thing to one-on-one instruction, at a fraction of the cost.
Gotta Ballroom – This is your guide to dancing the waltz, tango, foxtrot, and Viennese waltz. Master instructors and professional dancers Christine Zona and Chris George describe and demonstrate every movement, providing you with the skills you need to glide across the dance floor like a pro. Comes with a 64-minute DVD, this book provides specific instruction for social success with the four most popular American style ballroom dance styles. It gives details of the basic footwork, body positioning, timing, styling, transitions.
Latin Dance (The American Dance Floor) – Latin dance styles are among the most popular dance forms in America as they have had a widespread influence upon the development of other social dance styles in the United States.
This is the book that addresses every major style of Latin dance such as Salsa, Samba, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. Describing the basic steps that characterize these dance forms, the author explains the range of styles and expression to be found in Latin dances primarily within the context of couples social dancing, the popularity of salsa today, and the broader social meanings and implications of their multicultural origins from the 1600s to the present.
Ballet was first originated as a performance dance in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century, and which was further developed in France and Russia as a concert dance form. It is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. The most formal style of ballet is classical Ballet. This one of the most beautiful dance form can be best conceived through the following book:
The Ballet Companion: A Dancer’s Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet – A fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the Ballet dancers, this book offers practical advice for getting started, such as selecting a school, making the most of class, and studio etiquette. With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today’s dance student needs: explanations of ballet fundamentals and major training systems; an illustrated guidance for warm-up, barre, and center floor; guidelines for safe, healthy dancing through a sensible diet, injury prevention, and cross-training with yoga and Pilates.
Hip Hop Dancing
Rapping. Breakdancing. MCing. DJing. Beatboxing. Graffiti art. These are some of the most well-known artistic expressions spawned from hip hop culture, which has grown from an isolated inner-city subculture in the 1970s that later become a truly international and mainstream culture. This funky dance form has expanded its root in countries like Japan, France, Israel, Poland, Brazil, South Korea, and England. The most popular Hip Hop Dancing styles are: The Chicken Head, Flapping Your Wings, The Get Me Bodied Break Down, The Booty Bounce, Getting Light, etc. The following book would help you reaching at the core of this bouncing dance form.
Hip Hop Dance (The American Dance Floor) – This insightful book provides not only an overview of hip hop’s distinctive dance style and steps, but also a historic overview of hip hop’s roots as an urban expression of being left out of the mainstream pop culture, clarifying the social context of hip hop culture before it became a widespread suburban phenomenon. This book documents all the forms of street music that led to one of the most groundbreaking, expressive, and influential dance styles ever created.
Sprouted from African-American dancing, Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. The former focuses more on the dance and is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Whereas the latter concentrates more on musicality and considered to be a part of the Jazz tradition. The book that gives you better expressions of this highly entertaining dancing is:
The Souls of Your Feet: A Tap Dance Guidebook for Rhythm Explorers – A comprehensive guide to the art and language of tap dance, this volume shows the beginning dancer how to build a strong foundation in this wonderful American dance form. Complete with basic technique and creative variations, it reveals the choreographic and improvisational creativity of the experienced tap dancers such as Charles “Honi” Coles, Brenda Bufalino, Jimmy Slyde, Sarah Petonio, Savion Glover and many others. Further, it covers some traditional tap dance figures and choruses like The B.S. Chorus and The Shim Sham Shimmy for professional dancers.
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