list of dance books

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by liz, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. piimapoika

    piimapoika Member

    Historical:

    PJS Richardson: History of English Ballroom Dancing (1946) (Essential reading)
    Vernon Castle: Modern Dancing (1914)
    Gladys Beattie Crozier: The Tango and how to dance it (1913) (Extremely difficult to get: after many years I eventually got a copy from Chile)

    Autobiographical:

    Victor Silvester: Dancing is my Life
    Bill Irvine: The Dancing Years
    Marina Palmer: Kiss and Tango (Argentine tango)
    Janet Carlson: Quick, Before the Music Stops (Married woman returns to dancing after a long break)
    Juliet McMains: Glamour Addiction (Disaffected competition dancer)
    John Nott: Mr Wonderful takes a Cruise (Adventures of a retired government minister - dancing being only one of them)

    Fiction:

    Lucy Dillon: The Ballroom Class
    Jorge Lindman: Tango Tales (Argentine tango - Spanish and English text)
    M.A. Numminen: Tango on intohimoni (Available in Finnish, Swedish, German, and Italian)

    Argentine tango:

    Christine Denniston: The Meaning of Tango
    Jo Bain: Tango - Creation of a Cultural Icon
    Sonia Abadi: The Tango Scene
    Irene D Thomnas and Larry M Sawyer: Temptation to Tango
  2. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks MQ. Gotta say that I'm sort of partial to that one myself! :lol:
  3. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    My pleasure Liz. Its easy enough to search for the books with dance in the title after all, but the others can be quite difficult to keep track of. ;)
  4. Chiron

    Chiron New Member

    My favorite dance books...

    The Six Questions: Acting Technique for Dance Performance By Daniel Nagrin
    Conditioning for Dance by Eric Franklin
    ISTD manuals
  5. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member


    I'll second this one. A VERY interesting read! :)
  6. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    No fair tempting us with books that have been out of print for longer than some of us have been alive!
  7. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks dancelvr! :p
  8. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member


    Can be found in some libraries.... also ( how could I forget !!! )

    Scriveners.. " Just One Idea "... probably the best of all named ( for Standard )
  9. piimapoika

    piimapoika Member

    As of midday 7th February Abebooks has one copy of Richardson


    [Edit: link removed because DF software messed up the commercial link & it was redirecting w/in DF -- Staff]
  10. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Good find for those who'd be interested piimapoika. (And sorry that the system messed up the link you'd provided.)
  11. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I ordered it; we'll see if my order goes through.

    They have a copy of Henry Jacques' book listed too! At $350, though, it's a tad steep.
  12. Chiron

    Chiron New Member

    I think it is time for me to use some of my resources as an academic to see if I can get a hold of any of the rarer books.
  13. Rumbalicious

    Rumbalicious New Member

    If you are dancing pro-am I think you will enjoy "A Year of Dancing Dangerously" by Lydia Raurell. It is along the same biographical lines as previously mentionned "Quick, Before the Music Stops" by Janet Carlson, but I found it more relevant.
  14. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    I just ordered that book. Can't wait to read it. :)

    Oh...and looked for "The Dancing Years" by Bill and Bob Irvine. Found a used copy for a little over $200! :shock: Ouch! Think I will check my local library system for that one.
  15. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Wow ... I should have stocked up when they were on sale at a Blackpool vendor a few years back.
  16. Bella

    Bella New Member


    Oh what a pool of choices! Hmmm, which one to choose....
  17. Bella

    Bella New Member

    Just purchased Blink: The power of thinking without thinking. Any reviews?

    Any ideas on where to purchase Ruud's book?
  18. Bella

    Bella New Member

    Oh! And dance to your maximum!

    I think I'm getting too ahead of myself. ;) If anyone has ideas - holler!
  19. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Received my copy. Finally I know how the Boston is actually danced!

    Lots of good historical information, which I've just started on.
  20. btfgus

    btfgus Member

    I am terribly jealous.

    I almost got my hands on Len Scrivner's book a few years ago, but my plan was foiled. Disappointed.

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