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Paper Tangos

Paper Tangos (Public Planet Books)
by Julie M. Taylor

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This very personal, idiosyncratic volume is not a celebration of the tango so common these days but a meditation on it as an expression of Argentine identity and history. Taylor is a ballet-dancer-turned-anthropologist whose initial encounter with Argentina was a cultural study of ritual dance; she ended up in Buenos Aires learning to dance the tango. Here she broaches several themes of Argentine identity that she finds encapsulated in the tango but that have resonance beyond the countrys boundaries. The tango as Taylor presents it is the embodiment of contradiction: the blank face and still upper body opposing the rapid movement of legs; the macho pose of the male versus his inner feeling of sadness and loss (a paradox of male identity that Taylor situates in the barrios of Buenos Aires where the tango was born); the apparent romance between the couple and their actual solitude within the dance. On a more personal level, the author conveys the passion with which devotees approach the tango, attending daily late-night dance sessions where they argue over style with as much ardor as they dance. But tango, according to Taylor, is also an expression of violence, defined in a range of ways: as dominance (of male over female), as terror (of the military junta over the Argentine people), as sexual abuse (of the author herself when she was a girl). Similarly, ambiguities in Taylors own sense of identity are mirrored in a corresponding ambiguity that she finds in Argentina: the particular forms of disorientation, loss, and uncertainty of the nations fate inculcated by years of terror. An original and profound study of the power of a dance to express the heart of a culture.

Quickstart to tango

Quickstart to Tango
by Jeff Allen 

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Jeff Allen has created an excellent addition to his "Quickstart To Social Dancing" series. "Quickstart To Tango" focuses on the skills needed for proper tango posture and technique. 'Attitudes and Priorities: Mental and Physical' offers useful advice for approaching tango lessons, new choreography, practice, and setting goals. Teachers, recommend this book to your students ! "A unique how - to book combining the skills of Argentine Tango and American Tango. The author sets a state of ease and comfort for the beginning dancer, giving a clear understanding of a dance step, timing and exercises. Consideration of body movements, from toes to head and fingers, along with the preparation of readers' attitudes through the presentation of history and discussions, allows a full appreciation of the many figures described for each style. A book not only for beginners."

 Tango

Tango
by Isabel Munoz (Photographer), Evelyne Pieiller, Rosanna M. Giammanco-Frongia (Translator)  
 

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In this exquisite new book, internationally renowned photographer Isabel Munoz captures the voluptuous nature of one of the world's most seductive dances, where sexuality is the sole means of communication. 80 duotone photos.  

 Waltz (Crazy series)

Waltz (Dance Crazy Series)    by Paul Bottomer  

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The ABC's of Ballroom Dance  
by Suzanne Zelnik-Geldys

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Ballroom Dance Guide : First Steps - Counting 5, 6, 7, 8  
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Beginners-Only Dance Book : How to Learn Social, Latin & Ballroom Dances  
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Dance Class : Ballroom Dance Instruction   
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Ballroom : Photographs (Seeing Double Series of Collaborative Books)   by Ken Graves, Eva Lipman (Photographer), Sally Sommer (Designer)

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Ballroom Dancing : Romance, Rhythm, and Style  
by John Lawrence Reynolds

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The first text-and-photo book on DanceSport - not a "How to" First things first: BALLROOM DANCING is not a "How to" book - you'll find none of those left-foot/right-foot diagrams, joined by dottted lines, on its pages. Instead, you'll see over 100 color photos (most taken by me during visits to ballroom dancing competitions in Europe and North America) and discover an insight into the phenomenon of Ballroom Dancing - or, if you prefer, "DanceSport." I am not a competitive dancer - not even an especially good social dancer.  So BALLROOM DANCING is written from the outside in - from a fan who admires the moves of the dancers, understands most of them, and can perform a few. This makes the book a journey in text and photos - exploring the appeal of the dance, assessing the explosion of interest in it, conversing with key personalities, visiting legendary locations (such as the Blackpool Festival - DanceSport's "Super Bowl"), and eavesdropping on ongoing debates (Is Olympic recognition really A Good Thing? Can Ballroom Dancing really be called a sport? Are its participants really athletes?) The primary dances themselves are described, from their historical roots through their social acceptance to competitive-level performances. Finally, the photos themselves reveal so much about the intensity and beauty of the performers - and, let's face it, of the performers' physiques as well. This is a book for both dancers and non-dancers to savor. Dancers, I suspect, will appreciate a book which presents their unique culture to a wider audience with respect and depth. Non-dancers, I'll bet, will begin to understand the passion and excitement behind competitive dancing, and why it may be The Next Big Thing.

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