Waltzing is a book dedicated to helping people better understand the Waltz so that they can not only dance the Waltz better, but simply dance socially better as well. It is written by Richard Powers and Nick Enge. Both are academics of Stanford university with a strong interest in social dance. Richard Powers has been reconstructing social dances from 1000s of historical dance manuals. The authors bring a very unique perspective on what social dance is and how it came to be. This is not something that is easy to find, and that alone makes the book ideal for any social dancer's library.
What's the intention of the book?
The basic aim of the book is to cover the origins of the Waltz and how it came to be what it is today. While it does this, the book also provides an explanation for social dance in general. From this base it can then provide advice on how to perform Waltz (and other) figures better. Not only does it help with the specifics of dance, but by understanding the origins of today's social dance it offers advice on how to approach dance depending upon what kind of dance you're interested in (dance sport, social dance and performance).
What does it offer a dancer?
After reading this book I was really happy with how much I had learned about what social dance is and how it had changed over the centuries and why.
This understanding makes it much easier for a dancer to better understand why dance is the way it is and how to get what they want out of it.
And that's what makes this book idela for a dancer. By itself it is an excellent resources that you can pick up at anytime, open to any page and read something useful. However, after you have read it, you will simply feel more comfortable with your understanding of what social dance it all about and what you want out of it. This comfort can make learning dance much more enjoyable and easier.
Is it easy to use?
The book is very well written and easy to understand. However, those section that try to explain how to do a figure really need figures. Often I simply couldn't work out what the authors meant when they were describing how to perform a figure. But this is not really the best aspect of the book. The best aspect of the book is explaining what dance is and it does that brilliantly so that anyone can understand it.
Would I recommend it?
Knowing the origin of something makes it that mush easier to understand and master. This book will, no matter the type of dance you like, help with this. It is also an easy and pleasurable read. You will easily get something out of it. For these reasons I would happily recommend it to you.
Where can it be bought?
You can buy this book off Amazon (that's where i bought it) via the link below.