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Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by Chimerka
8/22/2016  7:02:00 PM
Hi, I am taking private lessons and going to do medals plus exam for teaching. Which books would you recommend to buy and read? I think I'll take exams in natd in UK. I don't want to do mistake and buy few books and then find out they are pretty similar.. As I am buying online. Thank you.
Re: Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by Steph777
8/22/2016  7:12:00 PM
I've been reading "Teach like a pro" by Diane Jarmalow! It's great ! And I also recommend downloading the DVIDA app
Re: Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by terence2
8/22/2016  11:53:00 PM

Revised techn. for Standard, and latin, I suggest you enquire with NATD for their opinion( several from which to choose )
Re: Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by socialdancer
8/23/2016  5:28:00 AM
For ballroom/standard the NATD have recently published their own technique book which will be the reference for their exams. There were a lot of errors in it when first published but 'most' of these have now been corrected. It is in loose leaf form so hopefully they will supply you with the latest corrected version.

Their technique is now based on that given in "Technique of Ballroom Dancing" by Guy Howard. I would recommend you also obtain a copy of this book.

The NATD are also developing their own Latin technique. I believe this is due for publication next year but they can no doubt give you more details.
Re: Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by nloftofan1
8/23/2016  10:01:00 AM
Guy Howard's book, often regarded as the "Bible" of ballroom dancing, was first published in 1976. There have been a number of revisions. I recommend you get the latest edition.
Re: Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by Guest.
8/23/2016  4:35:00 PM
It is worth mentioning that Technique books are only good as a reference to something your teacher has taught you.
It is not possible to learn how to move and consequently dance by reading from a book. For instance the use of C.B.M or C.B.M.P or N.F.R ( no foot rise ). And then there is creating shapes .And list goes on.
Re: Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by nloftofan1
8/24/2016  11:45:00 AM
The same is true for dance videos--almost. It's difficult to learn from a video--it can't tell you "You're doing ___ wrong. Do it this way instead." The greatest advantage of a video is that you can see a figure danced correctly 100 (or 1000) times in a row.
Re: Books to study for teaching ballroom and latin
Posted by Guest
8/28/2016  11:21:00 PM
Nioftofan1. I agree. And the same goes for reading from a book, as it does watching a video. We must know what we are looking for. I have often said to a person that we move our head onto step two of a Natural Turn in the Waltz far to early. And that they should, in slow motion, freeze frame, and see that the head stays over the closing foot and not the extended to the side foot. Thus creating Sway.

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