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Ballroom Dancing
By Alex Moore
10th Edition, $40.00

Newly revised edition released in 2006, with 100 diagrams of figures of the Quickstep, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango, along with sections on the Viennese Waltz and Rhythm dances. The "Bible" of International-style Ballroom dancing, this updated hardback has considerable text on basic principles of Ballroom dancing for beginners, competitive dancers, and those studying for Ballroom examinations.

Ballroom Dancing
By Alex Moore
9th Edition, $25.00
(limited quantities)
The "Bible" of International Style Ballroom Dancing, the style used by both the professional and amateur world organizations. This hardback has considerable text on basic principles of ballroom dancing along with descriptions, and some foot diagrams of basic figures in waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep, and Viennese waltz. The text material has useful information as well for students of American Style.

The Ballroom Technique
By Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)
10th Edition, 1982, reprinted (with amendments) London, July 1994
134 pages, $32.00
Catalog: TM-331F-BK-BR-Tech10

This is Alex Moore’s Revised Technique (first printed in 1948) revised and updated. Figures described in detail for waltz, foxtrot, tango, and quickstep for the following levels: Student teacher, Associate, Licentiate, and Fellow–equivalent to Bronze, Silver, and Gold. International Style. Softback.

Technique of Ballroom Dancing
By Guy Howard
International Dance Publications
Brighton, England
2007, 144 pages, $80.00

Updated and revised in 2007, this is a complete guide for students preparing for Professional IDTA Ballroom Examinations. Guy Howard is one of the very few dance technicians whose depth of knowledge has gained him international recognition. This revision includes the latest developments, some deletions, and fine tuning of principles, wihout altering the fundamental structure of the technique.

Technique of Ballroom Dancing
By Guy Howard
International Dance Publications
Brighton, England, 2002
144 pages, $40.00
(limited quantities)
This hardback manual on International Style Dancing covers Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Tango, plus three pages on social rhythm. It is the text used by the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). Guy Howard was a successful competitor and demonstrator, and later, a coach who gained international recognition, including induction to the American Ballroom Dancing Hall of Fame. He is alleged to have ghost-written Alex Moore’s Revised Technique. Some American dancers prefer this syllabus to the Imperial Society’s Ballroom Technique.

Latin Syllabus Books
By Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)
London, England
$24.00 each, $110.00 for the whole set of 5 books

These softbacks explain the dances and describe the figures for Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble. Individual booklets for each of the five Latin dances have replaced The Revised Technique of Latin-American Dancing.

Technique of Latin Dancing
By Walter Laird
Brighton, England
6th Edition, 2003, 215 pages, $85.00

This elegantly bound hardback with dust cover is the syllabus used by the International Dance Teachers Association. Laird, an aereonautical engineer, was three times World Champion with Lorraine and subsequently became one of the world’s top Latin coaches. His book was first published in 1961 and has been revised several times. It has been the favorite of many U.S. teachers, including U.S. Latin Champion, the late Bob Medeiros. 15 photos of dance positions. International Style.

Questions and Answers
By Alex Moore
3rd Edition, 1965, $20.00

Designed to prepare teachers for professional examinations in both Standard and Latin. Also useful for students to check their understanding of technique. The book is out of print, but we have reproduced it on a copier with the permission of the author.

Certified Correct
By Jeff Carlsen, Halifax, N.S.
Dancing Bear Publishing Co.
1996, 58 pages, $17.00

If you want to become a scrutineer of dance competitions that use the Skating System of marking, this is the book to study. It is equally useful for dancers who wish to understand how their markings are derived. It is a must for someone preparing for the scrutineers examination. Contains a forward by Jane Edgett, the noted Canadian coach and adjudicator. Clearly written, easy to understand.

Three Minutes of Intimacy–Dance Your Way to a Sensational Social Life
By Craig Marcott
Patchogue, NY, Sundance Publishing Co., First Printing, 2000, 130 pages, $13.00

This attractive and interesting softback with a cover illustration by Rhonda Poland Wernick is an excellent guide to social dancing and makes a worthy birthday or Christmas present. It explains how to get started, the various ways of learning to dance, dance etiquette, and what to wear. A valuable resource guide is included.

The Latin Hustle
By Lennart and Marion Strandh
1979, 132 pages, $10.00

Describes 61 figures. Also has photos and foot patterns. The figures are also compatible with the 3-count hustle.

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