BookFeel confident on the dance floor—step by step! This third edition of Social Dance: Steps to Success will teach you all the moves for 10 of today’s most popular dance styles:
Six-count swing and hustle
Salsa and mambo
The first few learning steps in this book introduce you to the foundational skills and concepts you need for success on the dance floor.
Each step you take is a smooth transition from the previous one. As you progress, you learn not only how your posture and footwork affect your balance but also how to connect your footwork with the music, adjust to a partner, make the transition between partner positions, and create sequences from variations of each dance’s specific rhythmic step pattern.
Each of the steps also explains why the concept or skill is important, indentifies the keys to correcting technique, helps you avoid common errors, and provides drills to practice at your own pace. The later steps show how to demonstrate dance etiquette, including how to adapt to a crowded social dance floor. Best of all, the enclosed DVD provides you with 93 minutes of video demonstration and a music soundtrack with 19 tracks for practice and demonstrations of key movements, footwork, and the dances themselves.
Written by master teacher and dancer Judy Wright, this special book and DVD package is part of the best-selling Steps to Success activity series, with more than 2 million copies sold worldwide.
Table of ContentsPreface
Steps to Success: How to Use This Book and DVD Package
Reasons to Social Dance
Key to Diagrams
DVD Contents and Music Tracks
Part I What Every Dancer Needs to Know: Building a Solid Foundation
Step 1 Posture, Frame, and Centering: Looking Like a Dancer
Step 2 Music Structure: Hearing Reliable Cues in the Music
Step 3 Dance Rhythm Strategies: Connecting With the Music
Step 4 Partner Dynamics and Etiquette: Communicating Effectively
Part II 10 Social Dances: Rhythmic Step Patterns, Transitions, and Variations
Step 5 Merengue: Joining the Party
Step 6 Four-Count Swing/Hustle: Keeping the Rhythm
Step 7 Waltz: Moving Stately
Step 8 Six-Count Swing: Looking Jazzy
Step 9 Foxtrot: Dancing Regally
Step 10 Polka: Having Fun
Step 11 Cha-Cha: Being Flirtatious
Step 12 Rumba: Reflecting Romance
Step 13 Tango: Expressing Attitude and Flair
Step 14 Salsa/Mambo: Adding Spice and Flavor
Part III Etiquette On the Dance Floor: Adding the Finishing Touches
Step 15 Dance Floor Etiquette: Moving From Practice to Social Dance Settings
Step 16 Turn Technique, Styling, and Timing Options: Looking Good
Rating Your Progress
About the Author
“Social Dance is a must-have for all dancers. Judy Wright covers the essentials of performing both smooth and rhythmic dances in this fun and engaging text.”
Pamela Haibach, PhD-- Associate Professor, College of Brockport
“With more dances, enhanced diagrams, an instructor guide, and an accompanying DVD featuring dances and music, the third edition of Social Dance is a must-have for students. Social Dance makes learning fun!
Judi Fey-- Dance Consultant, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
"Judy Wright is an exceptional teacher, and her ability to explain proper technique in an easy-to-follow way makes Social Dance a must-have book."
Christy Lane-- Dance Educator and Producer, Author of Christy Lane’s Complete Book of Line Dancing
ExcerptsConnecting With A Partner
Moving Like A Dancer
One Hand Around The World Variation
Rhythmic Step Pattern For Cha Cha
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AncillariesAll Instructor resources are FREE to course adopters and available online at
Includes lecture topics, physical activities, and student assignments in both a 20-week-semester framework and a 32-week-semester framework, introductory notes, key points of technique, applications, activities, and practice procedures. Also included are test questions in multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and extra credit questions for written exams. Multiple grading systems for evaluating student progress in skill performance, written tests, and effort.