5 Books to Give You the Confidence to Waltz Into Our Ballroom Dance Studio

Young couple is practicing their dance moves at the local ballroom dance studio Photo by Sean Nel/Hemera / Getty Images

Young couple is practicing their dance moves at the local ballroom dance studio

Photo by Sean Nel/Hemera / Getty Images

5 Books to Give You the Confidence to Waltz Into Our Ballroom Dance Studio

Perhaps you have been considering signing up for lessons at our ballroom dance studio but still need that extra little bit of inspiration? Following are 5 books to motivate you:

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok

A young Chinese American girl struggles with cultural pressure to conform to her parents’ expectations and a strong desire to learn to dance. About dancers, Kwok says,

“…a dancer at rest is very much like a normal person. But it's when they get up and they pull themselves together (that) the confidence and the training… unleashes the beauty that's inside.”

Taking the Lead by Derek Hough

Derek Hough is the only competitor to win Dancing with the Stars 5 times and the only pro to win an Emmy for choreography. Hough says,

"Basically there are stories and moments in my life that are like turning points for me and that I learned a lot from and I just wanted to share that with people.”

Better Late Than Never: My Story by Len Goodman

This book details the struggles of another Dancing with the Stars judge, Len Goodman. Before becoming an award winning ballroom dancer, Goodman dreamed of becoming a soccer player but sadly broke his foot. With the help of dancing, he found his way to the ballroom floor and to stardom.

Dancing Out of Line by Molly Engelhardt

For the academic reader, this book details the introduction of ballroom dancing into the more reserved Victorian age. Engelhardt uncover ironies in the Victorian culture:

“These incongruities generated new, progressive ideas about the body, subjectivity, sexuality, and health.”

Ballroom Dance Mysteries by Ella Barrick

With titles like Homicide Hustle, Quickstep to Murder and Dead Man Waltzing, these books are sure to provide intrigue, as well as a ridiculous chuckle.

Enough! It’s time to put down the books and get up and dance. Set your inner Walter Mitty aside and contact us.