After checking out many educational videos on Ballroom dancing from public libraries and finding them all too simplistic and lacking depth, I decided to purchase some good DVDs on my own.
I bought "Gotta Ballroom" based on an Amazon.com customer recommendation, who had felt the same way I felt and yet found this Book-DVD to be different from the rest of the bunch. His recommendation was justified to a small degree, considering the rest of Ballroom DVDs I had seen were only dance-bite instructions. This Book-DVD would be good for you if you did not know anything about Ballroom dancing, wanted to go out to dance with a partner who did not know much about Ballroom either so both of you could have a good time.
This Book-DVD fell short of my expectations. The promised Dance details that I would not find in any other Dance instruction DVD were all superficial. For example, "Contrary Body Movement (CBM)" and "Contrary Body Movement Position (CBMP) were on the menu but only a perfunctory description was given without distinguishing them from each other, and without any discussion as to why these were important and when and where they were to be used.
"Styling" was also on the menu and again in a superficial way. Although they would discuss the "Rise and fall," "Swing," and "Sway," nowhere will you see your instructors show you how to use CBM, CBMP, or other styling techniques. Instead you'll see their stiff bodies mechanically performing simplistic steps of various dances, which by the way all have the patriotic title of "American" in front of their names: The American Style Waltz, American Style Foxtrot, and American Style Tango - even American Style Viennese Waltz! The steps are all simple minded, oversimplified, boring dance bites - the American Style!
The point I'd like to make is if you dance with your partner, you'd soon be bored to death using their routines. And if you go to a Ballroom to meet new dance partners there, rest assured that people frequenting Ballrooms are more sophisticated in their expectation of you to dance more intelligently than the American Style Waltz, Foxtrot, etc promoted in this Book-DVD.
Don't waste your time and money purchasing this Book-DVD; it's only slightly better than the rest of very low quality instructional dance DVDs that you can check out from your neighborhood public library for free.
So what Instructional DVD am I recommending to you if you happen to be a serious Ballroom Dancing enthusiast with discriminating taste and high expectation of your dance instructors?
I do have an answer for you but before giving it, let me emphasize that I have no financial interest in any shape or form in regards to my recommendation. I would like just to help people who, like me, are reading comments of previous customers in search of finding the best deal for what they're looking for.
Having said this let me recommend:
The Grand Ballroom, "Ballroom Dancing with Andy & Wendy Wong."
Here is their web site:[...]
Their DVDs come in different categories, Beginners, Bronze I & II, Silver I & II, and Gold I & II. If you know something about Ballroom dancing, I'd suggest that you start with their "Bronze I" series.
Their instructions methodically cover many subtleties of Ballroom and Latin dancing, such as musicality, rhythm, footwork, leg shape, Body Posture & Position, you name it; they've covered it well with multi-view demonstrations both for the man and the lady. Their Ballroom/Latin Dance Instruction DVDs are absolutely fantastic 5-Star productions. They indeed have earned my high recommendation. Following their instructions, you'll never dance on the beat but off the rhythm!