Pulled from the Shelf | The Complete Book of Ballroom Dancing

The Complete Book of Ballroom Dancing. Richard M. Stephenson & Joseph Iaccarino. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York. 1980. Discarded from the Oktibbeha County Library System.

In 1980, “one of the most interesting social changes in recent years [had] been the ‘return to the ballroom’ by students at colleges and universities throughout the United States” (Preface).

This interesting social change did not capture my attention. You?

Dancing is an integral part of life.


This is one of those books which reminds me there are whole universes out there about which I know nothing, but many know a lot. The history of dance? A distinction between social and other forms? Round dancing was a sin?!? Do tell.

Through a lot of the history discussion– lots of dances come from peasant folk– I had in mind the scene from the wedding reception in Fiddler on the Roof.

All quite interesting. And then we get to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers whose musical comedies really promoted dancing among the riffraff in the days before WWII.

If it’s been a while since you’ve watched one of their movies, do not delay. Watch one. They are beyond wonderful. Truly. I’m fond of Top Hat, but any will do.

And if watching Fred and Ginger puts you in the mood to learn The American Waltz, The Cha-Cha, or The Ballroom Polka, you can order The Complete Book of Ballroom Dancing from Amazon.


Looks as if we might slip through a crack.

To my untrained eye, it looks as if the very very bad stuff is going to miss us. We shall see. Meanwhile, I had to tell WTVA to please sit down and stop shouting at me. We’re in the middle of a thunderstorm. I can hear it! I do not need to be told that lightening has been detected in my area, I inferred that given the thunder, plus my weather station is beeping. Thank you very much.