I have really enjoyed reading through The Essential Guide to Ballroom Dance. It is both very informative and insightful. Chapters 2 and 7 are fantastic as they cover the principles of seemingly simple
movements such as stepping, how to stand and shifting of body weight but go more in depth to show how improving these are important foundations to build for any dancer. I particularly found the part
about how we learn to walk as babies and then forgetting how we learnt as we get older - great, it also mirrored what my Kung Fu teacher once told me too. The middle chapters cover all the ballroom
dances as well as the basic steps, there is also concise breakdowns of the history of where the dances originated from. The end of the book covers supplementary exercises that can be included into
ones practice which will be invaluable for dancers wishing to explore other movement disciplines and see how they relate to or carry over to dance. There are numerous useful exercises given throughout
the book that will help. Great read overall and I frequently go back to it when I have a question.