More Disco

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Just when you thought it was safe to venture into the dance section we find a few more of these gems! This book is more straight up dance instruction and if you can get past the dated pictures, it might be a keeper.  I just wonder though if dance instruction is really served by a book these days.  When talking about dance instruction I have had people ask for video/DVD rather than books.  Maybe it isn’t content, it is format that really is the issue.


New York Hustle

New York Hustle in pictures

More sophisticated steps


  1. I have to say, I prefer the first disco book posted on here. This one looks so-so. As to weeding, I’m ambivalent. Would look @ condition, space, circ states, etc. The fonts though, are worth knowing.

  2. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, the #1 dance instruction book check out we have at our branch is a book on disco dancing. So popular we’re going to get disco dancing instruction dvds next. People actually do want to learn to disco dance. (I know I really want to learn to do The Hustle.) Mostly for weddings, it seems, but also for excercise purposes. It seems to be more popular then even the belly dancing for excercise DVDs.

    And I’ll never get the hate on disco music. In those pre-autotune days the singers actually had to be able to sing. Really, who would you rather listen to? Donna Summer or Rebecca Black?

    Though I have to say, the book we have at our branch is superior to this one. So if you want to weed it and give it to me…. *winks*

  3. I think that with things like dance instruction people can always consult YouTube so I definately see instruction dvds or video being more useful than a book. Personally I can’t follow along with something like dance if I read about it as well as if I had some visuals to go along with it.

  4. Wow, I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s starting to recognize Jamisings as an annoying fan of disco – a trend that died thirty years ago for god’s sake!

    Maybe people still want to learn the dance moves…maybe….but I highly doubt they’re checking out library books about it. There are SO many other books that deserve space in public libraries!

  5. @L.B.- I know! That song is going to be stuck in my head for days now.
    @Jami- I don’t really have anything against disco, but I wouldn’t write off everything that has come since then. If nothing else, you should check out Cake’s cover of “I Will Survive”. It’s on youtube. 🙂

  6. Not true. I predict disco will make a resurgence. We’ve already seen flared jeans make a comeback.

  7. @jami: Don’t you think making our “which is better?” options Donna Summer vs. Rebecca Black is kind of stacking the odds a little unfairly in your favor?

  8. The library in our town used to have a record entitled “Disco Noel.” My friend and I were learning to dance and she checked it out because it was just too tempting not to know. I’ll spare you the details, except to say that the version of Jingle Bells induced highly traumatic reactions. . . . Am glad to see that a search of their catalog today does not turn up any results!

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