Dancing With The Stars: Book Review
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Dancing With The Stars Book

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) is now in its fifth season on ABC. This show which pairs celebrities with professional ballroom dancers in a competition, has become one of the most popular programs on prime time television. DWTS is one of the shows we cover pretty thoroughly here at Wild Bluff Media. I just finished reading Dancing With The Stars the book written by Guy Phillips and published by Harper-Collins. This is a must have if you’re a fan of the show. This book has everything you can think of about Dancing With The Stars. It’s almost like three books in one.

The first part of the book contains all of the behind the scenes secrets. Ever wonder how the routines are choreographed? How about how judges score the routines? Its all in the book. You even a quick look at the director’s gallery. Having watched this show pretty religiously twice a week for the past 4 and half seasons, I found this part absolutely fascinating. I really wish Phillips had expanded this section even further.

The second part of the book takes an in depth look at each of the dances performed on the show. For each dance, there is a quick description, a discussion of some of the classic performances of this type on the show, a look at the costumes worn for this dance, and finally a how-to written by DWTS pro Louis Van Amstel. Now I’m not a ballroom dancer, but I enjoyed reading the how-to because it gave me a better idea of what the judges are looking for when scoring the routines.

The final portion of the book is an in-depth ballroom dancing based fitness routine. For each of the dances there are detailed how-to instructions for exercises designed specifically to develop the muscles required for that dance. Even if you’re not a ballroom dancer, these excercise are also designed to be worked into your regular workout routine. As we’ve seen from the celebrities who compete each season, ballroom dancing is an excellent way to get into shape. The DWTS Cardio-workout DVD was one of the first DWTS fitness products to hit the market. Think back to the previous seasons, Kelly Monaco, Stacey Keebler, and Lisa Rinna physiques all improved dramatically over the course of their respective seasons.


Tacked on at the end of the book are pictures of all the DWTS couples from seasons 1-4 and an overview of the show results. This is going to sound a little weird but I also really liked reading through the show results. The show results section includes every one of the judges scores for every single routine for the first four seasons of the show.

I stated earlier that this book was almost like three books in one. If I had one complaint about the book, it would be that maybe they tried to cram too much in and it might have been better if the publishers had actually split it into separate editions. One the other hand it would then have cost three times as much. At less than 20 dollars that actually makes this book a bargain. The Dancing With The Stars book has enhanced my enjoyment of the show. If you’re a fan head to Amazon and order yourself a copy. With all of the material on the dances and dancing based fitness, this is a great book to have for anyone interested in ballroom dancing whether you are a fan of the television show or not.

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Written by: Walt
Posted on: Monday, October 22, 2007

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