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Danza : Dance

Jóvenes lectores aprenderán acerca de la danza a través de textos breves en español e inglés con fotografías de apoyo. Young readers will learn about dance through simple sentences and supportive pictures.

 

 

 

 

     
 

   

Proposiciones en torno a la historia de la danza

se trata de una serie de recuentos, afirmaciones e hipótesis en torno a la danza como arte y como práctica social. Su hilo central es un conjunto de criterios para ordenar su historia, tal como ha ocurrido sobre todo en la sociedad europea y en la extensión de la cultura europea a través del mundo.

 

 

 

     
 

 

 

   

El cuerpo en la danza. Postura, movimiento y patología

La danza es una forma de expresión con una larga historia y que ha ido adoptando formas diversas junto con la evolución del ser humano. En el camino que recorre el bailarín durante su aprendizaje, encuentra retos a superar de distinta índole (físicos, psicológicos, culturales...). El abordaje de estos retos puede mejorar a través de un mejor conocimiento del propio cuerpo y del propio trabajo. En El cuerpo en la danza los autores presentan los conceptos básicos de la biomecánica de la extremidad inferior, de la columna vertebral y de los mecanismos reguladores de la postura, y cómo esta biomecánica y estos mecanismos pueden modelarse y adaptarse a los diferentes tipos de danza para que el bailarín sea capaz de alcanzar la perfección de su gesto dancístico. También a lo largo del texto se exponen las diferentes patologías que con mayor frecuencia pueden afectar al bailarín y su íntima relación con la alteración de la biomecánica normal.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Anatomía y cinesiología de la danza

La danza es una actividad física muy exigente que abarca muchos estilos de movimiento y que requiere un gran grado de versatilidad, fuerza y amplitud de movimiento, equilibrio, coordinación neuromuscular y percepción cenestésica. Para el bailarín, su cuerpo es su instrumento de expresión sobre el que se aplican los principios biomecánicos y anatómicos básicos para conseguir un rendimiento óptimo. Este libro es una herramienta que le ayudará a conocer mejor su cuerpo y así reducir el riesgo de lesiones y aumentar la longevidad y calidad de sus actuaciones. Anatomía y cinesiología de la danza estudia –con abundante material visual y ejercicios prácticos– los principales huesos, articulaciones, músculos, desviaciones en la alineación y la mecánica de cada región del cuerpo. También se presentan ejercicios de muestra para mejorar la fuerza y la flexibilidad que ayudarán al lector a comprender mejor la función y localización de los músculos, así como ejercicios clásicos con el objetivo de mejorar la fuerza y la flexibilidad en la técnica de la danza y prevenir lesiones habituales. En la sección final de los capítulos se describen lesiones habituales que se producen en la danza, así, profesores y bailarines tendrán una base sólida para evaluar riesgos, decidir sobre modificaciones temporales o diseñar progresiones secuenciales para las clases, que permitan desarrollar el repertorio de baile con la gracia estética deseada y el menor riesgo posible de lesiones. El capítulo final del libro ofrece un esquema que ayudará a los lectores a analizar los movimientos practicados con todo el cuerpo y a elegir los ejercicios suplementarios más adecuados para mejorar el rendimiento.

 

 

 

     
     

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

'Represents the range and diversity of writings on dance from the 1980s and 1990s'--P. [i].

 

 

 

     
     

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

The second edition of The Routledge Dance Studies Reader offers fresh critical perspectives on classic and modern dance forms, including ballroom, tango, Hip-hop, site-specific performance, and disability in dance. Alexandra Carter and Janet O'Shea deliver a substantially revised and updated collection of key texts, featuring an enlightening new introduction, which tracks differing approaches to dance studies. Important articles from the first edition are accompanied by twenty new works by leading critical voices. The articles are presented in five thematic sections, each with a new editorial introduction and further reading. Sections cover: Making dance Performing dance Ways of looking Locating dance in history and society Debating the discipline The Routledge Dance Studies Reader gives readers access to over thirty essential texts on dance and provides expert guidance on their critical context. It is a vital resource for anyone interested in understanding dance from a global and contemporary perspective.

 

 

 

     
     

Dance, Modernity and Culture

In this book, Helen Thomas provides an original, interdisciplinary approach to the study of dance. By examining the development of modern dance in the USA during the 1920s and 1930s she develops a framework for analyzing dance from a sociological perspective. As an important contribution to dance scholarship this book will be essential reading for all those interested in the performing arts.

 

 

 

     
       

Understanding Dance

Understanding Dance is a comprehensive introduction to the aestethetics of dance, and will be an essential text for all those interested in dance as an object of study. Focusing on the work of a number of major choreographers, companies and critics Graham McFee explores the nature of our understanding of Dance by considering the practice of understanding dance-works themselves. He concludes with a validation of the place of dance in society and in education. Troughout he provides detailed insights into the nature and appreciation of art as well as a general grouding in philosophy.

 

 

 

     
     

The Modern Dance

This book is actually the text of four lectures delivered as the New School for Social Research in New York in the season of 1931-1932 to introduce a series of lecture-demonstrations on what was then a largely unfamiliar subject. Published first in 1933, it is reprinted here without alteration or re-editing of any sort, as perhaps the first attempt__certainly one of the first__to analyze the American modern dance.

 

 

 

     
     

Modern Dance, Techniques and Teaching

This book includes a descriptive analysis of technique; a visual analysis of technique; and teaching emphasis within each technique. Besides includes years of training and experience into a set number of pages that would represent a comprehensive picture of the techniques in dance training. Space limitations make this picture far from complete; however the techniques chosen have proved applicable to large classes, small classes, and in all levels of student training, both in academic, formal, and professional classes. This text is a valuable material for teacher education in modern dance, and will motivate dance instructors and students to use this material in dance as an art form.

 

 

 

     
 

 

 

   

 Speaking of Dance : Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft

Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft delves into the choreographic processes of some of America's most engaging and revolutionary dancemakers. Based on personal interviews, the book's narratives reveal the methods and quests of, among others, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, and Mark Morris. Morgenroth shows how the ideas, craft, and passion that go into their work have led these choreographers to disrupt known forms and expectations. The history of dance in the making is revealed through the stories of these intelligent, articulate, and witty dance masters.

 

 

 

     
     

A Queer History of the Ballet

Designed for students, scholars and general readers with an interest in dance and queer history, A Queer History of the Ballet focuses on how, as makers and as audiences, queer men and women have helped to develop many of the texts, images, and legends of ballet. Presenting a series of historical case studies, the book explores the ways in which, from the nineteenth century into the twentieth, ballet has been a means of conjuring homosexuality – of enabling some degree of expression and visibility for people who were otherwise declared illegal and obscene. Studies include: the perverse sororities of the Romantic ballet the fairy in folklore, literature, and ballet Tchaikovsky and the making of Swan Lake Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and the emergence of queer modernity the formation of ballet in America the queer uses of the prima ballerina Genet's writings for and about ballet. Also including a consideration of how ballet's queer tradition has been memorialized by such contemporary dance-makers as Neumeier, Bausch, Bourne, and Preljocaj, this is an essential book in the study of ballet and queer history.

 

 

 

     
     

Writing Dancing Together

With a political agenda foregrounding collaborative practice to promote ethical relations, these individually and joint written essays and interviews discuss dances often with visual art, theatre, film and music, drawing on continental philosophy to explore notions of space, time, identity, sensation, memory and ethics.

 

 

 

     
     

The Neurocognition of Dance : Mind, Movement and Motor Skills

Dance has always been an important aspect of all human cultures, and the study of human movement and action has become a topic of increasing relevance over the last decade, bringing dance into the focus of the cognitive sciences. This book discusses the wide range of interrelations between body postures and body movements as conceptualised in dance with perception, mental processing and action planning. The volume brings together cognitive scientists, psychologists, neuroscientists, choreographers, and ballet teachers, to discuss important issues regarding dance and cognition. First, scientists introduce ideas that offer different perspectives on human movement and therefore can be applied to dance. Secondly, professionals from the world of dance have their say, reporting on how their creative and pedagogical work relates to cognition and learning. Finally, researchers with personal links to the dance world demonstrate how neurocognitive methods are applied to studying different aspects related to dance. This book is suitable for students and professionals from the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, sport psychology and sport science, movement science, motor control, motor development, kinesiology, dance, choreography, dance education and dance therapy; to teachers who want to teach dance to students of any age.

 

 

 

     
     

The Modern Dance : Seven Statements of Belief

This book presents seven essays on the modern dance and seven descriptions of dances on the theme of the Prodigal Son. each choreographer represented in this book was asked to divide his contribution into two parts. First, he was to set forth, generally, his ideas on the modern dance. Second, he was to describe what he would do if he were given a commission to create a dance under the most (unrealistically) favorable conditions — any number of dancers, any kind of music, costumes, etc. Also (most unrealistic) he was to assume that he had unlimited funds at his disposal. There was only one restriction : his dance had to deal with the theme of the Prodigal Son. 

 

 

 

     
     

Next Week, Swan Lake : Reflections on Dance and Dances

An important book of essays on “dance and ideas about dance”

 

 

 

     
       

The Laban Sourcebook

Rudolf Laban (1879 – 1958) was a pioneer in dance and movement, who found an extraordinary range of application for his ideas; from industry to drama, education and therapy.? Laban believed that you can understand about human beings by observing how they move, and devised two complimentary methods of notating the shape and quality of movements. The Laban Sourcebook offers a comprehensive account of Laban's writings. It includes extracts from his five books in English and from his four works in German, written in the 1920s and translated here for the first time.? This book draws on archival research in England and Germany to chart the development of Laban's groundbreaking ideas through a variety of documents, including letters, articles, transcripts of interviews, and his unpublished Effort and Recovery.?? It covers: The beginning of his career in Germany and Switzerland in the 1910s. His astonishing rise to fame in Germany in the 1920s as a dance teacher, choreographer and creator of public dance events. Following his move to England in 1938, the application of his ideas to drama, education, industry, and therapy. Each extract has a short preface providing contextual background, and highlighting and explaining key terms. Passages have been selected and are introduced by many of the world's leading Laban scholars.

 

 

 

     
     

Grands portés de pas de deux

'En un ballet, el “pas de deux” casi siempre es el momento dramático y a la vez lírico en que se produce el nudo o el desenlace de la acción, o el juego del amor y de la muerte, que es la base de toda dramaturgia. El “pas de deux” alcanza el punto culminante y nos dirige hacia el desenlace.Esta obra aporta un completo estudio de esta técnica para la mayoría de los bailarines que están en la última etapa de su formación profesional, para los que se inician e incluso para los más avanzados.La belleza y originalidad de los clichés, que ponen de relieve movimientos cruciales pocas veces perceptibles para el público cuando los portés se ejecutan con virtuosismo, hacen de esta guía pedagógica un libro único y una bella obra. A fin de facilitar la lectura y aportar una ayuda para el análisis personal de la cinemática, se ilustran las principales fases del porté: el impulso, el punto de contacto (para la subida), el ascenso, el punto más alto de la subida, la sujeción, el descenso y la recogida en los brazos del portor o en el suelo; las diferentes formas de sujeción se describen en detalle.Asimismo, los patinadores artísticos, bailarines acrobáticos en dúo y los deportistas que practican el surf tándem encontrarán muchas similitudes con la disciplina que aquí se expone para los bailarines.Gilbert Serres, bailarín solista, maestro de ballet y coreógrafo en grandes compañías entre 1963 y 1978. Enseña la danza clásica y la técnica del pas de deux a aficionados y profesionales. Su rica experiencia, sus talentos de pedagogo y la originalidad de sus clases gozan de prestigio en centros como la Escuela Real de Ballet de Amberes y la Academia de Danza de la Universidad Fontys, en Tilburg, Países Bajos. Autor de obras pedagógicas, imparte con regularidad cursillos de pas de deux en varias escuelas de Bélgica, Holanda y Francia, en particular en la Escuela de Danza de la Ópera de París.'

 

 

 

     
     

Dancing Naturally : Nature, Neo-Classicism and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Dance

A renewed interest in nature, the ancient Greeks, and the freedom of the body was to transform dance and physical culture in the early twentieth century. The book discusses the creative individuals and developments in science and other art forms that shaped the evolution of modern dance in its international context.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Dance Studies: The Basics

A concise introduction to the study of dance ranging from the practical aspects such as technique and choreography to more theoretical considerations such as aesthetic appreciation and the place of dance in different cultures. This book answers questions such as: Exactly how do we define dance? What kinds of people dance and what kind of training is necessary? How are dances made? What do we know about dance history? Featuring a glossary, chronology of dance history and list of useful websites, this book is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in the study of dance.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Dance : A Creative Art Experience

This book embodies the thinking of a woman whose singular vision propelled dance into the realm of higher education where it has not only remained, but thrived. She did not create a dance style or a particular teaching approach, her legacy is more lasting because she established a theoretical framework for thinking about and experiencing dance and a philosophical attitude toward teaching it as a science and a creative art. 

 

 

 

     
 

   

Dance in the Field : Theory, Methods and Issues in Dance Ethnography

This international collection on dance ethnography - the first of its kind - comprises original contributions on fieldwork in dance and human movement. Based on extensive fieldwork experience, it explores the major theoretical approaches, methods and concerns of dance and movement research from anthropological and ethnochoreological perspectives. The result underlines the existing and continuing growth in dance ethnography which will also be of interest to those in dance studies, anthropology, cultural studies, folklore, ethnomusicology and sociology.

 

 

 

     
     

Dance Movement Therapy : Theory, Research and Practice

What can dance movement contribute to psychotherapy? This thoroughly updated edition of Dance Movement Therapy echoes the increased world-wide interest in dance movement therapy and makes a strong contribution to the emerging awareness of the nature of embodiment in psychotherapy. Recent research is incorporated, along with developments in theory and practice, to provide a comprehensive overview of this fast-growing field. Helen Payne brings together contributions from experts in the field to offer the reader a valuable insight into the theory and practice of Dance Movement Therapy. The contributions reflect the breadth of developing approaches, covering subjects including: dance movement therapy with people with dementia group work with people with enduring mental health difficulties transcultural competence in dance movement therapy freudian thought applied to authentic movement embodiment in dance movement therapy training and practice personal development through dance movement therapy. Dance Movement Therapy will be a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about the therapeutic use of creative movement and dance. It will be welcomed by students and practitioners in the arts therapies, psychotherapy, counselling and other health and social care professions.

 

 

 

     
       

Finding Balance : Fitness, Training, and Health for a Lifetime in Dance

Finding Balance: Fitness, Health, and Training for a Lifetime in Dance gives an overview of issues faced by all performing dancers: injury and treatment; technique and training; fitness; nutrition and diet; and career management. The text includes both easy-to-read overviews of each topic and'profiles'of well known dancers and how they have coped with these issues. The new edition includes: Updated and new profiles. Expanded injury and injury treatment information. Updated dance science and physiology findings, and new references. Updated diet guidelines, Expanded and updated'Taking Control'section. It concludes with a list of selected dance/arts medicine clinics, a bibliography, glossary, and text notes.

   

 

 

   
 

   

Your Move : A New Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance

Your Move: A New Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance establishes a fresh and original framework for looking at dance. In examining the basic elements of dance - the Alphabet of Movement - and using illustrations of movement technique and notation symbols it provides a new way to see, to teach and to choreograph dance. This book gives a list of primary actions upon which all physical activity is gased, focusing on both the functional and expressive sides of movement. It draws upon the author's broad experience in ballet, modern and ethnic dance to reinterpret movement and to shed new light on the role of movement in dance. Your Move is an important book not only for dancers but also for instructors in sport and physical therapy. Each copy of Your Move comes complete with exercise sheets, which can also be purchased separately. A teacher's guide has also been designed providing notes on each chapter, approaches to the exploration of movement, interpretation of the reading studies, additional information of motif description and answers to the exercise sheets.

 

 

 

     
 

 

 

   

The Place of Dance : A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making

The Place of Dance is written for the general reader as well as for dancers. It reminds us that dancing is our nature, available to all as well as refined for the stage. Andrea Olsen is an internationally known choreographer and educator who combines the science of body with creative practice. This workbook integrates experiential anatomy with the process of moving and dancing, with a particular focus on the creative journey involved in choreographing, improvising, and performing for the stage. Each of the chapters, or “days,” introduces a particular theme and features a dance photograph, information on the topic, movement and writing investigations, personal anecdotes, and studio notes from professional artists and educators for further insight. The third in a trilogy of works about the body, including Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy and Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide, The Place of Dance will help each reader understand his/her dancing body through somatic work, create a dance, and have a full journal clarifying aesthetic views on his or her practice. It is well suited for anyone interested in engaging embodied intelligence and living more consciously.

 

 

 

     
     

Through the Eyes of a Dancer : Selected Writings

Through the Eyes of a Dancer compiles the writings of noted dance critic and editor Wendy Perron. In pieces for The SoHo Weekly News, Village Voice, The New York Times, and Dance Magazine, Perron limns the larger aesthetic and theoretical shifts in the dance world since the 1960s. She surveys a wide range of styles and genres, from downtown experimental performance to ballets at the Metropolitan Opera House. In opinion pieces, interviews, reviews, brief memoirs, blog posts, and contemplations on the choreographic process, she gives readers an up-close, personalized look at dancing as an art form. Dancers, choreographers, teachers, college dance students—and anyone interested in the intersection between dance and journalism—will find Perron's probing and insightful writings inspiring. Through the Eyes of a Dancer is a nuanced microcosm of dance's recent globalization and modernization that also provides an opportunity for new dancers to look back on the traditions and styles that preceded their own.

 

 

 

     
     

Jazz Dance : A History of the Roots and Branches

The history of jazz dance is best understood by comparing it to a tree. The art form's roots are African. Its trunk is vernacular, shaped by European influence, and exemplified by the Charleston and the Lindy Hop. The branches are many and varied and include tap, Broadway, funk, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, Latin, pop, club jazz, popping, B-boying, party dances, and much more.Unique in its focus on history rather than technique, Jazz Dance offers the only overview of trends and developments since 1960. Editors Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver have assembled an array of seasoned practitioners and scholars who trace the many histories of jazz dance and examine various aspects of the field, including trends, influences, training, race, gender, aesthetics, the international appeal of jazz dance, and its relationship to tap, rock, indie, black concert dance, and Latin dance.Featuring discussions of such dancers and choreographers as Bob Fosse and Katherine Dunham, as well as analyses of how the form's vocabulary differs from ballet, this complex and compelling history captures the very essence of jazz dance.

 

 

 

     
     

Perspectives on Contemporary Dance History : Revisiting Impulse, 1950-1970

Impulse represents the bedrock for dance as a literary topic worthy of critical analysis, critically aware self-reflection, and provocative and controversial points of view. Over the course of its run (1950–1970), Impulse presented articles, monographs, and perspectives that were unparalleled for breadth of commentary, scope of authorship, and for provocative yet engaging discourses. This ebook will be of interest to current and emerging dance scholars, dance historians, cultural theorists, education specialist, arts librarians, and those who seek a model for reclaiming the foundational literature of a discipline.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Making an Entrance : Theory and Practice for Disabled and Non-Disabled Dancers

Making an Entrance is the first ever practical introduction to teaching dance with disabled and non disabled students. This clearly written, thought provoking and hugely enjoyable manual is essential reading whether you're just starting out or are already active in the field.Taking improvisation as his focus and as the starting point of choreographic exploration, Adam Benjamin asks what it has to offer as an art form and how it can be better used to meet the changing needs of dance education.In the theoretical section Benjamin explores the history of a disintegrated dance practice, placing it within the wider context of cultural and political movements. He questions what is meant today when we talk about'inclusive'or'integrated dance'and what we might expect of it.The book includes over 50 exercises and improvisations designed to stimulate and challenge students at all levels of dance. Benjamin also includes useful hints on the practicalities of setting up workshops covering issues as diverse a class size, the safety aspects of wheelchairs and the accessibility of dance spaces.

 

 

 

     
     

Moving History/Dancing Cultures : A Dance History Reader

This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history—particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus. The reader is organized into four thematic sections which allow for varied and individualized course use: Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices, World Dance Traditions, America Dancing, and Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts. The editors have structured the readings with the understanding that contemporary theory has thoroughly questioned the discursive construction of history and the resultant canonization of certain dances, texts and points of view. The historical readings are presented in a way that encourages thoughtful analysis and allows the opportunity for critical engagement with the text. Ebook Edition Note: Ebook edition note: Five essays have been redacted, including “The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance,” by Shawna Helland; “Epitome of Korean Folk Dance”, by Lee Kyong-Hee; “Juba and American Minstrelsy,” by Marian Hannah Winter; “The Natural Body,” by Ann Daly; and “Butoh: ‘Twenty Years Ago We Were Crazy, Dirty, and Mad',”by Bonnie Sue Stein. Eleven of the 41 illustrations in the book have also been redacted.

 

 

 

     
     

Essential Guide to Dance

Clearly explain choreography, performance and dance appreciation in relation to new set works and choreographers.Thoroughly updated to meet the AS/A2 specifications and relevant Applied A levels, BTEC and other Dance qualifications, this highly illustrated third edition of Essential Guide to Dance provides support, guidance and all the up-to-date information students and teachers need. - Help students grasp dance technique and the implications for safe practice- Reinforce learning with interactive tasks and revision tests- Engage students with an extensive range of activities covering all aspects of current Dance courses so they learn more effectively- Prepare them for their examinations with a student-friendly guide to the choreographic process.

 

 

 

     
     

Geographies of Dance : Body, Movement, and Corporeal Negotiations

This volume provides a theoretical and practical examination of the relationships between bodies, dance and space. Using ten case studies, it illustrates the symbolic power of dance that is crafted by choreographers and acted out by dancers. The book portrays a multitude of ways in which public and private spaces (stages, buildings, town squares as well as natural environments) are transformed and made meaningful by dance. Furthermore, it explores the meaning of dance as emotionally experienced by dancers, and examines how movement in certain spaces creates meaning without the use of words or symbols.

 

 

 

     
     

Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance

This text provides dancers and dance educators with a deep understanding of how they can use imagery to improve artistry in dance. It offers hundreds of imagery exercises to refine improvisation, technique, and choreography as well as 295 illustrations and photos that illustrate Franklin's unique imagery concepts. The book includes imagery exercises that can restore and regenerate the body through massage, touch, and stretching.

 

 

 

     
       

Starting Your Career As a Dancer

In Starting Your Career as a Dancer, author Mande Dagenais explains what it really takes to get into the business, be in the business, and survive in the business. Based on more than twenty-five years of experience in the performing arts as a dancer, teacher, choreographer/director, and producer, Dagenais offers insider advice and shares her vast knowledge while answering questions asked by professionals and beginners alike. Aspiring dancers will learn about different markets, venues, and types of work for dancers, and what to expect from a dancing job, while experienced dancers will appreciate helpful tips on where and how to find work, business management, and career transition. Covering topics ranging from audition dos and don'ts to injury prevention, this is absolutely the most comprehensive and practical guide you will find to the dancer's profession.

 

 

 

     
     

Apollo's Angels : A History of Ballet

NATIONAL BESTSELLERFor more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, Apollo's Angels—the first cultural history of ballet ever written—is a groundbreaking work. From ballet's origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France's Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. In the twentieth century, émigré dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance. Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and former professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. Her admiration and love for the ballet, asEntertainment Weekly notes, brings “a dancer's grace and sure-footed agility to the page.”NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • LOS ANGELES TIMES • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

 

 

 

     
     

Dance Composition

This book, a bestseller for over twenty years, is a practical guide to creative success in dance making and is a popular textbook for all those who are interested in dance composition, from secondary school to university.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Writing About Dance

Writing About Dance guides students through processes of writing about dance, from the informal (journal writing and free writing) to the formal (critiques, essays, and research papers). Students become better critical thinkers and writers as they deepen their understanding of dance technique, dance creativity, and dance as an art form.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives : Identity, Embodiment and Culture

Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives presents the work of dance scholars whose professional fieldwork spans several continents and includes studies of the dance and movement systems of varied global communities.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Dance And Lived Body

In her remarkable book, Sondra Horton Fraleigh examines and describes dance through her consciousness of dance as an art, through the experience of dancing, and through the existential and phenomenological literature on the lived body. She describes, with performance photographs, specific imagery in dance masterworks by Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Viola Farber, Nina Weiner, and Garth Fagan.

 

 

 

     
 

 

   

The Six Questions : Acting Technique For Dance Performance

In the late twenties, actors and directors of the Group Theatre, who were pioneering the use of Stanislavski's teachings, saw the value of teaching ballet and the emerging modern dance. Actors now routinely learn dance, but dancers rarely study acting. In The Six Questions, Nagrin maintains that a command of acting techniques allows the dancer to couple the passion of a body in motion with the heart and mind of the dancer. In five parts, the book first examines the personal essentials demanded by dance. The second part looks at the pitfalls inherent in the act of performing from vanity to self-hatred. The third part, the core of the book, poses six questions: Who? is doing what? to whom? where and when? and why? and against what obstacle? In the fourth part, Nagrin looks at the tools for working on the role, and the fifth part enters into the very act of performing. All of the work is handled in terms of movement alone: no dialogue or scenes from plays are used. The Six Questions is a companion piece to Nagrin's other works, How To Dance Forever, and Dance and the Specific Image: Improvisation. Together they present an invaluable teaching and learning tool for anyone in love with dance.

 

 

 

     
 

   

New Dance

Dealing exclusively with developments in modern dance since 1951, this book is for anyone who wishes to understand and experience nonliteral dance: students and teachers, dancers and critics.

 

 

 

     
 

   

A History of Dance

This title examines Western dance's original European roots, the ways and styles in which it has expanded and changed, and how it has grown into such an integral part of Western culture. Special features include a timeline, Art Spotlights, infographics, and fact bubbles. 

 

 

 

     
     

Ballet : Classic FM Handy Guides

Ballet is defined by dance, but supporting the visual drama are some of the greatest musical treasures in the classical canon. This handy reference guide from Classic FM explores the world's most popular ballets, considering the great choreographers, dancers and, of course, composers who have created the most stunning performances of this incredible art form, along with plenty of musical recommendations along the way. From its early inception at the French court to modern-day developments and interpretations, ballet has long had a popular following. Packed full of essential information, this pocket-sized handbook explores the history, performers, composers and music, highlighting the very best ballets and the standout tracks that should feature in the collection of any aficionado. Classic FM's Handy Guides are a fun and informative set of introductions to standout subjects within classical music, each of which can be read and digested in one sitting: a perfect collectible series whether you're new to the world of classical music or an aficionado.

 

 

 

     
     

Dance to the Piper

Born into a family of successful playwrights and producers, Agnes de Mille was determined to be an actress. Then one day she witnessed the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, and her life was altered forever. Hypnotized by Pavlova's beauty, in that moment de Mille dedicated herself to dance. Her memoir records with lighthearted humor and wisdom not only the difficulties she faced—the resistance of her parents, the sacrifices of her training—but also the frontier atmosphere of early Hollywood and New York and London during the Depression. “This is the story of an American dancer,” writes de Mille, “a spoiled egocentric wealthy girl, who learned with difficulty to become a worker, to set and meet standards, to brace a Victorian sensibility to contemporary roughhousing, and who, with happy good fortune, participated by the side of great colleagues in a renaissance of the most ancient and magical of all the arts.”

 

 

 

     
     

Dance Education Around the World : Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change

Dance has the power to change the lives of young people. It is a force in shaping identity, affirming culture and exploring heritage in an increasingly borderless world.? Creative and empowering pedagogies are driving curriculum development worldwide where the movement of peoples and cultures generates new challenges and possibilities for dance education in multiple contexts. In Dance Education around the World: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change, writers across the globe come together to reflect, comment on and share their expertise and experiences. The settings are drawn from a spectrum of countries with contributions from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and Africa giving insights and fresh perspectives into contrasting ideas, philosophies and approaches to dance education from Egypt to Ghana, Brazil to Finland, Jamaica to the Netherlands, the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and more.  

 

 

 

     
 

   

Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities : Contemporary Sacred Narratives

Presenting a rich mosaic of embodied contemporary narratives in spirituality and movement studies, this book explicitly studies the relationship between spirituality and the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education. It is the first scholarly text to focus on contemporary spirituality within the domain of dance and somatic movement studies. Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities brings together prominent authors and practitioners in order to elucidate how a wide range of sacred narratives/spiritualities are informing pedagogy, educational and therapeutic practice. As well as providing new insights and promoting creative/artistic awareness, this seminal text de-mystifies the spiritual/sacred and brings clarity and academic visibility to this largely uncharted and often misrepresented subject.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Choreographies of 21st Century Wars

Wars in this century are radically different from the major conflicts of the 20th century--more amorphous, asymmetrical, globally connected, and unending. Choreographies of 21st Century Wars is the first book to analyze the interface between choreography and wars in this century, a pertinent inquiry since choreography has long been linked to war and military training. The book draws on recent political theory that posits shifts in the kinds of wars occurring since the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, all of which were wars between major world powers. Given the dominance of today's more indeterminate, asymmetrical, less decisive wars, we ask if choreography, as an organizing structure and knowledge system, might not also need revision in order to reflect on, and intercede in, a globalized world of continuous warfare. In an introduction and sixteen chapters, authors from a number of disciplines investigate how choreography and war in this century impinge on each other. Choreographers write of how they have related to contemporary war in specific works, while other contributors investigate the interconnections between war and choreography through theatrical works, dances, military rituals and drills, the choreography of video war games and television shows. Issues investigated include torture and terror, the status of war refugees, concerns surrounding fighting and peacekeeping soldiers, national identity tied to military training, and more. The anthology is of interest to scholars in dance, performance, theater, and cultural studies, as well as the social sciences.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Body and Mind in Motion : Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation

Western contemporary dance and body-mind education have engaged in a pas de deux for more than four decades. The rich interchange of somatics and dance has altered both fields, but scholarship that substantiates these ideas through the findings of twentieth- century scientific advances has been missing. This book fills that gap and brings to light contemporary discoveries of neuroscience and somatic education as they relate to dance. Drawing from the burgeoning field of “embodiment”—itself an idea at the intersection of the sciences, humanities, arts, and technologies—Body and Mind in Motion highlights the relevance of somatic education within dance education, dance science, and body-mind studies.

 

 

 

     
     

Trisha Brown : Choreography As Visual Art

Trisha Brown re-shaped the landscape of modern dance with her game-changing and boundary-defying choreography and visual art. Art historian Susan Rosenberg draws on Brown's archives, as well as interviews with Brown and her colleagues, to track Brown's deliberate evolutionary trajectory through the first half of her decades-long career. Brown has created over 100 dances, six operas, one ballet, and a significant body of graphic works. This book discusses the formation of Brown's systemic artistic principles, and provides close readings of the works that Brown created for non-traditional and art world settings in relation to the first body of works she created for the proscenium stage. Highlighting the cognitive-kinesthetic complexity that defines the making, performing and watching of these dances, Rosenberg uncovers the importance of composer John Cage's ideas and methods to understand Brown's contributions. One of the most important and influential artists of our time, Brown was the first woman choreographer to receive the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Award.”

 

 

 

     
     

Staging Dance

Staging Dance is a practical handbook that covers all aspects of putting on a dance production. It highlights the current diversity of dance activities, choosing examples from working dance groups and from individual dancers. The book includes sections on choreography, music and sound, designing and making sets and costumes, lighting design and technical implementation and stage management. Funding, planning and publicity are also covered. Staging Dance will prove invaluable not only to dance artists, but also those working along side them: musicians, designers, lighting technicians, administrators and directors.

 

 

 

     
     

Agnes De Mille : Telling Stories in Broadway Dance

This book explores the Broadway legacy of choreographer Agnes de Mille, from the 1940s through the 1960s. Six musicals are discussed in depth - Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, Bloomer Girl, Carousel, Brigadoon, and Allegro. Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Brigadoon were de Mille's most influential and lucrative Broadway works. The other three shows exemplify aspects of her legacy that have not been fully examined, including the impact of her ideas on some of the composers with whom she worked; her ability to incorporate a previously conceived work into the context of a Broadway show; and her trailblazing foray into the role of choreographer/director. Each chapter emphasizes de Mille's unique contributions to the original productions. Several themes emerge in looking closely at de Mille's Broadway repertoire. Character development remained at the heart of her theatrical work work. She often took minor characters, represented with minimal or no dialogue, and fleshed out their stories. These stories added a layer of meaning that resulted in more complex productions. Sometimes, de Mille's stories were different from the stories her collaborators wanted to tell, which caused many conflicts. Because her unique ideas often got woven into the fabric of her musicals, de Mille saw her choreography as an authorship. She felt she should be given the same rights as the librettist and the composer. De Mille's work as an activist is an aspect of her legacy that has largely been overlooked. She contributed to revisions in dance copyright law and was a founding member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a theatrical union that protects the rights of directors and choreographers. Her contention that choreographers are authors who have their own stories to tell offers a new way of understanding the Broadway musical.

 

 

 

     
     

Ungoverning Dance : Contemporary European Theatre Dance and the Commons

Ungoverning Dance examines the work of progressive contemporary dance artists in continental Europe from the mid 1990s to 2015. Placing this within the context of neoliberalism and austerity, the book argues that these artists have developed an ethico-aesthetic approach that uses dance practices as sites of resistance against dominant ideologies, and that their works attest to the persistence of alternative ways of thinking and living. In response to the way that the radical values informing their work are continually under attack from neoliberalism, these artists recognise that they in effect share common pool resources. Thus, while contemporary dance has been turned into a market, they nevertheless value the extent to which it functions as a commons. Work that does this, it argues, ungoverns dance. The book offers close readings of works from the 1990s and 2000s by two generations of European-based dance artists: that of Jérôme Bel, Jonathan Burrows, La Ribot, and Xavier Le Roy who began showing work in the 1990s; and that of artists who emerged in the 2000s including Fabián Barba, Faustin Linyekula, Ivana Müller, and Nikolina Pristas. Topics examined include dance and precarious life, choreographing friendship, re-performance, the virtual in dance, and a dancer's experience of the Egyptian revolution. Ungoverning Dance proposes new ways of understanding recent contemporary European dance works by making connections with their social, political, and theoretical contexts.

 

 

 

     
     

Dance Leadership : Theory Into Practice

This “what is”—rather than “how to”— volume proposes a theoretical framework for understanding dance leadership for dancers, leaders, and students of both domains, illustrated by portraits of leaders in action in India, South Africa, UK, US, Brazil and Canada. What is dance leadership? Who practices it, in what setting, and why? Through performance, choreography, teaching, writing, organizing and directing, the dance leaders portrayed herein instigate change and forward movement. Illustrating all that is unique about leading in dance, and by extension the other arts, readers can engage with such wide-ranging issues as: Does the practice of leading require followers? How does one individual's dance movement act on others in a group? What does ‘social engagement' mean for artists? Is the pursuit of art and culture a human right?

 

 

 

     
 

   

Every Little Movement : A Book About Delsarte

The book begins with a discussion of Francois Delsarte as a scientist who discovered how the human body moves under the stimulus of emotions. It proceeds to the laws he developed as a result of his research and continues by discussing the application of the science of Delsarte to the art of the dance. Shawn then goes on to describe how Delsarte has influenced the development of American modern Dance.

 

 

 

     
     

The Aging Body in Dance : A Cross-cultural Perspective

What does it mean to be able to move? The Aging Body in Dance brings together leading scholars and artists from a range of backgrounds to investigate cultural ideas of movement and beauty, expressiveness and agility. Contributors focus on Euro-American and Japanese attitudes towards aging and performance, including studies of choreographers, dancers and directors from Yvonne Rainer, Martha Graham, Anna Halprin and Roemeo Castellucci to Kazuo Ohno and Kikuo Tomoeda. They draw a fascinating comparison between youth-oriented Western cultures and dance cultures like Japan's, where aging performers are celebrated as part of the country's living heritage. The first cross-cultural study of its kind, The Aging Body in Dance offers a vital resource for scholars and practitioners interested in global dance cultures and their differing responses to the world's aging population.

 

 

 

     
     

Dance and Organization : Integrating Dance Theory and Methods Into the Study of Management

Dance and Organisation is the first comprehensive work to integrate dance theory and methods into the study of management, which have developed an interest in the arts and the humanities. Dance represents dynamics and change and puts the moving body at the centre, which has been ignored and oppressed by traditional management theory. ‘Being' a leader however also means to ‘move' like one, and critical lessons can be learned from ballerinas and modern dancers. Leadership is a dialogue, as in the work of musicians, conductors and DJs who manage groups without words. Movement in organisational space, in a museum or a techno club can be understood as a choreography and site-specific performance. Movement also is practically used for leadership and employee development workshops and can be deployed as an organisational research method. By taking a firm interdisciplinary stance in dance studies and organisational research to explore management topics, reflecting on practitioner accounts and research projects, the book seeks to make an innovative contribution to our understanding of the moving body, generating new insights on teamwork, leadership, gender in management, organisational space, training and research methods. It comprises an important contribution to the organizational behaviour and critical management studies disciplines, and looks to push the boundaries of the academic literature.

 

 

 

     
 

   

Essentials of Dance Movement Psychotherapy : International Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Practice

Essentials of Dance Movement Psychotherapy contributes to the global interest in embodiment approaches to psychotherapy and to the field of dance movement psychotherapy specifically. It includes recent research, innovative theories and case studies of practice providing an inclusive overview of this ever growing field. As well as original UK contributions, offerings from other nations are incorporated, making it more accessible to the dance movement psychotherapy community of practice worldwide. Helen Payne brings together well-known, experienced global experts along with rising stars from the field to offer the reader a valuable insight into the theory, research and practice of dance movement psychotherapy. The contributions reflect the breadth of developing approaches, covering subjects including: • combining dance movement psychotherapy with music therapy; • trauma and dance movement psychotherapy; • the neuroscience of dance movement psychotherapy; • the use of touch in dance movement psychotherapy; • dance movement psychotherapy and autism; • relational dance movement psychotherapy. Essentials of Dance Movement Psychotherapy will be a treasured source for anyone wishing to learn more about the psychotherapeutic use of creative movement and dance. It will be of great value to students and practitioners in the arts therapies, psychotherapy, counselling and other health and social care professions.

 

 

     

 

 

 

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