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Featured: Our books on Dance Appreciation

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Appreciating Dance,
4th Edition

Harriet R. Lihs

The Dance Experience,
3rd Edition

Insights into History,
Culture, and Creativity
Myron Howard Nadel and Marc Raymond Strauss

Looking at
Contemporary Dance
A Guide for the Internet Age
Marc Raymond Strauss
Myron Howard Nadel

See our Books for Dance Educators page for more course books.

New DVDs

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Performed by the
Danish Royal Ballet

La Fille Mal Gardée
Choreography by
Frederic Ashton
(after Jean Dauberval)
Performed by The Royal Ballet

Nacho Duato and the Nederlands Dans Theater
Featuring Jardi Tancat
(The Closed Garden)


Celebrating the lives of great dancers and choreographers,
we remember their contributions to our dance world.

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Ina Hahn (1929-2016)

After a successful career on Broadway, appearing in such hit shows as Can-Can, The King and I, and Plain and Fancy, Ina Hahn, who studied with both Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham, launched the Windhover Center for Performing Arts in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1968. It continues to thrive today. Devoted to the works of Doris Humphrey, which she meticulously reconstructed for the Windhover Dance Company, Ina wrote and produced the DVD documentary on Humphrey, A New Dance for America.

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A New Dance for America

Murray Louis (1926-2016)

Known as one of the most influential modern dancers and choreographers, Murray, along with his partner Alwin Nikolais, created the Nikolais/Louis technique and dance company. Also know as a facile soloist, Murray produced the DVD Murray Louis in Concert (1989), showing him in top form in a wide range of his styles from comic to serious. The important instructional DVD series Dance as an Art Form, which Louis directed and narrated, illustrates the basic elements of dance, while his tribute to Alwin Nikolais, the five-part World of Alwin Nikolais, showcases Nik’s choreography.

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Murray Louis in Concert Dance as an Art Form The World of
Alwin Nikolais

Maya Plisetskaya (1925-2015)

An international superstar and prima ballerina assoluta at the Bolshoi, Maya’s early life was not easy. After her father was arrested and executed and her mother sent to a Gulag during Stalin’s purges, Maya took refuge in ballet, emerging as a survivor and a rebel. Despite later acclaim she suffered from discrimination because she was Jewish. Maya: A Portrait reveals her struggles against a repressive regime. Maya Plisetskaya: Diva of Dance shows her exquisite dancing in her most famous roles, including Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, her spellbinding solo The Dying Swan, and Swan Lake (in which she performed the dual roles of Odette/Odile more than 800 times!). Swan Lake in Four Acts (with Maya) is the ballet in its entirety.

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Maya: Portrait of
Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetkaya:
Diva of Dance

Swan Lake in Four Acts

Violette Verdy (1933-2016)

Violette began her study of ballet as a child in Paris under the Nazi occupation. Considered a prodigy, after World War II she became famous for her acting and her pure classical ballet technique with Roland Petit and Ballet Rambert, among others. Coming to America, she joined Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, where she remained for twenty years, as documented in the DVD Violette & Mr. B. He created Emeralds and other parts for her.Later,she became artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and the Boston Ballet. A gifted teacher, Violette was on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institution and Indiana University. In Violette Verdy: The Artist Teacher, she talks about her life, illustrated with rare performance clips.

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Violette Verdy:
The Artist Teacher
Violette & Mr. B

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Luigi (1925-2015)

Luigi Facciuto, noted jazz dancer, choreographer and teacher, began dancing as a child on the streets of his hometown, Steubenville, Ohio. In his twenties, he moved to Los Angeles and became involved in films, but a tragic car accident left him paralyzed and in a coma. Told by his doctor that he would never walk again, Luigi developed a series of self-healing exercises that enabled him not only to walk, but to dance. These became the basis of the jazz technique he taught in daily classes at his studio in New York City and in his book Luigi’s Jazz Warm Up.

Book: Luigi’s Jazz Warm Up

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