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Ballet & Modern Dance: A Concise History
Ballet & Modern Dance, Third Edition meets the needs of both students and inquisitive dance goers through a narrative focused on the development of Western theatrical dance from the Renaissance through the first decades of the 21st century, incorporating the most recent scholarship and projecting trends. The text is illuminated by excerpts from primary sources and embellished with 65 photos and drawings. A section of biographical profiles at the end of the book serves as a supplementary reference source. A new chapter "Ongoing Explorations" points the way to the future of dance. This edition has been updated with revisions to Chapters 8,9, and 10, new Chapters 11 and 12, updated Short Profiles, updated Bibliography, and many new photographs.
The Author, Jack Anderson, is a dance critic for The New York Times, correspondent for the Dancing Times of London, co-editor of Dance Chronicle, author the The Nutcracker Ballet and The One and Only:The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, as well as eight books of poetry.
Table of Contents:
1.The Pleasures of Dance History
2. Glimpses of the Past
3. Dance at the Royal Courts
4. The Professionalization of Ballet
5. The Sunshine and Moonlight of Romantic Ballet
6. The Imperial Russian Ballet
7. Balletic Astonishments
8. The Rise of American Ballet
9. The Phoenix of Modern Dance
10. Ballet Around the World
11. International Contemporary Dance
12 Ongoing Explorations
Appreciating Dance: A Guide
to the World's Liveliest Art
Harriet Lihs and
The Editors of Dance Horizons
Appreciating Dance, 5th Edition is a thorough and accurate history of various forms of dance, analyzing everything from social dance and ballet and modern dance to tap, jazz, theatrical dance and contemporary dance. In it readers will find a brief biography of notable dancers and choreographers, information needed to expand the enjoyment of performance; the intersection of dance and religion; the history of dance through the beginning of the 21st century; and budding dance trends. Each chapter in this fifth edition has been updated and revised with new information, suggestions for YouTube viewing, and discussion questions.
Table of Contents
1. Definitions and Origins
2. Dance and Religion
3. Social Dance
4. The Development of Ballet: From the Royal Courts to Theatrical Dance
5. Modern Dance
6. The American Originals: Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Television and Film Dance
7. Dance in the 21st Century
8. A Dancer's World: Careers and Concerns
A scholarly study of Mark Morris and his relationship with music across the span of his career.
Morris’ output is discussed in detail in three periods: 1980 to 1988 (Early Dances); 1988 to 1991 (Brussels), a period that included the fabulous l’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and his version of The Nutcracker—The Hard Nut; and 1992 to 2014 (Big Stories and Big Forms), a period that included Mozart Dances, Greek to Me, Four Saints in Three Acts, and the controversial Romeo and Juliet, as well as his collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He is the contemporary choreographer most often cited for his emphasis on musical values, choreographing in both dance and opera, and as conductor of his own music ensemble and Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival.
Includes many musical examples and chronology of works.
About the author: Stephanie Jordan, a pioneer in the field of dance research, is currently Research Professor in Dance at the University of Roehampton, London, where she was previously Head of the Department of Dance. Her previous books are Striding Out: Aspects of Contemporary and New Dance in Britain, Moving Music: Dialogues with Music in Twentieth-Century Ballet, and Stravinsky Dances: Re-Visions Across a Century – a work that began when she was commissioned by the George Balanchine Foundation in New York.
556 pages, hardbound, 34 black and white photographs, 6.5" x 9.5"
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Dialogues with Music in
Essential reading for teachers who want to include movement and dance into their lesson plans
Bringing together the traditions of creative dance and current educational theory, Creative Dance and Learning gives teachers the means to make movement expression a part of students’ lives. By helping them develop their kinesthetic intelligence, the text shows teachers how to tap into this rich modality of learning and integrate it into the many goals of education, including self-awareness, creativity, fitness, and individual and group problem-solving skills. Extensive lesson plan applications demonstrate how movement activities can be linked to academic subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. More than 25 lesson plans and 40 lesson adaptations are included so that lessons can be adapted to a wide range of age groups and settings. Creative Toolboxes offer specific activities to try with students and Concept Spotlights encapsulate lesson concepts. Lesson Worksheets and Brainstorming Lists illustrate the lesson-planning process, while chapter summaries and review questions round out this helpful resource.
About the Authors: Mary Ann Brehm has taught dance to people of all ages and abilities for more than 30 years, including courses for classroom teachers in using dance within a school setting at the Lesley University, University of Vermont, and University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. She currently offers creative dance teacher training workshops. She lives in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Lynne McNette has taught creative dance and integrated arts in school settings for 30 years. She worked for ten years as a professional development consultant for the Allied Arts Education project in Bellingham, Washington, and currently teaching at Western Washington University. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
332 pages 8-1/2 x 11 paperbound ISBN 9780871273895
Serge Diaghilev (founder of the Ballet Russes) said to Cocteau “Astonish me!” in pre-World War I Paris. Cocteau did astonish Diaghilev and the dance-going world. In an artistic career spanning five decades, and for which he was best known as poet, artist, dramatist, designer and filmmaker, Jean Cocteau was also involved directly and indirectly with nearly twenty ballets. His influence on such works as Parade, Le Jeune homme et la mort, Orphée, and La Dame à la licorne was pervasive – from the dramatic action, to lighting, to costume and set design. His creations, in collaboration with composers (like Stravinsky), artists (like Picasso) and choreographers (Fokine, Nijinsky), were fully integrated theater pieces and still performed today.
About the author: Frank Ries was a noted dance historian and iconic professor/performer at University of California, Santa Barbara who researched all of Cocteau's ballets. Dr. Ries used interviews and Cocteau's own writings, reviews and critiques – some of which have never previously been translated – in this analysis of Cocteau's involvement in the world of dance.
260 pages, hardbound, 28 black and white photographs
In the development of ballet, the Romantic period was a golden age. Of the many centers of ballet activity in those fruitful years, London made an exceptional contribution. At Her Majesty’s Theatre during the 1840s, the greatest choreographic genius of his day, Jules Perrot, produced a series of masterpieces featuring the brightest stars in an unprecedented galaxy of ballerinas dancing alongside one another. Perrot’s achievement is the highlight of Ivor Guest’s classic study, which also describes the developments which led up to it and the sad decline that came shortly afterward.
From an exhaustive examination of contemporary accounts and memoirs, the great Ivor Guest brings to life the personalities of international stars such as Taglioni and Elssler, Cerrito and Carlotta Grisi. A companion to the author’s The Romantic Ballet in Paris, this book is the story of an important period in ballet history and of those who played their part in it.
204 pages, hardbound, 24 black and white illustrations.
DBL 01724 $44.95
The Pagan Ballerina
Fanny Elssler (1810-1884) was one of the most brilliant stars of the Romantic ballet. The rival of equally famous Marie Taglioni, she represented the passionate expression of the dance. Théophile Gautier (poet, dramatist, novelist, art and literary critic) distinguished the two ballerinas by describing Elssler as a pagan dancer and Taglioni as a Christian dancer. Her style found its true expression in her famous Spanish character dance Cachucha. Even more, it was her dramatic genius that conquered the audiences before whom she appeared.
She approached, more closely than any other ballerina of her time, the ideal of the complete dancer-actress, and her example lives on today in the tradition that modern ballerinas follow in of Giselle. In Ivor Guest's biography her performances come vividly to life through eyewitness accounts, and the story of her life is told with a wealth of detail, much of it hitherto unpublished. Among the highlights are Elssler's adventurous tour of the United States (she was the first great ballerina to cross the Atlantic), her fantastic triumphs in Russia, and the persistent legend of her liaison with the son of Napoleon. This is the definitive study of one of the greatest figures in the history of ballet.
About the author: Ivor Guest began his research into the history of ballet over sixty years ago, and has published more than thirty books on the subject. Many of his books are standard specialist works noted not only for the depth of his research and his understanding of the political, social, and artistic background, but for their readability. He has long been prominently involved with the Royal Academy of Dance, which, under his chairmanship from 1969 to 1993, enjoyed a period of great expansion. He is now a Vice-President.
318 pages, hardbound, 62 black and white illustrations
Myron Howard Nadel and Marc Raymond Strauss
Highlighting the broad range of types of dance—ballet, modern tap, jazz, ballroom, Broadway, on the movie screen, African and Japanese, folk—this collection features a variety of engaging essays written by experts in their fields.
This guide provides an understanding of the history, evolution, and universality of dance as an art form.
The book invites readers to experience and critique a performance by understanding the creative processes that make the performance: choreography, the contribution of the dancer to the dance, costume design, lighting design, technical theater, dance notation, technique.
This engaging collection of eighteen original essays considers ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance, Broadway and movie dance, folk, ethnic, and social dance as well as aspects of technique, choreography, lighting, and costuming. Providing an understanding of the history, evolution, and universality of dance, it explores the significance of dance in culture, its relationship to other art forms, and the creative process.
Each chapter is an in-depth study written by an expert on the subject. An extensive annotated appendix of DVD/Film resources gives suggestions for viewing dance to enhance the dance experience.
This edition has been reorganized and updated, with five new chapters.
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About the Authors
Marc Raymond Strauss is Professor of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University and co-editor with Myron Nadel of Looking at Contemporary Dance.
Myron Howard Nadel was Professor of Dance at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He was founding Chair of the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee, Coordinator for Music Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of Performing Arts at Buffalo State College.
400 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
This “how to” book lays out the sequence of planning from establishing a mission statement and auditions to performing and touring. The technical aspects of theater are covered as well as costuming, lighting, makeup, publicity, and fundraising. The reader is first asked to create a fictional company and follow it through every step, providing a virtual experience. Equally useful for colleges and schools, dance studios, and professional and amateur companies.
Heather Trommer-Beardslee, MA is a member of the dance faculty at Central Michigan University where she teaches Dance Production and Management, and directs the University Concert Dance Theater. She is also the booking agent for Jump Rhythm Jazz, an award-winning company based in Chicago. Prior to her position at CMU she directed two dance studios.
125 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, 15 illustrations
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In addition to creating powerful dance works, Erick Hawkins developed a comprehensive and universal system of dance training. This book contains detailed explanation of the Hawkins technique that ranges from coverage of basic principals to a complete class syllabus. The text is supported by an abundance of illustrations, photographs and Labanotation examples.
198 pages, paperbound, 6” x 9”, 35 photographs, 50 line drawings
Thinking Through Dance
The Philosophy of Dance Performance and Practices
Jenny Bunker, Anna Pakes, Bonnie Rowell, Editors
The philosophy of dance is a burgeoning field of enquiry. This volume represents something of the breadth of international research currently underway. It draws together contributors who are professional philosophers, dance scholars and dance practitioners from Britain, continental Europe, the United States and South Africa. Individual essays draw on different philosophical traditions, including analytic, phenomenological, and post-cultural. The primary focus is on theater dance in the Western tradition.
The editors are colleagues at the University of Roehampton, London
320 pages, paperbound
Embodied Politics presents four case studies that center on social issues in the United States and Britain. America’s left-wing dance roots are traced through Edith Segal’s work in 1920s summer camps and her union activism in Detroit in the late 1930s. In Britain, dancer-choreographer Margaret Barr and composer Alan Bush emerge as catalysts behind 1930s leftist modern dance. In an analysis of contemporary dance, San Francisco’s dance community activism contributes to innovative collaborative productions. Britain’s influential South Asian dance presence is explored through its practitioners’ grassroots efforts linked to dance education and training.
The author: Stacey Prickett is a Principal Lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, London.
296 pages, paperbound
68 pages of photographs
By Marc Raymond Strauss
With Myron Howard Nadel
A decade-by-decade approach to the 20th and 21st centuries, covering more than 110 choreographers, companies, institutions, and dancers from both modern dance and ballet, and over 220 search addresses. Ideal for use in smart classrooms where, with the pressing of a few keys, teachers can present clips of dances from the Internet to illustrate the text and supplement their lectures. A videography for each chapter provides information for viewing complete works and documentaries.
About the Authors: Marc Raymond Strauss is Professor of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University and co-editor with Myron Nadel of the Third Edition of The Dance Experience.
Myron Howard Nadel is Professor of Dance at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He was founding Chair of the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee, Coordinator for Music Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of Performing Arts at Buffalo State College.
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208 pages, paperbound
Back In Print:
The Makers of Modern Dance in America
by Joseph H. Mazo
The story of the creators of a new art form: Loïe Fuller, Duncan, St. Denis, Shawn, Humphrey, Graham, Cunningham, Nikolais, Ailey, Taylor and Tharp, with additional material from the author’s writings about Erick Hawkins, Judith Jamison, Garth Fagan, Trisha Brown, Laura Dean, Ulysses Dove, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Ralph Lemon, Mark Morris and Bill T. Jones—an astonishing, courageous, colorful group.
350 pages, paperbound, 6" x 9", 70 photographs
Modern Dance Forms
In Relation to the Other Modern Arts
Louis Horst and Carroll Russell
Preface by Janet Mansfield Soares,
Foreword by Martha Graham
By relating the development of modern dance to movements in painting, architecture, drama, and music, Horst prompts students to develop a keen eye for emerging trends in the arts as a continual resource for dance.
151 pages, paperbound, 5-1/2" x 8"
Janice Barringer and Sarah Schlesinger
The only book of its kind, rewritten throughout, takes the mystery out of a confusing field. Dancers and students quickly benefit from the most current research—offering the latest information on hundreds of shoe designs, products and suppliers.
The fundamentals of buying, preparing, and wearing pointe shoes are presented, including a detailed list of the many possible characteristics of each shoe.
In discussing pointe shoe readiness, the authors present an array of contemporary views about when students should go on pointe—then, the way major ballet schools integrate pointe work into their classes, with in-depth opinions from David Howard, Suki Schorer and Steven Wistrich, among others. They take an intensive look at pointe-related injuries to the foot and ankle, their remedies, therapies, and exercises, and medical and therapy providers.
An understanding of the relationship between a ballerina and her shoes is gained by listening to the greatest dancers—like Paloma Herrera, Jenifer Ringer, Gillian Murphy and Evelyn Cisneros—talk about how they found the perfect fit and the joy of dancing on pointe.
Janice Barringer danced professionally for more than twenty-five years, and now teaches, choreographs, writes and creates classroom CDs and instructional DVDs. She has written articles for Dancer, Pointe, Dance, Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines. She has served on the faculty of the American Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Harkness House, and Steps on Broadway, and is now a professor of dance at Pace University in New York City
Sarah Schlesinger has extensive experience fitting pointe shoes and solving pointe shoe-related problems as former owner of Capezio Dance Theater Shops in Maryland and Delaware. She is now Chairperson of the graduate musical theater writing program in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Paperbound • PBC01553 ISBN 9780871273550
Hardbound • PBC01554 • ISBN 9780871273574
Bringing together all of the major modern dance techniques, this engaging account is the first of its kind. The discussion starts with the contributions of the pre-moderns, Delsarte, Dalcroze, Duncan, and Denishawn, and concludes with training in the present era. It provides a comparative approach that will enable students to try each technique with sample lessons and to contrast the different philosophies. The author pairs Martha Graham with Doris Humphrey, Katherine Dunham with Lester Horton, José Limón with Erick Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis with Merce Cunningham. Paul Taylor has his own chapter, leading to the book’s conclusion on how modern dance training is currently approached.
The purpose is to examine a broad spectrum of classic modern techniques and to provide practical studio applications. The techniques are placed within historical and cultural contexts, so that we see the interconnectedness of choreography with history. The book is divided into teaching units, with each chapter pairing compatible or contrasting training systems. Each unit contains core ideas, a series of journaling and discussion topics, and experiments in improvisation; technical genesis which includes biographical sketches on the choreographers with brief discussions of their choreographies and companies, and a presentation of class material; final questions and experiments address basic ideas that students can use to further their understanding of the material presented in the unit.
1. The Expressionists: François Delsarte, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Isadora Duncan, Denishawn
2. The Originators: Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey
3. The Mavericks: Katherine Dunham, Lester Horton
4. The Next Generation: José Limón, Erick Hawkins
5. The Avant-Garde: Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis,
6. Postmodernism: Paul Taylor
7. Post-Judson Training Practices
A. Economy of Movement
B. Improving Your
C. Somatics and the Dance Technique Class
Joshua Legg is a performer, choreographer, director and writer whose teaching credits include Harvard University (where he received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching), Suffolk University, Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Shenandoah Conservatory (where he received an MFA). He has served as a master teacher and guest lecture/speaker for ACDFA conferences, ADF’s Paul Taylor Institute, the
Dance Teacher Summit and various universities. Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques grew out of his writing for Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines. Joshua is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
264 pages, paperbound
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With a nearly 100% chance of sustaining injury
in a lifetime of dance, this book shows how
dancers can keep on dancing.
by Judith R. Peterson, M.D.
Written for dancers –student and professional, teachers, and parents by a dance medicine specialist, this exciting new book will quickly become indispensible because of its concise information about health, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and the treatment of common problems.
Designed as a tour of the body from head to toe, it includes advice specific to dancers’ well-being, such as body awareness and self-image, diet and eating disorders, whiplash,
stress fractures, turn-out, and painful and damaged knees, feet, and toes; and the excellent five critical things to know and
five great exercises for each part of the body at the end of each chapter. With a nearly 100% chance of sustaining injury in a lifetime of dance, this book shows how dancers can keep on dancing by knowing how the body functions and recognizing conditions that require a medical professional.
Profusely illustrated with drawings and with radiographic images from Thomas
Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, the book’s visual appeal is enhanced by stunning performance photographs of leading members of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
The author: Judith R. Peterson, M.D., was the attending physician to the Pennsylvania Ballet for ten years. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and is certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Medical Specialties. After graduating from Harvard University, she received her medical degree from Weill Cornell School of Medicine and did residency training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, an affiliate of Northwestern
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PBC00375 182 pages paperbound $29.95
PBC00376 182 pages hard cover $59.95
You have been trained to dance, but have you been trained to teach? Where do you start? What do you do in each class, and how do you progress, and how fast? Judith Newman answers these questions and many more with clarity and simplicity so that the beginning ballet teacher can enter the studio with knowledge and confidence – and a plan.
This “how to” book is written from the author’s 30-plus years of teaching ballet (beginning with trial and error) so that teachers today will have a better experience when facing their first class of seven-year-olds. “I didn’t have a clue,” she says. But you will.
The first advice is: be prepared. Allow enough time to warm up, clear your mind of
distractions, compose a class that has too much material rather than too little, and memorize what you are going to teach (rather than to shuffle through papers).
In the classroom: dress appropriately (you are the model), speak loudly and clearly, use
French terminology and teach your students to do so, demonstrate correctly and beautifully, memorize the names of your students.
The last chapter, Your Own Studio, will be invaluable for running the studio, how to set rules, dealing with behavior problems, assessing progress, and professional ethics.
As the first year syllabus begins, the author provides a guideline, not a timetable. She allows for adapting the syllabus to the needs of your students.
With complete syllabi for each of the three years of beginning ballet instruction, this guide is perfect for helping dancers transition into becoming dance teachers and refreshing the skills of current dance instructors.
Judith Newman trained at the Miami Conservatory and the School of American Ballet.
She performed as soloist with the National Ballet, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She began teaching ballet in 1970, opening her own studio. In1982 she joined the faculty of the distinguished New World School of the Arts in Miami, becoming Associate Professor.
200 pages, paperbound, 8-½” x 11”
208 photographs demonstrating ballet positions
Back in Print
Exercises for Classroom,
Gym and Playground
“A rich resource for educators to introduce Yoga
into the learning environment..."
Theresa Purcell Cone, PhD, dance and physical education specialist
Dozens of simple Hath Yoga-based exercises tailored for students fill this resource. Each featured posture can be practiced in as few as three minutes. They develop concentration, improve motor skills and boost strength, flexibility and balance while enhancing relationships.
Table of Contents
One: Why Yoga in Your School
The Author: Terresa Asencia, M.A.CUNY has taught Yoga and creative dance for thirty years and is currently teaching in Kerala, India.
106 pages, 120 black and white photographs
From Dance Books Ltd., London
My Years with Cyril Beaumont
In London, a few steps from the bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road, made famous by the film starring Ann Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, and Dame Judi Densch, stood the quirky dance bookshop at Number 75 operated by Cyril Beaumont, At the Sign of the Harlequin’s Bat. “Mr. B,” as he is known in this memoir, was a master of all things balletic as writer, publisher, critic, and historian. The author, Isabelle Stoughton, was hired as his assistant in the shop in 1953, which had remained largely unchanged since it opened in 1910. Here she reveals Mr. B’s character as showing both good humor and irascibility, not concealing his displeasure to customers he disliked, yet kissing her on the cheeks every morning. At the end of her employment in 1956 the author marries a customer, a medical student with more than a ballet interest in the shop.
104 pages, paperbound
by Ann Hutchinson Guest and Rob Van Haarst
Canon Forms shows how to write in Labanotation the choreographic device of canon. It analyses the different forms of canon and shows how they have been applied in George Balanchine’s Seranade and Stars and Stripes, and in Paul Taylor’s Esplanade.
Paperback, 102 pages 6¾” x 9¾”
by Ann Hutchinson Guest and Rob Van Haarst
This book shows the application of design drawing and the use of shape in pantomime gestures and the handling of props in such choreography as The Green Table by Kurt Jooss.
Paperback, 104 pages 6¾” x 9¾”
by Ann Hutchinson Guest and Rob Van Haarst
A comprehensive manual for writing movement when the body is not supported by the feet; i.e.: get up from lying, lie down from standing, roll from sitting onto the knees etc. Also offers a complete survey of Labanotation rules about distance, timing, systems of reference, weight distribution and floor contact.
Paperback, 218 pages, 6¾” x 9¾”
by Rosa Shreves
For teachers of children ages 6 through 9, Imaginary Dances provides 9 themes, giving a wide variety of dance and related experiences. Visual art forms and creating music with voice or percussion instruments are frequently interwoven in to the dance ideas. The emphasis throughout the book is on fostering the interconnections between the body, mind and imagination.
Paperback, 112 pages 8¼” x 11¾” 62 illustrations
Ninette de Valois and
Wiliam Butler Yeats
by Richard Allen Cave
“They met in Cambridge in May 1927 in the foyer of the Festival Theatre; her major conquests lay before her; his career as poet, dramatist, theatre director and practitioner was at a peak.” This scholarly study looks at de Valois’ involvement with Yeats’ four dance plays at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre as performer and choreographer: Fighting the Waves, The Dreaming of the Bones, At the Hawk’s Well, The King of the Great Clock Tower.
The author is Professor Emeritus in Drama and Theatre Arts
at the University of
168 pages, 48 photographs, paperbound, 2011
Hilary S. Carty
Originally published in 1988, Folk Dances of Jamaica is a detailed practical and theoretical discussion of five Jamaican folk dances – the Kumina, Dinkie Minie, Quadrille, Bruckin’s, and Revival. Illustrated with bold drawings by “H” Patten. The book provides practical information on both technique and performance.
The author conducted her research in traditional settings in Jamaica and at the Jamaica School of Dance.
98 pages, paperbound
ISBN 978-1-85273-007-9, republished 2010
Appreciating Dance • 4th Edition
|Appreciating Dance, 4th Edition, is a concise, thorough, and accurate history and current picture of all forms of dance. It gives a brief biography of many of the notable dancers and choreographers who have contributed to each form of dance, and provides, in a nutshell, the information needed to expand the enjoyment of performance. It also details the development of dance from its earliest beginnings, and covers the intersection of dance and religion, social dance, ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, film and theatrical dance, and contemporary dance. This edition has been revised throughout and includes a new last chapter “Dance in the New Millennium.” Adding to its usefulness are lists of Social Dances of Europe and America, Basic Ballet Terminology, Hollywood Movie Musicals, and Dance Organizations, as well as Suggested Readings and Filmographies.
1. Origins and Definitions
2. Dance and Religion
3. Social Dance
4. Bugaku and Ballet: From Royal Courts to Theatrical Dance
5. Modern Dance: New Voices, New Ideas
6. Tap, Jazz, Musical and Film Dance: The American Originals
7. Careers in Dance
8. Dance in the New Millennium
160 pages paperbound
About the Author: Harriet R. Lihs is Associate Professor of Dance at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, she received a BA and MA from the University of Iowa, and an MFA from Smith College.
Adopted for courses at:
Cal. State University, Dominguez Hills; Christopher Newport College; College of the Canyons; Cuyahoga Community College; De Anza College; Drexel University; Dutchess Comm. College (NY); East Stroudsburg State University (PA); El Camino College; Houston Community College; Howard College; Lamar University; Linfield College; Lone Star College (TX); Mercyhurst College; Middle Tennessee State University; Monmouth University (NJ); Montclair State University; Old Dominion University; Queens College (CUNY); San Antonio College; Slippery Rock State University (PA); Springfield College; St. Catharine College (KY); Stephen F. Austin State University (TX); Texas Woman's University; University of Alberta; University of Central Missouri; University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Charlotte; University of South Florida; University of Tulsa, Richland College (TX); University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Utah Valley University; Washington College; Weber State University; Western Michigan University; Winthrop University; York Regional School District (Canada)
Exploring and Developing Rudolf Laban’s Ideas for the 21st Century: Presentations from the Laban International Conference October 2008, At Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London
Edited by Valerie Preston-Dunlap and Lesley-Anne Sayers
To mark the 50th anniversary of Laban’s death, presenters and delegates from 26 countries gathered to discuss how and where his work is being practiced today, how his ideas are being developed, and how relevant they are to the 21st century. The answers were provided in some 80 presentations, 31 of which have been collected and edited for this volume. The subjects range from: choreography, movement analysis, choreology, the documentation of performing arts, architecture, therapy, and education to the training of the dancer, actor and musical conductor.
266 pages, paperback
Edited by Ivor Guest
In 1960, when Frederick Ashton choreographed his version of La Fille Mal Gardée, The Dancing Times of London published a collection of articles about the ballet edited by the distinguished historian, Ivor Guest, which has now been reprinted. The 1960 production is discussed by the work’s creators: Ashton himself, the designer Osbert Lancaster, the musical arranger John Lanchberry, and the ballerina Nadia Nerina. Historical perspective is provided by Tamara Karsavina, Winifred Edwards, Ivor Guest, Lillian Moore, and Marina Grut.
103 pages paperback. 28 black and white photos.
Back In Print in Paperback
By Kathrine Sorley Walker
Drawn partly from the scattered remnants of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and partly from extraordinary new talent, Colonel
Vassili de Basil’s company of dancers, founded in 1932, kept alive the heritage of Russian ballet for a period spanning virtually twenty years, touring in Europe, the USA, Central and South America, and Australasia. It preserved the greatest of the Diaghilev ballets and mounted many new ones, among them major works by Balanchine,Fokine, Massine,
Nijinska, and Lichine. It provided a brilliant showcase for established dancers such as Danilova, Woizikovsky, and Massine, and launched the “baby ballerinas” Toumanova,
Baronova, and Riabouchinska. The
company appeared not only in great capitals but in places where classical dance had rarely if ever been seen before. The story of the de Basil ballet is one of glamour, mystery, and obsessive dedication.
Kathrine Sorley Walker is an eminent British ballet critic and historian. Her reviews have appeared in the London Daily Telegraph and she has contributed to journals such as Dance Chronicle and The Dancing Times. Her other books are Ninette de Valois: Idealist without Illusions, and Cyril W. Beaumont: Dance Writer and Publisher.
368 pages, including 32 pages of photographs, paperback
DBL 00403 $29.95
This British import by a former professional dancer turned nutritionist is a general nutrition book with plenty of sound advice for the dancer or non-dancer. Readers in North America may be puzzled by references to British foods such as plaice, fromage frais, quorn, jelly pot, passata, fruit squash; feel queasy about a recipe for potato and fish pie; and wonder at the need to convert body weight from stones to pounds. Nevertheless, from calculating individual calorie requirements, reducing body fat, performance preparation, nutrition for the young dancer, recovery from injury, this book provides helpful information.
204 pages, paperback, 2009
Although the name Rambert is now associated with modern dance, Marie Rambert, the founder of the Rambert Dance Company, was one of the instigators of the flowering of English Ballet in the 1930s. She nurtured and guided a remarkable number of gifted choreographers, notably Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Walter Gore, Norman Morrice and Christopher Bruce. Lively, witty, unpredictable, often outrageous, 'Mim' is about Marie Rambert, the woman, from her upbringing in her native Poland until her death in 1982 at the age of 94.
204 pages, 16 pages of photographs, paperbound
Kathrine Sorley Walker
Sir Robert Helpmann was a consummate man oif the theatre, equally proficient as dancer or actor, in comedy or tragedy, and as a choreographer or director. In this book Kathrine Sorley Walker surveys a career which spanned more than five decades in multiple disciplines. He was a member of the Vic-Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950,partnering Margot Fonteyn in her famous roles. Later he became associated with the Royal Ballet and served as artistic director and choreographer for the Australian Ballet. He is perhaps best known to the general public for his part in The Red Shoes.
The author: Kathrine Sorley Walker is a British ballet critic and historian.
224 pages, 16 pages of photographs, paperbound
(Translated from Danish by Patricia N. McAndrew)
Harald Lander (1905-1971) was the most important figure in the history of the Royal Danish Ballet in the 20th Century. During his 19 years as Artistic Director (1932-1951) he laid the foundations for the worldwide fame which the company gained in the second part of the century. Following a scandal in 1951, Lander left Denmark to become ballet master and choreographer at the Paris Opera Ballet and, for a time, the head of its ballet school.
This biography dispels many of the myths and rumors about this remarkable man, and chronicles his fall from grace and ultimate rehabilitation.
432 pages (including 48 pages of black and white photos)
DBL 00725 $60.00
Rolf de Maré
Art Collector, Ballet Director, Museum Curator
With a fortune inherited from one of Sweden ’s wealthiest families, Rolf de Maré (1888-1964) was able indulge in a life in the arts as an art collector, a ballet director, and a museum founder. He has often been compared to Diaghilev by creating his own company, the Ballets Suédois, in Paris (1920-1925), which attracted many of the leading painters, poets, and composers of the time such as Cocteau, Leger, Picabia, Satie, and Claudel. His home was a magnet for a cosmopolitan elite from both the art world and Parisian high society in the 1920s. He opened the first dance museum in Paris in 1933 and, after his death, left his impressive art collection to the Paris Opera Museum and to the Stockholm Dance Museum.
The author, Erik Näslund, is the Director of the Stockholm Dance Museum.
616 pages (including over 1,000 illustrations, many in color)
DBL 01723 $95.00
Body, Beautiful Mind
The Power of Positive Imagery:
Over 80 Exercises and a 10-Day Beauty Program
expert Eric Franklin emphasizes lifestyle and positive mental
attitude rather than surgery, creams or pills, in this guide to
staying young through mental stimulation, self-talk, setting of
goals, motivation, and relaxation. He takes you on a journey through
the body from the face, to joints, bones, muscles, organs, glands,
and the nervous system, with specific exercises for rejuvenating
each part. The concluding 10-Day Beauty Program provides a selection
of different mental and physical techniques designed to produce
results that can be seen and felt in only 10 days. Illustrated
with 84 drawings and 12 photos.
168 pages paperbound
Writings on Modern Dance
Selected and Edited by Charles Humphrey Woodford
collection of essays, lectures and notes reveals the inspiration
behind the choreography of modern dance founder Doris Humphrey.The
fundamentals of composition: form, content and execution are expressed
in her own spirited words, providing an intimate look at the creative
process. Notes made before and during the making of forty-one
of her dances show how she put her choreographic principles and
world view into dance, including some of her best-known masterpieces:
Water Study, The Shakers,Two Ecstatic Themes, New Dance, With
My Red Fires, Passacaglia in C minor, Day on Earth, Night Spell.
pages, hardbound, jacketed,
Ann Kipling Brown
Labanotation is one of the most widely used systems
of dance notation in the world today, and this elementary textbook
provides practical instructions for the study of its basic principles.
Students using it will examine the elements of movement and notation,
and practice dances they have created themselves, as well as learn
about dances created by established choreographers.
The principles of the system are presented in a sequence of clear,
graded lessons, illustrated with numerous examples and supplemented
with practical exercises in reading and writing, with each section
of the text presenting logical progressions of exploring and recording
84 pages, paperback
An Extraordinary Life
Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) was a visionary, a mystic,
a lover, a leader, a dancer, an artist, a teacher, and a theorist.
This is the story of his extraordinary life, a life intimately
bound up with the political, social and cultural upheavals that
formed the turbulent backdrop of modern Europe. He witnessed the
dissolution of the old order and was caught up in the rise of
Nazism from which he was eventually forced to flee to Britain.
He made his lasting impact in movement and dance, uncovering the
interconnectedness of the body and the psyche, the individual
and the group; and he devised a revolutionary method of movement
notation that continues its use and influence today. His ideas
have generated innovations, not just in dance, but also in acting
and performance, in the study of nonverbal communication, in ergonomics,
in educational theory and child development, in personality assessment
and psychotherapy. This book tells the story of his life of idealism,
disillusion and determination.
320 pages, paperbound
Romantic Ballet in Paris
of the romantic ballet, as well as the choreographers, composers,
designers, and balletomanes of the time are brought to life in
a colorful panorama of this great age of French ballet. The age
of romanticism in the first half of the nineteenth century was
one of the greatest periods in the history of ballet. In a span
of three decades (1820 to 1847) ballet became what it had never
been beforea major theater art, gaining new vitality and
meaning from the ideas of the romantic movement which rapidly
infiltrated each one of its component parts: scenarios, music,
décor, choreography and dance style.
center of the romantic ballet was the Paris Opéra. Its
high priest was the poet Théophile Gautier, who wrote the
scenarios of Giselle and other ballets. He explained the dual
nature of the romantic ballet by contrasting the two rival ballerinas,
the spiritual Taglioni and the passionate Elssler.
definitive study, completely revised and updated, handsomely produced
and beautifully illustrated, is based on exhaustive research of
the archives of the Paris Opéra and printed and pictorial
sources of the time.
An Analysis and Description of the Cecchetti Method of Classical
Hutchinson Guest and Toby Bennett
Cecchetti Legacy provides a more detailed account of the Cecchetti
Method, one of the great classical methods of teaching ballet,
than has yet been published. Both word descriptions and Labanotation
are used to describe style and technique (body integration,
dynamics and space, the use of the head and torso, the use of
the arms and the use of the leg and foot) and the enchainements
(barre work, port de bras, center practice, adage, center pirouettes,
allegro, des pas sur les pointes, steps for men, tours en diagonale
and tours round the room). For those teachers and students who
cannot read Labanotation there is much in the written text that
will both supplement and clarify a great deal of what is already
available in the Cecchetti manuals, although an ability to read
Labanotation would be very helpful in using this book.
complete Labanotation score, drawing on wide sources of information,
as well as exploring more detailed descriptions of movement texture
and timing (those extras that give the style its character
and exceed mere word instruction), will enable future dance students
and scholars to access an even more comprehensive account of Enrico
index, guide to weekly exercises, illustrated
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the Black Question
The Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon
dynamic cultural history of the internationally celebrated Phoenix
Dance Company, unique in several ways: its members were in their
teens when they formed the company in 1981, they gained recognition
very early in their careers through an established television
arts program in 1984, they were skillful performers but had not
received formal training, they were based in the north of England
at a time when most dance centered in London (and New York), and
they were black British men who had known each other since childhood,
coming from a tight-knit African-Caribbean community.
children, they learned a lot from London Contemporary Dance
Theatre and watched videos of Twyla Tharp, Netherlands Dance Company,
Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey Company.
complex narrative, played out through gender, ethnicity and class,
places Phoenix as a significant artistic force in contemporary
dance. One of the paradoxes it faced was the expectation by funding
bodies, critics and audiences that it represent the black
community. Such expectations posed a challenge for each
successive artistic director. This provocative story investigates
institutional racism on the part of arts policy makers, funders
pages, paperbound, 6" x 9"
Re-Visions Across a Century
Jordans ground-breaking survey and close examination of
a range of Stravinsky dancessome familiar, others less sosheds
new, unexpected light upon a renowned composer of ballet music.
This book is essential reading for scholars and students in the
fields of dance, music and interdisciplinary studies.
Struggle with the Angel
A Poetics of Lloyd Newsons Strange Fish
From the book: Theoretically and methodologically,
this text offers a contribution to the development of interpretive
theory in the arts and to the analysis of performance practices.
Topical, conceptual, and methological problems
are explored through an extended analysis of Strange Fish
(1992) by Lloyd Newson and the DV8 Physical Theatre (UK)
...I ask how it comments on and reconstructs
the story of Christ. It uses well-known moments and
images from the story of his life and draws on the morality found
in biblical tales.
...In ironic contrast, it challenges Christian
views of morality at a time of discomfort for the Church. Evidence
emerges of explicit homosexuality, of child abuse, and the fathering
of illegitimate children. This evidence invites the view that
theological attacks on different forms of sexuality are mendacious
268 pages, paperbound, 6" x 9"
Princeton Book Company/
& Skin Care for Dance, Cheer,
Show Choir, Pageants & Ice Skating
invaluable resource, beauty guide, and instructional book
that educates and empowers performance artists!
Linda Bernabei-Retter, President, Stagewear L.A. Costume
The perfect book for every performer, mom, studio owner
and applier of makeup of every age! Easy to read in a
logical format that presents must-have knowledge.
Doug Shaffer, President, Music Works
a must have for all performers!
You do not need to search any further than this wonderful book.
Tremaine, President, Joe Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions
Starting with the essentials of basic skin care and maintenance,
this comprehensive guide details tips and techniques for handling
the unique makeup needs of performance athletes such as dancers,
cheerleaders, gymnasts, and skaters. Following a discussion of
the different skin types, daily routines and various productsincluding
herbal remediesthe guide lays the groundwork for the creation
of a flawless, long-lasting, face. In addition to detailing the
fundamentals of makeup application, the book explains how to make
allowances for extreme and varied conditions of performance spaces
and demonstrates how to camouflage individual flaws. A section
on character faces includes directions for creating a Spanish
flamenco, a cabaret star, a ballerina angel, and a cat.
About the Author: Christine
Dion has more than 25 years of experience as a makeup artist and
is the owner of Mode Dion, a cosmetics and makeup training company
that specializes in providing cosmetics and education to performing
artists. As an educator and trainer she has collaborated with
companies such as Chanel, Estée Lauder Corporation, and
Gucci. She is the producer of the film The Competition Face:
The Winning Look and has written for American Cheerleader,
Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher. She lives in Palm
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146 full color photographs
available in this series
High Performance Beauty DVDs
Junior Stage Face
juniors (under 11 years), and those who help them with their make-up,
how to achieve a flawless performance face Easy, fast and comforting,
Christine guides the viewer through techniques that are designed
just for children who are, at times, uneasy with the experience
of makeup application. From achieving perfect brows (the frame),
beautiful open eyes, flawless skin, enhancing small features and
adding show appeal, this instructional will show you the way to
a professional, age appropriate, polished performance face.
Senior/Adult Stage Face
teens and adults how to get a flawless stage face. Perfect for
dance, cheer and show choir. Easy to follow application techniques
along with enlightening dos and donts. Discusses using
neutral colors to compliment every costume change. Demonstrates
how to define features and add show appeal for the most polished
Exercises for Classroom, Gym and Playground
in Your School presents a series of short Yoga breaks
designed for teachers to easily insert into their daily classroom
schedule. Each posture or breathing technique may be practiced
in less than three minutes, so that they may be used regularly
or as needed, when attention or energy begins to wane. The short
segments may also be combined to create longer sequences for physical
education classes, playgrounds, athletic and recreation centers,
camps and dance schools. This book is designed to jump off the
pages and inspire teachers to adapt the exercises to work in their
particular circumstance with no additional training. These simple
movement exercises are designed to develop concentration, improve
motor skills and physical fitness, develop strength, flexibility
simply taking a few moments to stop between activities to breathe
and stretch, teachers may create a harmonious classroom with calm
alert children who are receptive and eager to learn.
the next ten years, Yoga in school will be the norm.
Gates, Child magazine
the Author: Teressa Asencia, B.A. University of Iowa, M.A.
City University of New York, has taught Yoga for twenty five years
in California, New York, Canada, China, Tunisia and France and
continues to teach Yoga workshops internationally. She wrote and
produced three Yoga series for Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and
is the author of Playful Family Yoga.
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129 black & white photographs
Explorations in the City of Light
Discovered is a collection of 50 probing
chapters intended for armchair travelers and visitors to the City
of Light. Digging deep into Paris memories, the author has
discovered patterns of the past that have left tangible imprints
on the city today. McAuliffe explores Paris through space and
time, from the top of Notre Dame to the medieval aqueducts that
still lie beneath its streets; from the Impressionists Path
to the barricades of Les Miserables; from Abélard
and Héloïse to Napoleon; from the antiques of Village
Saint-Paul to the new hot spot for shopping, Viaduc des Arts.
She unearths the Paris that charmed Benjamin Franklin, Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams in the eighteenth century - and George
Gershwin and Ernest Hemingway in the twentieth century. In her
explorations, McAuliffe discovers a hidden river, the Bièvre,
and follows its course. You feel that you are on an adventure
with the author as she investigates the city and discovers surprises
such as a twelfth century chapel disguised as a private house!
Or a mysterious small round building with a distinctive cupola
that turns out to be part of an ancient waterworks! Full of off-the-beaten
path excursions and little known historical facts about prominent
locations, Paris Discovered intrigues and englightens.
Cloth bound, 288 pages 6" x 9"
An International Anthology
of Poems on Dance
by Alkis Raftis
105 poems that comprise this anthology are as delightfully varied
in voice as the dancing that inspires them. With this collection,
Raftis proposes that we celebrate the diversity of dance and hear
poetrys response to the many languages of the body. Poets
include Denise Levertov, William Carlos Williams, Lord Byron,
Langston Hughes, D.H. Lawrence, Sadi, Claude McKay, Euripedes,
Li Po, Thomas Hardy, Theodore Roethke, Rainer Maria Rilke and
pages, paperbound, 6" x 9"
A Guide for Preschool and Elementary School Teachers
joyful book guides and encourages teachers to incorporate movement
into classroom learning. Included are seventy easy and fun classroom
movement activities that serve as examples for you to use when
creating your own variations, even if you have not studied movement
or dance. Lesson plans provide models for building your own.
book provides an historical overview of dancing in U.S. public
education curriculum during the twentieth and twenty first century.
It identifies the objectives of physical education curriculum,
kinesthetic reinforcement of classroom learning, and arts education,
all in relation to dance education. In addition to giving a strong
argument for the value of movement awareness during educational
development, this book includes resource lists and a specialized
index of movement, activities and dances.
really enjoyed reading this book and trying ideas out with my
Chris Roberts, 4th grade teacher, Utah
has been successful in laying out intricate concepts in a direct,
comprehensive and organized fashion.
Bashaw, Director of Dance Education, New York University
the Author: Ann Dunkin has a Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory
from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in Human
Development Education from the University of Maryland. She has
several decades of experience in developing and presenting dance
education programs for children and their teachers, and toured
much of the U.S. for several years performing original children's
dance productions and conducting teachers' workshops. Among much
other experience presenting dance in education, she taught teaching
dance to pre-service elementary educators at California
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74 line drawings
Imagery and Exercise for Strength, Health, and Beauty
mental technique of imagerydemonstrated, for example, when
a dancer pictures a sunflower reaching toward the sun as he/ she
thoroughly explained in this guide to daily stress-relieving routines.
Movement, coordination, flexibility, and posture are all external
characteristics that can be improved significantly with a strong
mental health through imagery can benefit circulation, breathing
and even individual body cells. Practical advicehow to choose
and use an assortment of personal mental images, how to use tricks
such as mental recycling, and how to set up an imagined
portable fitness studiocan be used stress-inducing
dead time waiting in line, climbing stairs, sitting in an airplane
seat, talking on the telephone, or running the vacuum cleaner.
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energy in the dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, and Merce
The goal in this interdisciplinary book is to show that uses of
energy in movement are central to dance practice and analysis.
316 pages, paperbound
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