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Dance History

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  • Satan in the Dance Hallby Ralph G. Giordano

    Scarecrow Press 2008; US$ 59.99

    Satan in the Dance Hall explores the overwhelming popularity of social dancing and its close relationship to America's rapidly changing society in the 1920s. The book focuses on the fiercely contested debate over the morality of social dancing in New York City, led by moral reformers and religious leaders like Rev. John Roach Straton. Fed by the firm... more...

  • Creolizing Contradance in the Caribbeanby Peter Manuel

    Temple University Press 2009; US$ 28.95

    The contradance and quadrille, in their diverse forms, were the most popular, widespread, and important genres of creole Caribbean music and dance in the nineteenth century.  Throughout the region they constituted sites for interaction of musicians and musical elements of different racial, social, and ethnic origins, and they became crucibles... more...

  • Jookin'by Katrina Hazzard-Gordon

    Temple University Press 2010; US$ 30.95

    Katrina Hazzard-Gordon offers the first analysis of the development of the jook?an underground cultural institution created by the black working class?together with other dance arenas in African-American culture. Beginning with the effects of African slaves? middle passage experience on their traditional dances, she traces the unique and virtually... more...

  • Latin Danceby Elizabeth Drake-Boyt

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 39.00

    This title in the American Dance Floor series provides an overview of the origins, development, and current status of Latin social dancing in the United States. more...

  • Black Social Dance in Television Advertisingby Carla Stalling Huntington

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    The influence of dance upon consumers has long been understood by advertisers. This work investigates the use of black social dance in television advertising. Covering the 1950s through the 2010s in the United States, dance is shown to provide value to brands and to affect consumption experiences. An interdisciplinary work drawing upon anthropological,... more...

  • Sweating Sarisby Priya Srinivasan

    Temple University Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    A groundbreaking book that seeks to understand dance as labor, Sweating Saris examines dancers not just as aesthetic bodies but as transnational migrant workers and wage earners who negotiate citizenship and gender issues.              Srinivasan merges ethnography, history, critical... more...

  • Dancing Naturallyby Alexandra Carter; Rachel Fensham

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00

    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. more...

  • City Folkby Daniel J. Walkowitz

    NYU Press 2010; US$ 65.00

    This is the story of English Country Dance, from its 18th century roots in the English cities and countryside, to its transatlantic leap to the U.S. in the 20th century, told by not only a renowned historian but also a folk dancer, who has both immersed himself in the rich history of the folk tradition and rehearsed its steps. In City Folk , Daniel... more...

  • Louisiana Saturday Nightby Alex V. Cook

    LSU Press 2012; US$ 15.95

    Music critic Alex V. Cook uncovers south Louisiana?s wellspring of musical tradition, showing us that indigenous music is not an artifact to be salvaged by preservationists, but a living, breathing, singing, laughing, and crying part of Louisiana culture. Louisiana Saturday Nights takes the reader to both offbeat and traditional venues in and around... more...

  • Balinese Dance, Drama & Musicby I Wayan Dibia; Rucina Ballinger; Barbara Anello

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 18.95

    Bali has long been known for its deep spirituality and extraordinary artistic heritage. The dances, dramas, puppetry and music of Bali are more than icons for the island; they are part and parcel of life?as expressions of devotion to the gods, as entertainment, and as a way of instilling cultural values on each generation. Balinese Dance, Drama... more...