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Dance History

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  • The Taxi-Dance Hallby Paul Goalby Cressey

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 30.00

    First published in 1932, The Taxi-Dance Hall is Paul Goalby Cressey’s fascinating study of Chicago’s urban nightlife—as seen through the eyes of the patrons, owners, and dancers-for-hire who frequented the city’s notoriously seedy “taxi-dance” halls. Taxi-dance halls, as the introduction notes, were social centers... more...

  • 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...

  • Traversing Traditionby Urmimala Sarkar Munsi; Stephanie Burridge

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 135.00

    This book documents and celebrates the emergence of contemporary dance practice in India. It includes contributions from scholars, writers, commentators as well as Indian artists and questions the uneasy relationship that exists between the insular world of dance and outside reality. 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...

  • Movable Pillarsby Katja Kolcio

    Wesleyan University Press 2010; US$ 20.99

    How six professional dance organizations transformed the landscape of modern dance scholarship 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$ 90.00

    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...

  • Dance for Exportby Naima Prevots

    Wesleyan University Press 2012; US$ 15.99

    A little-known episode in the history of dance that illuminates the broader subject of cultural policy during the Cold War era. more...