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Dance History

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  • Don't Act, Just Danceby Catherine Gunther Kodat

    Rutgers University Press 2014; US$ 32.95

    At some point in their career, nearly all the dancers who worked with George Balanchine were told ?don?t act, dear; just dance.? The dancers understood this as a warning against melodramatic over-interpretation and an assurance that they had all the tools they needed to do justice to the steps?but its implication that to dance is already to act in... more...

  • Swans of the Kremlinby Christina Ezrahi

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2012; US$ 27.95

    Classical ballet was perhaps the most visible symbol of aristocratic culture and its isolation from the rest of Russian society under the tsars. In the wake of the October Revolution, ballet, like all of the arts, fell under the auspices of the Soviet authorities. In light of these events, many feared that the imperial ballet troupes would be disbanded.... more...

  • Dance As Educationby Peter Brinson

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 62.95

    First published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • 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 where men could come and pay... 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...

  • 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...

  • Traversing Traditionby Urmimala Sarkar Munsi; Stephanie Burridge

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 145.00

    Dance occupies a prestigious place in Indian performing arts, yet it curiously, to a large extent, has remained outside the arena of academic discourse. This book documents and celebrates the emergence of contemporary dance practice in India. Incorporating a multidisciplinary approach, it includes contributions from scholars, writers and commentators... 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...