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Dance History

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  • 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...

  • Dancing Out of Baliby John Coast; Richard Attenborough

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 19.95

    " It is Bali felt, understood, loved, communicated...Coast has a kind of word magic. " -- New York Herald Tribune This book tells of a young Englishman, fresh out of a Japanese prison camp, and his Javanese wife, and how they leave Indonesia for the footlights of Broadway. This is a story of life, music, and dancing in Bali, with all the charm of... more...

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

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 18.95

    This book is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the most commonly seen forms of traditional performing arts in Bali; gamelan music, dance, drama and puppetry. Ideal reading for visitors to the island as well as for anyone interested in Balinese culture. The book presents the history and function of each type of performance with illustrations and... more...

  • Step Dancing in Irelandby Catherine E. Foley

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 109.95

    This book provides a rich historical and ethnographic account of step dancing, step dancers, and Irish cultural institutions. Catherine Foley tells the story of step dance from its roots in eighteenth-century Ireland to its modern globalized appeal. Foley applies a regional focus to her examination of step dace, looking at three step dance practices... more...

  • Dance Circlesby HAŠlA¨ne Neveu Kringelbach

    Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 39.95

    Senegal has played a central role in contemporary dance due to its rich performing traditions, as well as strong state patronage of the arts, first under French colonialism and later in the postcolonial era. In the 1980s, when the Senegalese economy was in decline and state fundingwithdrawn, European agencies used the performing arts as a tool in... more...

  • Nordic Dance Spacesby Karen Vedel; Petri Hoppu

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    Dance has been connected to the practices and ideologies that have shaped notions of a Nordic region for more than a century and it is ingrained into the culture and society of the region. This book investigates different dance phenomena that have either engaged with or dismantled notions of Nordicness. Looking to the motion of dancers and dance forms... more...

  • Dancing At The Crossroadsby Helena Wulff

    Berghahn Books 2007; US$ 27.95

    Dancing at the crossroads used to be young people's opportunity to meet and enjoy themselves on mild summer evenings in the countryside in Ireland until this practice was banned by law, the Public Dance Halls Act in 1935. Now a key metaphor in Irish cultural and political life, "dancing at the crossroads" also crystallizes the argument of this book:... more...

  • Gesture, Gender, Nationby Mary Masayo Doi

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2001; US$ 107.00

    The national dancers in Uzbekistan are almost always female. This work argues that dancers, as symbolic "girls" or unmarried females in the Uzbek kinship system, are effective mediators between extended kin groups, and the Uzbek nation-state. more...

  • Embodied Communitiesby Felicia Hughes-Freeland

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 32.95

    Court dance in Java has changed from a colonial ceremonial tradition into a national artistic classicism. Central to this general transformation has been dance?s role in personal transformation, developing appropriate forms of everyday behaviour and strengthening the powers of persuasion that come from the skillful manipulation of both physical... more...