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Dance History

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Traversing Tradition: Celebrating Dance in Indiaby 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...