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Dance History

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  • 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...

  • Movable Pillarsby Katja Kolcio

    Wesleyan University Press 2010; US$ 20.99

    How six professional dance organizations transformed the landscape of modern dance scholarship 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    "If you know where to look, you can still discover and recognize what it was that intoxicating John Coast fifty years ago." ? Sir David Attenborough Dancing out of Bali is a fascinating personal account of a young Englishman who settled in a small house in Bali in the midst of the political turmoil that griped post?war Indonesia. There, he immersed... more...