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Dance History

  • Staging Ghanaby Paul Schauert

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    The Ghana Dance Ensemble takes Ghana?s national culture and interprets it in performance using authentic dance forms adapted for local or foreign audiences. Often, says Paul Schauert, the aims of the ensemble and the aims of the individual performers work in opposition. Schauert discusses the history of the dance troupe and its role in Ghana?s post-independence... more...

  • Shall We Dance?by Douglas Thompson

    John Blake 2015; US$ 14.99

    On the eve of World War I, they had the world at?and watching?their feet, enchanting New York, London, and Paris with their dizzying steps. The intimate and tragic biography of America's pioneering ballroom couple. Vernon and Irene Castle were the world?s first true celebrity couple. He, an Englishman, was tall, poised, and slim, a template for... more...

  • 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...

  • Before They Were Belly Dancersby Kathleen W. Fraser

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 45.00

    Focusing on Egypt during the period 1760 to 1870, this book fills in some of the historical blanks for a dance form often known today in the Middle East as raqs sharki or raqs baladi, and in Western countries as "belly dance." Eyewitness accounts written by European travelers, the major primary source for modern scholars, provide most of... more...

  • Indian Modern Dance, Feminism and Transnationalismby Prarthana Purkayastha

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    This book examines modern dance as a form of embodied resistance to political and cultural nationalism in India through the works of five selected modern dance makers: Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Shankar, Shanti Bardhan, Manjusri Chaki Sircar and Ranjabati Sircar. more...

  • European Dance since 1989by Joanna Szymajda

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 31.95

    This edited collection charts the development of contemporary dance in Central and Eastern Europe since the literal and symbolic revolutions of 1989. Central Europe and the former Soviet Bloc countries were a major presence in dance ? particularly theatrical dance ? throughout the twentieth century. With the fragmentation of traditional structures... more...

  • A Selection of European Folk Dancesby Yong Zhou

    Elsevier Science 2014; US$ 31.95

    A Selection of European Folk Dances, Volume 1 is a selection of folk dances from various European countries outside the British Isles, complete with dance sequence and music. These folk dances include Die Woaf from Austria; Jooksu Polka from Estonia; Kleiner Schottisch from Germany; Hakke Toone from Holland; Tarantella from Italy; Fyrtur from Norway;... more...

  • A Selection of European Folk Dancesby Yong Zhou

    Elsevier Science 2014; US$ 31.95

    A Selection of European Folk Dances, Volume 2 is a selection of folk dances from various European countries outside the British Isles, complete with dance sequence and music. These folk dances include Boarischer and Kreuzpolka from Austria; Kolomeyka from Carpathia; Schottische from Denmark; Viru Vals from Estonia; Bourrée Poursuite from France; Der... more...

  • A Selection of European Folk Dancesby Yong Zhou

    Elsevier Science 2014; US$ 31.95

    A Selection of European Folk Dances, Volume 3 presents the dance sequence and music for selected Folk Dances from various European countries. The book focuses on traditional folk dances from France, Germany, and Israel, as well as from Yugoslavia, Portugal, and Romania. Experts from the dance's country of origin are consulted to ensure that the instructions... more...