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Special Dances

  • Capoeiraby Nestor Capoeira

    North Atlantic Books 2012; US$ 15.95

    Capoeira is simultaneously a dance, a fight, and a game. Created by the Africans brought to Brazil as slaves beginning in 1500, capoeira was forbidden by law but survived underground. When open practice was allowed in the 1930s it soon became very popular. Capoeira came to America around 1975, and has become widely recognized by dancers and martial... more...

  • Capoeiraby Matthias Röhrig Assunção

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 84.95

    Originally the preserve of Afro-Brazilian slaves, the marginalized and the underclasses in Brazilian society, capoeira is now a mainstream sport, taught in Brazilian schools and practised by a range of social classes around the world. Some advocates now seek Olympic recognition for Capoeira. This apparent change in the meaning and purpose of Capeoira... more...

  • Dances with Spidersby Karen Ludtke

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 99.00

    For centuries, the rite of the tarantula was the only cure for those 'bitten' or 'possessed' by the mythic Apulian spider. Its victims had to dance to the local tarantella or 'pizzica' for days on end. Today, the pizzica has returned to the limelight, bringing to the forefront issues of performance, gender, identity and well-being. This book explores... more...

  • Dancing Bodies of Devotionby Katherine C. Zubko

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 89.99

    This ethnography examines how contemporary dancers of Bharata Natyam, a traditionally Hindu storytelling dance form, embody Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Jain narratives. These dancers choreographically adapt various religious identities and ideas in order to emphasize pluralistic cultural and ethical dimensions in their work. Through the dancing... more...

  • Disco Danceby Lori Ortiz

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 35.00

    Americans apparently had a love-hate relationship with disco. After the 1977 blockbuster movie Saturday Night Fever, an estimated 15,000 new discotheques opened across the United States. But in July of 1979, a Chicago baseball stadium was filled beyond capacity, drawn by an ill-conceived radio station promotion inviting listeners to publicly express... more...

  • Foundationby Joseph Schloss

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 18.99

    1. Introduction. 2. Getting Your Foundation: Pedagogy. 3. B-Boy Text: Aesthetics. 4. Crews. 5. I hate b-boys - that's why I break: Battling. 6. Like old folk songs handed down from generation to generation: history, canon, and community in B-boy culture. 7. If Breaking came out of Uprock, then Hip-Hop didn't start in the Bronx: B-boy History.... more...

  • In Strangers’ Armsby Beatriz Dujovne

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 38.00

    The tango is easily the most iconic dance of the last century, its images as familiar as an old friend. But are they the whole story? Peeling back the poster propaganda that has always characterized the tango publicly, this intimate study shows the invisible heart of the dance and the culture that raised it. Drawing on direct experience and conversations... more...

  • India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspectiveby Margaret E. Walker

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    Through an analysis both broad and deep of primary and secondary sources, ethnography, iconography and current performance practice, this enquiry undertakes a critical approach to the history of kathak dance and presents new data about hereditary performing artists, gendered contexts and practices, and postcolonial cultural reclamation. The account... more...

  • Long After Midnight at the Nino Bienby Brian Winter

    PublicAffairs 2008; US$ 24.95

    An American reporter in Argentina struggles to learn the tango by night, while by day covering the country as it slides into financial crisis and revolution more...

  • Rock 'n' Roll Dances of the 1950sby Lisa Sagolla

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 37.00

    This descriptive and analytic study examines how 1950s rock 'n' roll dancing illuminates the larger cultural context out of which the dancing arose. more...