E-Books from Dance Horizons

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Modern Dance
Techniques and Teaching

Gertrude Shurr
and Rachael Dunaven

The first book to be published documenting Martha Graham's movement technique and vocabulary, as recorded by Graham's original followers. The text, intended for dance educators and students, discusses the principles of modern dance technique and training, illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. The book is divided into three sections: Dance Warm-ups: Floor and Standing; Dance Exercises: Floor and Standing; Dance Techniques: Floor, Standing and Space.

39 illustrations 202 pages, first published 1949

ISBN 9780871272690 $11.95

Elements of Classical Ballet Technique

As Practiced in the School of the Dance Theatre of Harlem

Karel Shook

The text serves as a theoretical and practical outline of Shook's teaching philosophies, championing the rich heritage of American dance from Fanny Elssler's triumphs to the square dances of the pioneers and on to the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

The book is divided into three parts: The Antecedents; The Theory; The Practice.

98 pages, first published 1977

ISBN 9780871272706 $9.95

The Body is a Clear Place
and Other Statements on Dance

Erick Hawkins

A collection of ten intelligent, lyrical essays that serve as a testament to Erick Hawkins' long career in dance. Essay titles are: The Rite in Theatre; Theatre Structure for a New Dance Poetry; Modern Dance as a Voyage of Discovery; Questions and Answers; The Body is a Clear Place; My Love Affair with Music; Inmost Heaven, or The Normative Ideal; Dance as a Metaphor of Existence; The Principle of a Thing; Art in Its Second Function.

12 illustrations 178 pages, first published 1992

ISBN 9780871272713 $10.95


Diane Lynch Fraser

Playdancing, written primarily for teachers' use in the classroom, is a creative movement program developed to foster confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills in children aged three to eight. It discusses the developmental stages of early childhood and the specific skills necessary for creativity to flourish.

Lesson plans and activities are outlined for each stage of development. The activities are designed to increase spatial self-awareness, improve language ability and encourage interpersonal skills.

22 illustrations 138 pages, first published 1991

ISBN 9780871272744 $10.95

The Dance in Theory

John Martin

The Dance in Theory reprints the first third of John MartinŐs seminal 1939 book, Introduction to the Dance. In clear and simple terms, Martin helps us to understand the theoretical underpinnings of modern dance and to view dance with the intelligence and open perspective it deserves.

The content of The Dance in Theory is divided into three sections: The Nature of Movement; Form and Composition; The Basis of Style. With a new introduction by Jack Anderson about the life and work of the author and dance critic, John Martin.

114 pages, first published 1939

ISBN 9780871272737 $9.95

Pre-Classic Dance Forms
The Pavan, Minuet, Galliard, Allemand, and Ten Other Early Dance Forms

Louis Horst

Pre-Classic Dance Forms supplies its readers with complete historical descriptions of sixteenth and seventeenth century dances. For the student of music and dance, Horst offers a brief, readable introduction to this important era of dancing and its customs and styles, and shows how the early dances influenced the growth of modern dance in this century.

24 illustrations 153 pages, first published 1937

ISBN 9780871272768 $10.95

The Borzoi Book of Modern Dance

Margaret Lloyd

This text captures the beginnings of modern dance history fresh from its inception. Lloyd deals with a range of aspects of the art form to show that modern dance is a question of attitude and a way of expression. Lloyd, a former dance critic for The Christian Science Monitor, was an observer of the early development of modern dance.

49 illustrations 445 pages, first published 1949

ISBN 9780871272751 $14.95

The Dance Technique of Doris Humphrey and Its Creative Potential

Ernestine Stodelle

Paying respect to the work of American modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey, this publication was the first documentation in book format of her movement theories, presented and analyzed by a first-generation disciple.

The book is divided into four parts: The Background of the Technique; The Technique as Practice; The Creative Potential of the Technique; and Epilogue, analyzing the choreographic concepts underlying Air for the G String, La Valse, Two Ecstatic Themes and Passacaglia.

21 illustrations 283 pages, first published 1965

ISBN 9780871272782 $19.95

Dance is a Moment

A Portrait of José Limón in Words and Pictures

Barbara Pollack and Charles Humphrey Woodford

Dance is a Moment captures Lim—nŐs personality and achievements through a combination of narrative, direct quotations and stunning photography.

The portrait is divided according to the spheres of his life: Part I (Life) and Part II (Work), focusing on one of his most famous dance compositions, There is a Time.

52 illustrations 111 pages, first published 1993

ISBN 9780871272775 $9.95

Both Sides of the Mirror:
The Science and Art of Ballet

Anna Paskevska

Both Sides of the Mirror starts with the premise that skeletal equilibrium promotes harmonious musculature, which in turn makes harmonious movement possible. This second edition, published in 1992, incorporates kinesiology, biomechanics and physiology into the theories of ballet.

Chapters include: Introduction: A Personal Statement; Physical Requirements; Posture and Placement; Progression of Training; Sequence of a Ballet Class; Barre Work; Positions; Port de Bras and Arabesques; Weight Transference and Jumps; Principles of Turning; Pointe Work; Style; Classical and Modern Dance.

210 pages, first published 1992

ISBN 9780871272799 $14.95

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