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Myron Howard Nadel and Marc Raymond Strauss
This engaging collection of eighteen original essays considers ballet, modern, jazz and tap dance, Broadway and movie dance, folk, ethnic, and social dance as well as aspects of technique, choreography, lighting, and costuming. Providing an understanding of the history, evolution, and universality of dance, it explores the significance of dance in culture, its relationship to other art forms, and the creative process.
Each chapter is an in-depth study written by an expert on the subject. An extensive annotated appendix of DVD/Film resources gives suggestions for viewing dance to enhance the dance experience.
This edition has been reorganized and updated, with five new chapters.
400 pages, 6 x 9, paperback
This “how to” book lays out the sequence of planning from establishing a mission statement and auditions to performing and touring. The technical aspects of theater are covered as well as costuming, lighting, makeup, publicity, and fundraising. The reader is first asked to create a fictional company and follow it through every step, providing a virtual experience. Equally useful for colleges and schools, dance studios, and professional and amateur companies.
Heather Trommer-Beardslee is a member of the dance faculty at Central Michigan University where she teaches Dance Production and Management, and directs the University Concert Dance Theater. She is also the booking agent for Jump Rhythm Jazz, an award-winning company based in Chicago. Prior to her position at CMU she directed two dance studios.
150 pages, 6 x 9, paperback, 15 illustrations, 8 in color
By Marc Raymond Strauss
With Myron Howard Nadel
A decade-by-decade approach to the 20th and 21st centuries, covering more than 110 choreographers, companies, institutions, and dancers from both modern dance and ballet, and over 220 search addresses. Ideal for use in smart classrooms where, with the pressing of a few keys, teachers can present clips of dances from the Internet to illustrate the text and supplement their lectures. A videography for each chapter provides information for viewing complete works and documentaries.
About the Authors: Marc Raymond Strauss is Professor of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University and co-editor with Myron Nadel of the Tihrd Edition of The Dance Experience (see above).
Myron Howard Nadel is Professor of Dance at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He was founding Chair of the Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin , Milwaukee, Coordinator for Music Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of Performing Arts at Buffalo State College.
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208 pages, paperbound
Back In Print:
The Makers of Modern Dance in America
by Joseph H. Mazo
The story of the creators of a new art form: Loïe Fuller, Duncan, St. Denis, Shawn, Humphrey, Graham, Cunningham, Nikolais, Ailey, Taylor and Tharp, with additional material from the author’s writings about Erick Hawkins, Judith Jamison, Garth Fagan, Trisha Brown, Laura Dean, Ulysses Dove, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Ralph Lemon, Mark Morris and Bill T. Jones—an astonishing, courageous, colorful group.
350 pages, paperbound, 6" x 9", 70 photographs
Modern Dance Forms
In Relation to the Other Modern Arts
Louis Horst and Carroll Russell
Preface by Janet Mansfield Soares,
Foreword by Martha Graham
By relating the development of modern dance to movements in painting, architecture, drama, and music, Horst prompts students to develop a keen eye for emerging trends in the arts as a continual resource for dance.
151 pages, paperbound, 5-1/2" x 8"
Janice Barringer and Sarah Schlesinger
The only book of its kind, rewritten throughout, takes the mystery out of a confusing field. Dancers and students quickly benefit from the most current research—offering the latest information on hundreds of shoe designs, products and suppliers.
The fundamentals of buying, preparing, and wearing pointe shoes are presented, including a detailed list of the many possible characteristics of each shoe.
In discussing pointe shoe readiness, we present an array of contemporary views about when students should go on pointe—then, the way major ballet schools integrate pointe work into their classes, with in-depth opinions from David Howard, Suki Schorer and Steven Wistrich, among others. We take an intensive look at pointe-related injuries to the foot and ankle, their remedies, therapies, and exercises, and medical and therapy providers.
An understanding of the relationship between a ballerina and her shoes is gained by listening to the greatest dancers—like Paloma Herrera, Jenifer Ringer, Gillian Murphy and Evelyn Cisneros—talk about how they found the perfect fit and the joy of dancing on pointe.
Janice Barringer danced professionally for more than twenty-five years, and now teaches, choreographs, writes and creates classroom CDs and instructional DVDs. She has written articles for Dancer, Pointe, Dance, Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines. She has served on the faculty of the American Dance Center, Ballet Hispanico, Harkness House, and Steps on Broadway, and is now a professor of dance at Pace University in New York City
Sarah Schlesinger has extensive experience fitting pointe shoes and solving pointe shoe-related problems as former owner of Capezio Dance Theater Shops in Maryland and Delaware. She is now Chairperson of the graduate musical theater writing program in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Paperbound • PBC01553 ISBN 9780871273550
Hardbound • PBC01554 • ISBN 9780871273574
Bringing together all of the major modern dance techniques, this engaging account is the first of its kind. The discussion starts with the contributions of the pre-moderns, Delsarte, Dalcroze, Duncan, and Denishawn, and concludes with training in the present era. It provides a comparative approach that will enable students to try each technique with sample lessons and to contrast the different philosophies. The author pairs Martha Graham with Doris Humphrey, Katherine Dunham with Lester Horton, José Limón with Erick Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis with Merce Cunningham. Paul Taylor has his own chapter, leading to the book’s conclusion on how modern dance training is currently approached.
The purpose is to examine a broad spectrum of classic modern techniques and to provide practical studio applications. The techniques are placed within historical and cultural contexts, so that we see the interconnectedness of choreography with history. The book is divided into teaching units, with each chapter pairing compatible or contrasting training systems. Each unit contains core ideas, a series of journaling and discussion topics, and experiments in improvisation; technical genesis which includes biographical sketches on the choreographers with brief discussions of their choreographies and companies, and a presentation of class material; final questions and experiments address basic ideas that students can use to further their understanding of the material presented in the unit.
1. The Expressionists: François Delsarte, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Isadora Duncan, Denishawn
2. The Originators: Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey
3. The Mavericks: Katherine Dunham, Lester Horton
4. The Next Generation: José Limón, Erick Hawkins
5. The Avant-Garde: Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis,
6. Postmodernism: Paul Taylor
7. Post-Judson Training Practices
A. Economy of Movement
B. Improving Your
C. Somatics and the Dance Technique Class
Joshua Legg is a performer, choreographer, director and writer whose teaching credits include Harvard University (where he received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching), Suffolk University, Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Shenandoah Conservatory (where he received an MFA). He has served as a master teacher and guest lecture/speaker for ACDFA conferences, ADF’s Paul Taylor Institute, the
Dance Teacher Summit and various universities. Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques grew out of his writing for Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines. Joshua is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
264 pages, paperbound
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With a nearly 100% chance of sustaining injury
in a lifetime of dance, this book shows how
dancers can keep on dancing.
by Judith R. Peterson, M.D.
Written for dancers –student and professional, teachers, and parents by a dance medicine specialist, this exciting new book will quickly become indispensible because of its concise information about health, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and the treatment of common problems.
Designed as a tour of the body from head to toe, it includes advice specific to dancers’ well-being, such as body awareness and self-image, diet and eating disorders, whiplash,
stress fractures, turn-out, and painful and damaged knees, feet, and toes; and the excellent five critical things to know and
five great exercises for each part of the body at the end of each chapter. With a nearly 100% chance of sustaining injury in a lifetime of dance, this book shows how dancers can keep on dancing by knowing how the body functions and recognizing conditions that require a medical professional.
Profusely illustrated with drawings and with radiographic images from Thomas
Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, the book’s visual appeal is enhanced by stunning performance photographs of leading members of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
The author: Judith R. Peterson, M.D., was the attending physician to the Pennsylvania Ballet for ten years. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and is certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Medical Specialties. After graduating from Harvard University, she received her medical degree from Weill Cornell School of Medicine and did residency training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, an affiliate of Northwestern
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PBC00375 182 pages paperbound $29.95
PBC00376 182 pages hard cover $59.95
You have been trained to dance, but have you been trained to teach? Where do you start? What do you do in each class, and how do you progress, and how fast? Judith Newman answers these questions and many more with clarity and simplicity so that the beginning ballet teacher can enter the studio with knowledge and confidence – and a plan.
This “how to” book is written from the author’s 30-plus years of teaching ballet (beginning with trial and error) so that teachers today will have a better experience when facing their first class of seven-year-olds. “I didn’t have a clue,” she says. But you will.
The first advice is: be prepared. Allow enough time to warm up, clear your mind of
distractions, compose a class that has too much material rather than too little, and memorize what you are going to teach (rather than to shuffle through papers).
In the classroom: dress appropriately (you are the model), speak loudly and clearly, use
French terminology and teach your students to do so, demonstrate correctly and beautifully, memorize the names of your students.
The last chapter, Your Own Studio, will be invaluable for running the studio, how to set rules, dealing with behavior problems, assessing progress, and professional ethics.
As the first year syllabus begins, the author provides a guideline, not a timetable. She allows for adapting the syllabus to the needs of your students.
With complete syllabi for each of the three years of beginning ballet instruction, this guide is perfect for helping dancers transition into becoming dance teachers and refreshing the skills of current dance instructors.
Judith Newman trained at the Miami Conservatory and the School of American Ballet.
She performed as soloist with the National Ballet, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), and the Pennsylvania Ballet. She began teaching ballet in 1970, opening her own studio. In1982 she joined the faculty of the distinguished New World School of the Arts in Miami, becoming Associate Professor.
200 pages, paperbound, 8-½” x 11”
208 photographs demonstrating ballet positions
by Geraldine Morris
This is a ground-breaking study of style in six ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton: A Wedding Bouquet, Iluminations, Birthday Offering, Jazz Calendar, Daphnis and Chloe, and A Month in the Country. The author's examination of Ashton's role, together with that of the dancers, designers, writers and musicians, is both innovative and thought-provoking.
Geraldine Morris, having danced with the Royal Ballet during the years when Ashton was the company's director, brings inside knowledge, informed and enlivened by years of studying the dances. She is now Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton.
234 pages paperback
Edited by Richard Cave and Libby Worth
This tribute to the iron lady of British ballet, Ninette de Valois (1898-2001), a collection of essays, photographs, and a DVD, is not entirely complimentary. “Madam,” as she was called by colleagues, founded the Royal Ballet and is remembered by the current director, Monica Mason: “I trembled at the sight of her. I always hoped I wouldn’t see her very often, because she just scared me so much.” Nevertheless, she is revered for her myriad talents and considerable achievements. Notable contributors include Clement Crisp, Ann Hutchinson Guest, Richard Glasstone, Jennifer Jackson, Alastair Macaulay, and de Valois herself.
Paperback, 308 pages plus 4-hour archival DVD
Edited by Marian Smith
This is the first English-language book dedicated to La Sylphide, one of the most enduring of the Romantic ballets. The authors of this collection of essays are practitioners and historians of dance and music, and they bring to bear their expertise in a wide variety of specialties including technique, literature, folklore, iconography, dance reconstruction, historiography, and performance practice.
Contributors are Ivor Guest, Debra H. Sowell, Sandra Noll Hammond, Matilda Ertz, Erik Aschengreen, Helena Kopchick Spencer, Ole Nørling, Alexander Bennett, Ornella Di Tondo, and Marian Smith.
The Editor: Marian Smith is Associate Professor of musicology at the University of Oregon where she has served as chair of the music history department. She has served on the editorial board of the Society of Dance History Scholars and is currently a member of the editorial board of Dance Chronicle. The author of numerous articles and reviews for both music and dance journals, she received the De la Torre Bueno prize for her book Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle.
35 illustrations and 30 music examples
Back in Print
Exercises for Classroom,
Gym and Playground
“A rich resource for educators to introduce Yoga
into the learning environment..."
Theresa Purcell Cone, PhD, dance and physical education specialist
Dozens of simple Hath Yoga-based exercises tailored for students fill this resource. Each featured posture can be practiced in as few as three minutes. They develop concentration, improve motor skills and boost strength, flexibility and balance while enhancing relationships.
Table of Contents
One: Why Yoga in Your School
The Author: Terresa Asencia, M.A.CUNY has taught Yoga and creative dance for thirty years and is currently teaching in Kerala, India.
106 pages, 120 black and white photographs
Three New Titles from Dance Books Ltd., London
My Years with Cyril Beaumont
In London, a few steps from the bookshop at 84 Charing Cross Road, made famous by the film starring Ann Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, and Dame Judi Densch, stood the quirky dance bookshop at Number 75 operated by Cyril Beaumont, At the Sign of the Harlequin’s Bat. “Mr. B,” as he is known in this memoir, was a master of all things balletic as writer, publisher, critic, and historian. The author, Isabelle Stoughton, was hired as his assistant in the shop in 1953, which had remained largely unchanged since it opened in 1910. Here she reveals Mr. B’s character as showing both good humor and irascibility, not concealing his displeasure to customers he disliked, yet kissing her on the cheeks every morning. At the end of her employment in 1956 the author marries a customer, a medical student with more than a ballet interest in the shop.
104 pages, paperbound
Annotated and Edited by Lisa Ullmann
“Choreutics,” Rudolf Laban says in this book, “may be explained as the practical study of the various forms of harmonized movement” It gives a cogent account of the basis of Laban’s theory of space harmony, replete with many diagrams and Labanotation. First published in 1966.
224 pages, paperbound
A major comprehensive account of the philosophical aesthetics of dance—by a philosopher who has devoted much of his professional career to the consideration of dance. Its fundamental consideration is of dance works that are artworks. References
to many dances, both ballet and modern, are given throughout, especially as they are represented in dance criticism. The text explores (a) the making of dance, in particular, locating the conceptual role of the author of dances (discussion begins from whether or not two different performances of a dance are of the same dancework); (b) the distinctive role of the dancer; and (c) the understanding and appreciation of dances.
Both dance-making and dance-understanding are addressed since the identity issue can arise in the staging of a particular dance; whether the perspective is that of the choreographer or that of the dancer; where the concern is, and where the focus is, with the appreciation of a particular dance.
A detailed discussion of the nature of our interest in dance and some historical reflections on the use of examples are also included.
342 pages, paperbound
by Ann Hutchinson Guest and Rob Van Haarst
Canon Forms shows how to write in Labanotation the choreographic device of canon. It analyses the different forms of canon and shows how they have been applied in George Balanchine’s Seranade and Stars and Stripes, and in Paul Taylor’s Esplanade.
Paperback, 102 pages 6¾” x 9¾”
by Ann Hutchinson Guest and Rob Van Haarst
This book shows the application of design drawing and the use of shape in pantomime gestures and the handling of props in such choreography as The Green Table by Kurt Jooss.
Paperback, 104 pages 6¾” x 9¾”
by Ann Hutchinson Guest and Rob Van Haarst
A comprehensive manual for writing movement when the body is not supported by the feet; i.e.: get up from lying, lie down from standing, roll from sitting onto the knees etc. Also offers a complete survey of Labanotation rules about distance, timing, systems of reference, weight distribution and floor contact.
Paperback, 218 pages, 6¾” x 9¾”
by Rosa Shreves
For teachers of children ages 6 through 9, Imaginary Dances provides 9 themes, giving a wide variety of dance and related experiences. Visual art forms and creating music with voice or percussion instruments are frequently interwoven in to the dance ideas. The emphasis throughout the book is on fostering the interconnections between the body, mind and imagination.
Paperback, 112 pages 8¼” x 11¾” 62 illustrations
Back in Print
by Rudolf Laban
Laban's The Mastery of Movement on the Stage, first published in 1950, quickly came to be accepted as the standard work on his conception of human movement. When he died, Laban was in the process of preparing a new edition of the book, and so for some time after his death it was out of print. That a second edition appeared was solely due to the efforts of Lisa Ullmann, who, better than any other person, was aware of the changes that Laban had intended to make. The rather broader treatment of the subject made advisable the change of title, for it was recognized that the book would appeal to all who seek to understand movement as a force in life.
In this fourth edition Lisa Ullmann has taken the opportunity to make margin annotations to indicate the subject matter referred to in a particular section of the text, so that specified topics may be easily found. Kinetograms have been added to most of the examples in Chapters 2 and 3, as Laban originally intended, for the growing number of people who read and write movement notation. Lisa Ullmann has also compiled an Appendix on the structure of effort, drawing largely on material from an unpublished book by Laban.
The relationship between the inner motivation of movement and the outer functioning of the body is explored. Acting and dancing are shown as activities deeply concerned with man's urge to establish values and meanings. The student is introduced to basic principles underlying movement expression and experience and the numerous exercises are intended to challenge his or her intellectual, emotional and physical responses. The many descriptions of movement scenes and mime-dances are designed to stimulate penetration into man's inner life from where movement and action originate.
190 pages 2011
Ninette de Valois and
Wiliam Butler Yeats
by Richard Allen Cave
“They met in Cambridge in May 1927 in the foyer of the Festival Theatre; her major conquests lay before her; his career as poet, dramatist, theatre director and practitioner was at a peak.” This scholarly study looks at de Valois’ involvement with Yeats’ four dance plays at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre as performer and choreographer: Fighting the Waves, The Dreaming of the Bones, At the Hawk’s Well, The King of the Great Clock Tower.
The author is Professor Emeritus in Drama and Theatre Arts
at the University of
168 pages, 48 photographs, paperbound, 2011
Hilary S. Carty
Originally published in 1988, Folk Dances of Jamaica is a detailed practical and theoretical discussion of five Jamaican folk dances – the Kumina, Dinkie Minie, Quadrille, Bruckin’s, and Revival. Illustrated with bold drawings by “H” Patten. The book provides practical information on both technique and performance.
The author conducted her research in traditional settings in Jamaica and at the Jamaica School of Dance.
98 pages, paperbound
ISBN 978-1-85273-007-9, republished 2010
Valerie Preston-Dunlap and Ana Sanchez-Colberg
Performative events are ones in which ‘actors’ and ‘spectators’ engage in an exchange of some kind, ranging from works of dance theater to a speaker haranguing a crowd, to a silent anti-war demonstration.
“Choreology,” a term introduced by Rudolf Laban, refers to the scholarly study of dance. What distinguishes a performative event from a performing event is the level and nature of the engagement of the artists with the spectators. In this context, the authors discuss the works of 47 choreographers ranging from Balanchine to Bausch, including Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Yvonne Rainer, and Rennie Harris, as well as Laban himself.
320 pages, paperbound, 69 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-85273-142-7, 2010
Appreciating Dance • 4th Edition
|Appreciating Dance, 4th Edition, is a concise, thorough, and accurate history and current picture of all forms of dance. It gives a brief biography of many of the notable dancers and choreographers who have contributed to each form of dance, and provides, in a nutshell, the information needed to expand the enjoyment of performance. It also details the development of dance from its earliest beginnings, and covers the intersection of dance and religion, social dance, ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, film and theatrical dance, and contemporary dance. This edition has been revised throughout and includes a new last chapter “Dance in the New Millennium.” Adding to its usefulness are lists of Social Dances of Europe and America, Basic Ballet Terminology, Hollywood Movie Musicals, and Dance Organizations, as well as Suggested Readings and Filmographies.
1. Origins and Definitions
2. Dance and Religion
3. Social Dance
4. Bugaku and Ballet: From Royal Courts to Theatrical Dance
5. Modern Dance: New Voices, New Ideas
6. Tap, Jazz, Musical and Film Dance: The American Originals
7. Careers in Dance
8. Dance in the New Millennium
160 pages paperbound
About the Author: Harriet R. Lihs is Associate Professor of Dance at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, she received a BA and MA from the University of Iowa, and an MFA from Smith College.
Adopted for courses at:
University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Charlotte; University of South Florida;Texas Woman's University; Montclair State University; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Drexel University; Lamar University; Winthrop University; Weber State University; Old Dominion University; Middle Tennessee State University; University of Alberta; El Camino College; Christopher Newport College; Linfield College; Mercyhurst College; De Anza College; Howard College; College of the Canyons; Washington College, Queens College (CUNY), Springfield College; Houston Community College; Cuyahoga Community College; York Regional School District (Canada).
by Laurence Louppe
Originally published in France, historian and critic Laurence Louppe’s treatise displays remarkable erudition as it draws from a wide range of dance, literary, artistic, and philosophical sources to analyze poetics in terms of the body, weight, time, flow, breath, style, and composition. The use of unusual vocabulary and often-obscure references will intrigue and challenge readers and broaden their knowledge of contemporary dance thinking from a French perspective.
299 pages, paperback
Exploring and Developing Rudolf Laban’s Ideas for the 21st Century: Presentations from the Laban International Conference October 2008, At Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London
Edited by Valerie Preston-Dunlap and Lesley-Anne Sayers
To mark the 50th anniversary of Laban’s death, presenters and delegates from 26 countries gathered to discuss how and where his work is being practiced today, how his ideas are being developed, and how relevant they are to the 21st century. The answers were provided in some 80 presentations, 31 of which have been collected and edited for this volume. The subjects range from: choreography, movement analysis, choreology, the documentation of performing arts, architecture, therapy, and education to the training of the dancer, actor and musical conductor.
266 pages, paperback
Edited by Ivor Guest
In 1960, when Frederick Ashton choreographed his version of La Fille Mal Gardée, The Dancing Times of London published a collection of articles about the ballet edited by the distinguished historian, Ivor Guest, which has now been reprinted. The 1960 production is discussed by the work’s creators: Ashton himself, the designer Osbert Lancaster, the musical arranger John Lanchberry, and the ballerina Nadia Nerina. Historical perspective is provided by Tamara Karsavina, Winifred Edwards, Ivor Guest, Lillian Moore, and Marina Grut.
103 pages paperback. 28 black and white photos.
Back In Print As Paperbacks
By Jack Anderson
This is the story of one of America’s most important ballet companies, founded in 1938 by Sergei J. Denham and Léonide Massine, who choreographed for it Gaîté
Parisienne, Seventh Symphony, Saint Francis, and Rouge et Noir. Among other choreographers were George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Bronislava
Nijinska, Ruth Page, Valerie Bettis, and Agnes de Mille, who choreographed Rodeo. Stars included Alexandra Danilova, Frederic Franklin, Alicia Markova, Mia Slavenska, Tamara Toumanova, André Eglevsky, Leon Danelian, Ruthanna Boris, Maria Tallchief, Alicia Alonso, and Igor Youskevitch .
Jack Anderson has written extensively on ballet and modern dance for The New York Times, Dance Magazine, and Ballet Review, and is the New York correspondent for The Dancing Times of London. For forty years he was co-editor of Dance Chronicle. His books include Ballet & Modern Dance: A Concise History, The American Dance Festival, The Nutcracker, and Art Without Boundaries. He was first introduced to
to the Ballet Russe at a performance in his native Milwaukee in 1950.
392 pages, including 32 pages of photographs, paperback
By Kathrine Sorley Walker
Drawn partly from the scattered remnants of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and partly from extraordinary new talent, Colonel
Vassili de Basil’s company of dancers, founded in 1932, kept alive the heritage of Russian ballet for a period spanning virtually twenty years, touring in Europe, the USA, Central and South America, and Australasia. It preserved the greatest of the Diaghilev ballets and mounted many new ones, among them major works by Balanchine,Fokine, Massine,
Nijinska, and Lichine. It provided a brilliant showcase for established dancers such as Danilova, Woizikovsky, and Massine, and launched the “baby ballerinas” Toumanova,
Baronova, and Riabouchinska. The
company appeared not only in great capitals but in places where classical dance had rarely if ever been seen before. The story of the de Basil ballet is one of glamour, mystery, and obsessive dedication.
Kathrine Sorley Walker is an eminent British ballet critic and historian. Her reviews have appeared in the London Daily Telegraph and she has contributed to journals such as Dance Chronicle and The Dancing Times. Her other books are Ninette de Valois: Idealist without Illusions, and Cyril W. Beaumont: Dance Writer and Publisher.
368 pages, including 32 pages of photographs, paperback
DBL 00403 $29.95
This British import by a former professional dancer turned nutritionist is a general nutrition book with plenty of sound advice for the dancer or non-dancer. Readers in North America may be puzzled by references to British foods such as plaice, fromage frais, quorn, jelly pot, passata, fruit squash; feel queasy about a recipe for potato and fish pie; and wonder at the need to convert body weight from stones to pounds. Nevertheless, from calculating individual calorie requirements, reducing body fat, performance preparation, nutrition for the young dancer, recovery from injury, this book provides helpful information.
204 pages, paperback, 2009
Although the name Rambert is now associated with modern dance, Marie Rambert, the founder of the Rambert Dance Company, was one of the instigators of the flowering of English Ballet in the 1930s. She nurtured and guided a remarkable number of gifted choreographers, notably Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Walter Gore, Norman Morrice and Christopher Bruce. Lively, witty, unpredictable, often outrageous, 'Mim' is about Marie Rambert, the woman, from her upbringing in her native Poland until her death in 1982 at the age of 94.
204 pages, 16 pages of photographs, paperbound
Kathrine Sorley Walker
Sir Robert Helpmann was a consummate man oif the theatre, equally proficient as dancer or actor, in comedy or tragedy, and as a choreographer or director. In this book Kathrine Sorley Walker surveys a career which spanned more than five decades in multiple disciplines. He was a member of the Vic-Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950,partnering Margot Fonteyn in her famous roles. Later he became associated with the Royal Ballet and served as artistic director and choreographer for the Australian Ballet. He is perhaps best known to the general public for his part in The Red Shoes.
The author: Kathrine Sorley Walker is a British ballet critic and historian.
224 pages, 16 pages of photographs, paperbound
(Translated from Danish by Patricia N. McAndrew)
Harald Lander (1905-1971) was the most important figure in the history of the Royal Danish Ballet in the 20th Century. During his 19 years as Artistic Director (1932-1951) he laid the foundations for the worldwide fame which the company gained in the second part of the century. Following a scandal in 1951, Lander left Denmark to become ballet master and choreographer at the Paris Opera Ballet and, for a time, the head of its ballet school.
This biography dispels many of the myths and rumors about this remarkable man, and chronicles his fall from grace and ultimate rehabilitation.
432 pages (including 48 pages of black and white photos)
DBL 00725 $60.00
Rolf de Maré
Art Collector, Ballet Director, Museum Curator
With a fortune inherited from one of Sweden ’s wealthiest families, Rolf de Maré (1888-1964) was able indulge in a life in the arts as an art collector, a ballet director, and a museum founder. He has often been compared to Diaghilev by creating his own company, the Ballets Suédois, in Paris (1920-1925), which attracted many of the leading painters, poets, and composers of the time such as Cocteau, Leger, Picabia, Satie, and Claudel. His home was a magnet for a cosmopolitan elite from both the art world and Parisian high society in the 1920s. He opened the first dance museum in Paris in 1933 and, after his death, left his impressive art collection to the Paris Opera Museum and to the Stockholm Dance Museum.
The author, Erik Näslund, is the Director of the Stockholm Dance Museum.
616 pages (including over 1,000 illustrations, many in color)
DBL 01723 $95.00
Body, Beautiful Mind
The Power of Positive Imagery:
Over 80 Exercises and a 10-Day Beauty Program
expert Eric Franklin emphasizes lifestyle and positive mental
attitude rather than surgery, creams or pills, in this guide to
staying young through mental stimulation, self-talk, setting of
goals, motivation, and relaxation. He takes you on a journey through
the body from the face, to joints, bones, muscles, organs, glands,
and the nervous system, with specific exercises for rejuvenating
each part. The concluding 10-Day Beauty Program provides a selection
of different mental and physical techniques designed to produce
results that can be seen and felt in only 10 days. Illustrated
with 84 drawings and 12 photos.
168 pages paperbound
Writings on Modern Dance
Selected and Edited by Charles Humphrey Woodford
collection of essays, lectures and notes reveals the inspiration
behind the choreography of modern dance founder Doris Humphrey.The
fundamentals of composition: form, content and execution are expressed
in her own spirited words, providing an intimate look at the creative
process. Notes made before and during the making of forty-one
of her dances show how she put her choreographic principles and
world view into dance, including some of her best-known masterpieces:
Water Study, The Shakers,Two Ecstatic Themes, New Dance, With
My Red Fires, Passacaglia in C minor, Day on Earth, Night Spell.
pages, hardbound, jacketed,
Ann Kipling Brown
Labanotation is one of the most widely used systems
of dance notation in the world today, and this elementary textbook
provides practical instructions for the study of its basic principles.
Students using it will examine the elements of movement and notation,
and practice dances they have created themselves, as well as learn
about dances created by established choreographers.
The principles of the system are presented in a sequence of clear,
graded lessons, illustrated with numerous examples and supplemented
with practical exercises in reading and writing, with each section
of the text presenting logical progressions of exploring and recording
84 pages, paperback
An Extraordinary Life
Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) was a visionary, a mystic,
a lover, a leader, a dancer, an artist, a teacher, and a theorist.
This is the story of his extraordinary life, a life intimately
bound up with the political, social and cultural upheavals that
formed the turbulent backdrop of modern Europe. He witnessed the
dissolution of the old order and was caught up in the rise of
Nazism from which he was eventually forced to flee to Britain.
He made his lasting impact in movement and dance, uncovering the
interconnectedness of the body and the psyche, the individual
and the group; and he devised a revolutionary method of movement
notation that continues its use and influence today. His ideas
have generated innovations, not just in dance, but also in acting
and performance, in the study of nonverbal communication, in ergonomics,
in educational theory and child development, in personality assessment
and psychotherapy. This book tells the story of his life of idealism,
disillusion and determination.
320 pages, paperbound
Century of Russian Ballet
exciting, wonderfully researched look onstage and backstage at
the Russian Ballet between 1810 and 1910. The story is built on
a framework of famous ballets by such celebrated choreographers
as Charles Didelot, Filippo Taglioni, Jules Perrot, Arthur Saint-Leon,
Marius Petipa and Mikhail Fokine. Onto this framework are placed
eyewitness accounts and criticisms, including biographies of choreographers,
accounts of life in the imperial theater school, reminiscences
of important artists, and reviews of first performances. Each
of the ten chapters is introduced with further commentary that
draws on press accounts and literature of the time.
Out of the mists of time, this story of the fabled Russian Ballet
comes as close as possible to the reality of being a student,
dancer and choreographer in its richest period. This is a reprint
of a book first published by Oxford University Press in 1990,
and long out of print.
pages of black & white illustrations
Story of Dai Ailian
enormously respected and influential figure in China, both for
her wide research into Chinese folk dance and her pivotal role
in the establishment of ballet in China, the achievements of the
teacher and choreographer Dai Ailian are not well known in the
west. Here is her story, set in the wide social and historical
context it deserves.
was born and spent her childhood in Trinidad, then went to study
in England. She journeyed to China were she took part in the resistance
to the Japanese invasion, then traveled to the remote Chinese
Borderlands, collecting and recording the dances of minority populations.
In 1954, Dai was appointed Principal of the Beijing Dance School,
a post she held until interrupted by the notorious Cultural Revolution.
She was sent to work in the fields (as were many artists) and
was rehabilitated in 1975. The next year she was made
Artistic Adviser to the National Ballet of China, where she devoted
the rest of her life to re-establishing the companys artistic
and technical standards.
author, internationally known dancer and choreographer and Senior
Teacher at Londons Royal Ballet School, was asked by Dai
Ailian to write this autobiography.
32 black& white illustrations
Romantic Ballet in Paris
of the romantic ballet, as well as the choreographers, composers,
designers, and balletomanes of the time are brought to life in
a colorful panorama of this great age of French ballet. The age
of romanticism in the first half of the nineteenth century was
one of the greatest periods in the history of ballet. In a span
of three decades (1820 to 1847) ballet became what it had never
been beforea major theater art, gaining new vitality and
meaning from the ideas of the romantic movement which rapidly
infiltrated each one of its component parts: scenarios, music,
décor, choreography and dance style.
center of the romantic ballet was the Paris Opéra. Its
high priest was the poet Théophile Gautier, who wrote the
scenarios of Giselle and other ballets. He explained the dual
nature of the romantic ballet by contrasting the two rival ballerinas,
the spiritual Taglioni and the passionate Elssler.
definitive study, completely revised and updated, handsomely produced
and beautifully illustrated, is based on exhaustive research of
the archives of the Paris Opéra and printed and pictorial
sources of the time.
An Analysis and Description of the Cecchetti Method of Classical
Hutchinson Guest and Toby Bennett
Cecchetti Legacy provides a more detailed account of the Cecchetti
Method, one of the great classical methods of teaching ballet,
than has yet been published. Both word descriptions and Labanotation
are used to describe style and technique (body integration,
dynamics and space, the use of the head and torso, the use of
the arms and the use of the leg and foot) and the enchainements
(barre work, port de bras, center practice, adage, center pirouettes,
allegro, des pas sur les pointes, steps for men, tours en diagonale
and tours round the room). For those teachers and students who
cannot read Labanotation there is much in the written text that
will both supplement and clarify a great deal of what is already
available in the Cecchetti manuals, although an ability to read
Labanotation would be very helpful in using this book.
complete Labanotation score, drawing on wide sources of information,
as well as exploring more detailed descriptions of movement texture
and timing (those extras that give the style its character
and exceed mere word instruction), will enable future dance students
and scholars to access an even more comprehensive account of Enrico
index, guide to weekly exercises, illustrated
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the Black Question
The Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon
dynamic cultural history of the internationally celebrated Phoenix
Dance Company, unique in several ways: its members were in their
teens when they formed the company in 1981, they gained recognition
very early in their careers through an established television
arts program in 1984, they were skillful performers but had not
received formal training, they were based in the north of England
at a time when most dance centered in London (and New York), and
they were black British men who had known each other since childhood,
coming from a tight-knit African-Caribbean community.
children, they learned a lot from London Contemporary Dance
Theatre and watched videos of Twyla Tharp, Netherlands Dance Company,
Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey Company.
complex narrative, played out through gender, ethnicity and class,
places Phoenix as a significant artistic force in contemporary
dance. One of the paradoxes it faced was the expectation by funding
bodies, critics and audiences that it represent the black
community. Such expectations posed a challenge for each
successive artistic director. This provocative story investigates
institutional racism on the part of arts policy makers, funders
pages, paperbound, 6" x 9"
Re-Visions Across a Century
Jordans ground-breaking survey and close examination of
a range of Stravinsky dancessome familiar, others less sosheds
new, unexpected light upon a renowned composer of ballet music.
This book is essential reading for scholars and students in the
fields of dance, music and interdisciplinary studies.
Shoes, Tips and Tricks
for Choosing, Tuning, Care
280 color illustrations show how to modify shoes step by step,
using scissors, needle and thread, hot water and elastic, to adapt
pointe shoes perfectly for all types of foot and all types of
floor surfaces, and to help them last as long as possible. Also
contains valuable suggestions for foot fitness. Over 100 tips
and tricks for personal pointe shoe tuning, for both beginners
Struggle with the Angel
A Poetics of Lloyd Newsons Strange Fish
From the book: Theoretically and methodologically,
this text offers a contribution to the development of interpretive
theory in the arts and to the analysis of performance practices.
Topical, conceptual, and methological problems
are explored through an extended analysis of Strange Fish
(1992) by Lloyd Newson and the DV8 Physical Theatre (UK)
...I ask how it comments on and reconstructs
the story of Christ. It uses well-known moments and
images from the story of his life and draws on the morality found
in biblical tales.
...In ironic contrast, it challenges Christian
views of morality at a time of discomfort for the Church. Evidence
emerges of explicit homosexuality, of child abuse, and the fathering
of illegitimate children. This evidence invites the view that
theological attacks on different forms of sexuality are mendacious
268 pages, paperbound, 6" x 9"
Princeton Book Company/
& Skin Care for Dance, Cheer,
Show Choir, Pageants & Ice Skating
invaluable resource, beauty guide, and instructional book
that educates and empowers performance artists!
Linda Bernabei-Retter, President, Stagewear L.A. Costume
The perfect book for every performer, mom, studio owner
and applier of makeup of every age! Easy to read in a
logical format that presents must-have knowledge.
Doug Shaffer, President, Music Works
a must have for all performers!
You do not need to search any further than this wonderful book.
Tremaine, President, Joe Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions
Starting with the essentials of basic skin care and maintenance,
this comprehensive guide details tips and techniques for handling
the unique makeup needs of performance athletes such as dancers,
cheerleaders, gymnasts, and skaters. Following a discussion of
the different skin types, daily routines and various productsincluding
herbal remediesthe guide lays the groundwork for the creation
of a flawless, long-lasting, face. In addition to detailing the
fundamentals of makeup application, the book explains how to make
allowances for extreme and varied conditions of performance spaces
and demonstrates how to camouflage individual flaws. A section
on character faces includes directions for creating a Spanish
flamenco, a cabaret star, a ballerina angel, and a cat.
About the Author: Christine
Dion has more than 25 years of experience as a makeup artist and
is the owner of Mode Dion, a cosmetics and makeup training company
that specializes in providing cosmetics and education to performing
artists. As an educator and trainer she has collaborated with
companies such as Chanel, Estée Lauder Corporation, and
Gucci. She is the producer of the film The Competition Face:
The Winning Look and has written for American Cheerleader,
Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher. She lives in Palm
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146 full color photographs
available in this series
High Performance Beauty DVDs
Junior Stage Face
juniors (under 11 years), and those who help them with their make-up,
how to achieve a flawless performance face Easy, fast and comforting,
Christine guides the viewer through techniques that are designed
just for children who are, at times, uneasy with the experience
of makeup application. From achieving perfect brows (the frame),
beautiful open eyes, flawless skin, enhancing small features and
adding show appeal, this instructional will show you the way to
a professional, age appropriate, polished performance face.
Senior/Adult Stage Face
teens and adults how to get a flawless stage face. Perfect for
dance, cheer and show choir. Easy to follow application techniques
along with enlightening dos and donts. Discusses using
neutral colors to compliment every costume change. Demonstrates
how to define features and add show appeal for the most polished
Exercises for Classroom, Gym and Playground
in Your School presents a series of short Yoga breaks
designed for teachers to easily insert into their daily classroom
schedule. Each posture or breathing technique may be practiced
in less than three minutes, so that they may be used regularly
or as needed, when attention or energy begins to wane. The short
segments may also be combined to create longer sequences for physical
education classes, playgrounds, athletic and recreation centers,
camps and dance schools. This book is designed to jump off the
pages and inspire teachers to adapt the exercises to work in their
particular circumstance with no additional training. These simple
movement exercises are designed to develop concentration, improve
motor skills and physical fitness, develop strength, flexibility
simply taking a few moments to stop between activities to breathe
and stretch, teachers may create a harmonious classroom with calm
alert children who are receptive and eager to learn.
the next ten years, Yoga in school will be the norm.
Gates, Child magazine
the Author: Teressa Asencia, B.A. University of Iowa, M.A.
City University of New York, has taught Yoga for twenty five years
in California, New York, Canada, China, Tunisia and France and
continues to teach Yoga workshops internationally. She wrote and
produced three Yoga series for Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and
is the author of Playful Family Yoga.
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129 black & white photographs
Explorations in the City of Light
Discovered is a collection of 50 probing
chapters intended for armchair travelers and visitors to the City
of Light. Digging deep into Paris memories, the author has
discovered patterns of the past that have left tangible imprints
on the city today. McAuliffe explores Paris through space and
time, from the top of Notre Dame to the medieval aqueducts that
still lie beneath its streets; from the Impressionists Path
to the barricades of Les Miserables; from Abélard
and Héloïse to Napoleon; from the antiques of Village
Saint-Paul to the new hot spot for shopping, Viaduc des Arts.
She unearths the Paris that charmed Benjamin Franklin, Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams in the eighteenth century - and George
Gershwin and Ernest Hemingway in the twentieth century. In her
explorations, McAuliffe discovers a hidden river, the Bièvre,
and follows its course. You feel that you are on an adventure
with the author as she investigates the city and discovers surprises
such as a twelfth century chapel disguised as a private house!
Or a mysterious small round building with a distinctive cupola
that turns out to be part of an ancient waterworks! Full of off-the-beaten
path excursions and little known historical facts about prominent
locations, Paris Discovered intrigues and englightens.
Cloth bound, 288 pages 6" x 9"
Paris Opéra Ballet
concise history of the Paris Opéra Ballet begins with its
origins in 1661 and continues through 2000. Originally published
in French, it is presented for the first time in an English language
edition. Includes appendices of ballets produced between 1776
and 2004, Principal Dancers, Principal Ballet Masters, Guest Artists
and a list of ballets performed more than 100 times.
pages, hardbound, 32 pages
of illustrations, including prints,
drawings and photographs.
A Guide for Preschool and Elementary School Teachers
joyful book guides and encourages teachers to incorporate movement
into classroom learning. Included are seventy easy and fun classroom
movement activities that serve as examples for you to use when
creating your own variations, even if you have not studied movement
or dance. Lesson plans provide models for building your own.
book provides an historical overview of dancing in U.S. public
education curriculum during the twentieth and twenty first century.
It identifies the objectives of physical education curriculum,
kinesthetic reinforcement of classroom learning, and arts education,
all in relation to dance education. In addition to giving a strong
argument for the value of movement awareness during educational
development, this book includes resource lists and a specialized
index of movement, activities and dances.
really enjoyed reading this book and trying ideas out with my
Chris Roberts, 4th grade teacher, Utah
has been successful in laying out intricate concepts in a direct,
comprehensive and organized fashion.
Bashaw, Director of Dance Education, New York University
the Author: Ann Dunkin has a Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory
from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in Human
Development Education from the University of Maryland. She has
several decades of experience in developing and presenting dance
education programs for children and their teachers, and toured
much of the U.S. for several years performing original children's
dance productions and conducting teachers' workshops. Among much
other experience presenting dance in education, she taught teaching
dance to pre-service elementary educators at California
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74 line drawings
Imagery and Exercise for Strength, Health, and Beauty
mental technique of imagerydemonstrated, for example, when
a dancer pictures a sunflower reaching toward the sun as he/ she
thoroughly explained in this guide to daily stress-relieving routines.
Movement, coordination, flexibility, and posture are all external
characteristics that can be improved significantly with a strong
mental health through imagery can benefit circulation, breathing
and even individual body cells. Practical advicehow to choose
and use an assortment of personal mental images, how to use tricks
such as mental recycling, and how to set up an imagined
portable fitness studiocan be used stress-inducing
dead time waiting in line, climbing stairs, sitting in an airplane
seat, talking on the telephone, or running the vacuum cleaner.
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An International Anthology
of Poems on Dance
by Alkis Raftis
105 poems that comprise this anthology are as delightfully varied
in voice as the dancing that inspires them. With this collection,
Raftis proposes that we celebrate the diversity of dance and hear
poetrys response to the many languages of the body. Poets
include Denise Levertov, William Carlos Williams, Lord Byron,
Langston Hughes, D.H. Lawrence, Sadi, Claude McKay, Euripedes,
Li Po, Thomas Hardy, Theodore Roethke, Rainer Maria Rilke and
pages, paperbound, 6" x 9"
energy in the dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, and Merce
The goal in this interdisciplinary book is to show that uses of
energy in movement are central to dance practice and analysis.
316 pages, paperbound
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