Harriet Lihs and The Editors of Dance Horizons
Appreciating Dance, 5th Edition is a thorough and accurate history of various forms of dance, analyzing everything from social dance and ballet and modern dance to tap, jazz, theatrical dance and contemporary dance. In it readers will find a brief biography of notable dancers and choreographers, information needed to expand the enjoyment of performance; the intersection of dance and religion; the history of dance through the beginning of the 21st century; and budding dance trends. Each chapter in this fifth edition has been updated and revised with new information, suggestions for YouTube viewing, and discussion questions.
Table of Contents
1. Definitions and Origins
2. Dance and Religion
3. Social Dance
4. The Development of Ballet: From the Royal Courts to Theatrical Dance
5. Modern Dance
6. The American Originals: Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Television and Film Dance
7. Dance in the 21st Century
8. A Dancer's World: Careers and Concerns
ISBN 9780871273994 $39.95
by Ted Shawn
Ground-breaking dancer and choreographer Ted Shawn writes about Delsarte’s life and philosophy, his science of applied aesthetics, the application of this science to the art of dance, and influence of Delsarte on American dance.
François Delsarte (1811-1871) discovered principles that demonstrate that the body gives form to feeling and, therefore, to meaning. “Gesture,” he said, “is the direct agent of the heart.” Important to dancers is the way emotional states are reflected in gesture, movements, shape of the body, and facial contours, which are described and illustrated in this book. Shawn writes: “From my first introduction to Delsarte’s principles and laws in 1914, I have consciously used and applied them in all my work as dancer, choreographer, and teacher.”
1. François Delsarte, The Man and His Philosophy
2. A Statement of the Laws of Delsarte’s Philosophy
3. Application of These Laws to the Art of the Dance
4. The Influence of Delsarte on American Dance
Appendix: Bibliography with Commentary
Ted Shawn (1891-1972) has been called the “Father of American Dance.” With Ruth St. Denis he founded the Denishawn Company and school in 1915, and in 1931 founded Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which continues today. His Men’s Group, which he established in 1933, sought to overcome the prevailing prejudice against male dancers.
ISBN 9780871273932 $9.99
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.
ISBN 9780871273819 $24.99
Paris 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.
ISBN 9780871273710 $14.95
The gripping story of the men and women of Emergency Medical Services who make the streets of the city their career
Francis J. Rella, NREMT-P
September 11, 2001 attacks and aftermath written by a paramedic. Starting just before the attack on the World Trade Center, the book follows Rella’s paramedic crew from their station at St. Vincent’s Hospital in lower Manhattan and depicts the day-to-day lives of medics in America’s largest city. The book contains real-life dialogue and speaks with a realism that comes only from personal experience
ISBN 9780871273680 $11.95
and Rachael Dunaven Yocom
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
As Practiced in the School of the Dance Theatre of Harlem
and Other Statements on Dance
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
Princeton Book Company, Publishers
Be The First To Know
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
A Portrait of José Limón in Words and Pictures
Barbara Pollack and Charles Humphrey Woodford
Dance is a Moment captures Limï¿½nï¿½s 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
The Science and Art of Ballet
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