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In the introduction to his recently published collection of critiques and commentaries on dance (Revealing Dance Selected Writings 1970's - 2001, Dance Colllection Danse), Max Wyman gives an eloquent answer to " Why Write About Dance?" " All live theatrical performance -- music, theatre, dance -- is defined by its transience. But dance, the most physical of all the arts, is the one that speaks most eloquently about the implications of mortality -- and at the same time voices our defiance. No other art form speaks so directly about the ephemerality of life, or about the human instinct to aim for that perfect moment of self-realization. No other art form gives such a visible immediacy to that transience, that striving. Dance happens and is gone, nothing more than a trace in the air, as evanescent as a dream. What we treasure about it, as much as the moment of dance itself, is the memory of that moment. It is an artform that marries celebration to regret: an artform that, entirely through the language of the body, speaks about the whole human conundrum."

Dance companies, biographies, specific ballets and designs all make for some of the most beautiful books in this section. However, the section also has books on dance and ballet instruction, choreography, theory of movement and anatomy. Jazz, tap, waltz, line or square dancing, if it moves, it will be in this section. Also a growing selection of dance videos for pleasure or instruction.

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