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Criticism, Theory and History

Talk About Contemporary DanceTalk About Contemporary Dance
Phillipe Noisette
This richly illustrated book offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to contemporary dance, outlining its origins, current movements, and emerging trends emanating from across the globe. Softcover, 256 pp. $34.00.

Dancing RevelationsDancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture

Thomas F. DeFrantz
Thomas DeFrantz chronicles the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's journey from a small modern dance company to one of the premier institutions of African American culture. He not only charts this rise to national and international renown, but also contextualizes this progress within the civil rights, women's rights, and gay rights struggles of the late twentieth century. Softcover, 300 pp. $30.00.

Apollo's Angels: A History of BalletApollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

Jennifer Homans
Ballet is a unique art form. Without written texts or standardized notation, it's principles are passed down through generations from teacher to student. As such, it's style has been shaped by the Renaissance and Classicism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Bolshevism, Modernism, and the Cold War. Apollo's Angels is a groundbreaking work -- the first cultural history of ballet ever written, lavishly illustrated and beautifully told. Hardcover, 643 pp. $40.00.

Oxford Dictionary of DanceOxford Dictionary of Dance

Debra Craine & Judith Mackrell
Written by two leading experts, The Oxford Dictionary of Dance covers all aspects of dance development and performance, spanning the wide world of dance styles from flamenco to hip-hop, from ballet to Japanese butoh. This authoritative dictionary remains a unique and wide-ranging reference source for all dance fans, as well as students, teachers, and choreographers. Softcover, 502 pp. $21.95.

Appreciating DanceAppreciating Dance

Fourth Edition
Harriet Lihs
This is a concise, thorough and accurate history and current picture of all forms of dance. Inside you will find a brief biography of many of the notable dancers of choreographers who have contributed to each form of dance, as well as a wealth of information about the intersection of dance and religion, social dance, ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, film and theatrical dance and contemporary dance. Softcover, 188 pp. $29.95.

Reading DanceReading Dance

Robert Gottlieb
With over 200 entries from the 19th century to the present, these interviews, profiles, and historical accounts amount to a monumental publishing event. Dance enthusiasts will be absolutely mesmerized by reading the words of Cecil Beaton, Irene Castle, Ninette de Valois, Bronislava Nijinska, Maya Plisetskaya, Allegra Kent, Serge Lifar, Jose Limon, Alicia Markova, Ruth St. Denis, Susan Sontag, Jean Renoir, and many others. The voluminous content is made all the more engaging by Robert Gottlieb's incisive running commentary. Hardcover, 1330 pp. $52.00.

Further Steps 2Further Steps 2

Constance Kreemer
Further Steps brings together New York's foremost choreographers to discuss the past, present and future of dance in the US. In a series of exclusive and enlightening interviews, this diverse selection of artists discuss the changing roles of race, gender, politics, and the social environment on their work. Softcover, 238 pp. $37.95.

The Black Dancing BodyThe Black Dancing Body

Brenda Dixon Gottschild
What is the essence of "black" dance in America, and what is the black dancing body? To answer these questions, Brenda Dixon Gottschild charts an unorthadox history by mapping the geography of the black dancing body and showing its central place in our culture. Since race and color are usually taboo subjects in the dance world, what the author finds our is sure to cause controversy and turn heads. The Black Dancing Body is a key to the ineffable rhythms and movement of dance in America. Softcover, 332 pp. $30.95.

Twenty-Eight Artists and Two SaintsTwenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints

Joan Acocella
From one of our most admired cultural critics, thirty-one essays on some of the most influencial artists of our time - writers, dancers, choreographers, sculptors - and two saints of all time, Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene. What unites the book is Acocella's interest in the making of art and in the courage, perseverance, and, sometimes, dumb luck that it requires. Softcover, 524 pp. $18.95.

Revealing DanceRevealing Dance

Max Wyman
A collection of Wyman's writing from the past 30 years including a chapter on Kimberly Glasco vs. The National Ballet of Canada. Softcover, 320 pp. $24.95.

Writing in the Dark: Dancing in the New YorkerWriting in the Dark: Dancing in the New Yorker
Arlene Croce
"Theoretically, I am ready to go to anything -- once. If it moves, I'm interested; if it moves to music, I'm in love." . Entertaining, intelligent, and always passionate, Arlene Croce wrote The New Yorker's dancing column from 1973 until 1998. Her most significant and provocative writings, collected here, reverberate with consequence and controversy for the state of the art today. Softcover, 768 pp. $35.95.

Dance & The Lived BodyDance & The Lived Body
Sondra Horton Fraleigh
Through her consciousness of dance as an art, her experience as a dancer, and phenomenalogical literature on the lived body, the author explores the meaning of dance as an existential art. Softcover, 284 pp. $29.95.

Nutcracker NationNutcracker Nation
Jennifer Fisher
The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet in the world, adopted and adapted by hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada every Christmas season. In this entertainingly informative book, Jennifer Fisher offers new insights into the Nutcracker phenomenon, examining it as a dance scholar and critic, a former participant, an observer of popular culture, and an interviewer of those who dance, present, and watch the beloved ballet. $27.50.

Rethinking Dance History: A ReaderRethinking Dance History: A Reader

Alexandra Carter
Featuring work by some of the major voices in dance writing and discourse, Rethinking Dance History will prove invaluable for both scholars and practioners, and a source of interest for anyone who is fascinated by dance's rich and multi-layered history. By taking a fresh approach to the study of history in general, Alexandra Carter offers new perspectives on improtant periods in dance history and seeks to address some gaps and silences within that history. Softcover, 196 pp. $44.95.

No Fixed PointsNo Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century
Nancy Reynolds and Martin McCormack
No Fixed Points surveys a century of dramatic developments in ballet, modern dance, and avant-garde dance for stage and screen in Europe and North America. With illuminating detail, more than 200 fascinating illustrations, and wide-ranging insights, this is the definitive treatise on the cultural shifts and aesthetic transformations that characterized dance in the twentieth century. Hardcover, 907 pp. $72.00.

Envisioning Dance On Film and VideoEnvisioning Dance On Film and Video
Judy Mitoma
Collaboration between filmmakers and dance makers began with the dawn of cinema, and today virtually everyone working in dance uses media. Envisioning Dance on Film and Video provides personal accounts by professionals who have set the standard for this cross-fertilization of ideas and disciplines. A unique and authoritative treatise on the subject. Softcover, 336 pp. $59.95.

New and Curious School of Theatrical DancingNew and Curious School of Theatrical Dancing
Gregorio Lambanzi
The classic illustrated treatise on Commedia dell'Arte Performance. Each of the 101 illustrations (reproductions of the original engravings by Johann George Puschner) are juxtaposed with a short passage of musical accompaniment and a hand-lettered German caption. Softcover, 137 pp. $19.95.

Courtly Dance of the Renaissance
Courtly Dance of the Renaissance
Fabritio Caroso
One of the best-known guides to courtly dance of the Renaissance was the Nobilta di Dame (1600), an Italian dance manual offering a rich repertory of aristocratic social dance, including the music and fully described choreography for forty-nine dances. It is presented here in an expertly translated English edition by Julia Sutton, with music transcribed and edited by F. Marian Walker. Softcover, 408 pp., $24.95.

Waltzing in the DarkWaltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era
Brenda Dixon Gottschild
This unique study focuses on the social, racial and artistic climate for African American performers working during the swing era. Winner of the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication. Softcover, $38.95.

Moving History/Dancing CulturesMoving History/Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader
Ann Dils & Ann Cooper Albright
A large format "reader" divided into four thematic sections: Thinking About Dance History -- Theories and Practices; World Dance Traditions; America Dancing; Contemporary Dance -- Global Contexts. This is an excellent addition to dance ethnography/appreciation scholorship. $34.95.

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Ballet and Modern Dance: A Concise History
Jack Anderson
2nd Edition pp. $29.95.

Dance History, 2nd edition.
Janet Adshead-Lansdale co-authored with June Layson
Fully revised and updated, this book addresses the rationale, processes and methodologies specific to the study of dance history, examining a full range of genres. 289 pp. $45.95.

Dance Rituals of Experience, 3rd edition.
Jamake Highwater
A powerful overview of the history of dance. 224 pp. $44.00.

Dancing Women
Sally Banes
Examines Western-dance from a feminist perspective. Combining close readings of performances with analysis of the socio-political and cultural context of specific dances, renowned critic and historian Sally Banes opens up dynamic new ways of seeing the female body on stage. 278 pp. $53.95.

Sharing the Dance: Contact Improvisation & the American Culture
Cynthia J Novack
The author considers the development of this dance form within its web of historical, social and cultural contexts. 258 pp. $29.95.

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader
Alexandra Carter
A collection of dance writings from the 1980s and 1990s divided into sections such as choreographing, performing, writing criticism and studying dance. 316 pp. $50.95.

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