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Most popular Contemporary dance books

The most popular Contemporary dance books currently available. Updated weekly.
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Ballet and Modern Dance
A guide to the rich history of western dance in all its incarnations from 16th-century court ballet to the genre-shattering contortions of 21st-century theatrical dance. Part of the "World of Art" series, it is updated for the new millennium to feature various styles, performers and technology.
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Craig Revel Horwood's Ballroom Dancing: A Strictly Fantastic Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering All Your Favourite Dance Moves
Let Craig Revel Horwood show you how to master the basic steps and discover the joy of ballroom dancing.
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Mastery of Movement
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Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Rosas 2007-2017
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Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done
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Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop
The autobiography of a legendary swing dancer
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Dancing on the Canon: Embodiments of Value in Popular Dance
Employing a cultural theory approach, this book explores the relationship between popular dance and value. It traces the shifting value systems that underpin popular dance scholarship and considers how different dancing communities articulate complex expressions of judgment, significance and worth through their embodied practice.
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Ballet, Why and How?
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Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in Contemporary Dance and Performance
This book illuminates the relationship between philosophy and experimental choreographic practice today in the works of leading European choreographers. A discussion of key issues in contemporary performance from the viewpoint of Deleuze, Spinoza and Bergson is accompanied by intricate analyses of seven groundbreaking dance performances.
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Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in Contemporary Dance and Performance
This book illuminates the relationship between philosophy and experimental choreographic practice today in the works of leading European choreographers. A discussion of key issues in contemporary performance from the viewpoint of Deleuze, Spinoza and Bergson is accompanied by intricate analyses of seven groundbreaking dance performances.
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Dance Dramaturgy: Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement
Ten international dramaturg-scholars advance proposals that reset notions of agency in contemporary dance creation. Dramaturgy becomes driven by artistic inquiry, distributed among collaborating artists, embedded in improvisation tasks, or weaved through audience engagement, and the dramaturg becomes a facilitator of dramaturgical awareness.
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Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical
Bob Fosse is one of the most significant figures in the post-World War II American musical theater. Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical is a fascinating look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director. It traces is early dance years, the influence of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins, and the impact of his three marriages-all to dancers-on his career.
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Rage of Staging: Wim Vandekeybus
The first book on Wim Vandekeybus, international choreographer, and his company Ultima Vez.
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Merce Cunningham: Common Time
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Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow
Using new archival discoveries and interviews, Honest Bodies illustrates how Anna Sokolow's choreography circulated American modernism internationally from the 1930s to the 1960s. Author Hannah Kosstrin argues that Sokolow's dances embodied the relationship between Communist ideals and Jewish culture.
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Zodiac Gestures in Eurythmy
This book shows how zodiac gestures can help eurythmists draw a deeper connection between the earth and the cosmos, unlocking the secrets of the zodiac.
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Who Is Surfing Who: Adam Linder
This monograph surveys the work of the Los Angeles-based choreographer and dancer Adam Linder, whose nuanced and highly evocative work offers a critical reflection on the nature of live performance and the role of dance within museums. Published in association with the Hammer Museum
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How to Land: Finding Ground in an Unstable World
How to Land offers a new look at embodiment that treats gravity as the organizing force for thinking and moving through our twenty-first century world.
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Butoh Dance Training: Secrets of Japanese Dance Through the Alishina Method
This book is a complete guide to the Alishina Method which draws on classical and avant-garde Japanese dance traditions to offer a systemized approach to Butoh dance training. It provides practical instruction and fully illustrated exercises, including instruction on basic body training and exercises for cultivating Qi and refining the senses.
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Dancing The Rainbow:Holistic Well-Being Through Movement
Inside everyone there is a dancer waiting to break free. This book asks if dance, voice and movement could be more than an expression of creativity but also a way of healing?
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Last Guru: The Authorised Biography of Robert Cohan
The authorised biography of Robert Cohan, distinguished choreographer. This book is based on extensive interviews with Cohan, his family, friends and colleagues. Drawing together his life in dance, it provides the first in depth study of this seminal figure in the dance world.
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Multiplicity, Embodiment and the Contemporary Dancer: Moving Identities
This book explores the co-creative practice of contemporary dancers solely from the point of view of the dancer. It reveals multiple dancing perspectives, drawn from interviews, current writing and evocative accounts from inside the choreographic process, illuminating the myriad ways that dancers contribute to the production of dance culture.
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Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History
Here is the vibrant, colorful, high-stepping story of tap - the first comprehensive, fully documented history of a uniquely American art form. Writing with all the verve and grace of tap itself, Constance Valis Hill offers a sweeping narrative, filling a major gap in American dance history and placing tap firmly center stage.
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Making Ballet American: Modernism Before and Beyond Balanchine
Situating ballet within twentieth-century modernism, this book brings complexity to the history of George Balanchine's American neoclassicism. It intervenes in the prevailing historical narrative and rebalances Balanchine's role in dance history by revealing the complex social, cultural, and political forces that actually shaped the construction of American neoclassical ballet.