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Life in Motion

by Misty Copeland Touchstone (March 04, 2014)

A bestselling and prize-winning memoir by African-American ballerina Misty Copeland, Life in Motion is the vividly told story of her journey to the world-class American Ballet Theatre--and delves into the harrowing...

Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet

by Gail Grant Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

From adagio to voyage, over 800 steps, movements, poses, and concepts are fully defined. A pronunciation guide and cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions also included.

The Collaborative Habit

by Twyla Tharp & Jesse Kornbluth Simon & Schuster (November 24, 2009)

In a career that has spanned four decades, choreographer Twyla Tharp has collaborated with great musicians, designers, thousands of dancers, and almost a hundred companies. She's experienced the thrill of shared...

Ancient Egyptian Dances

by Irena Lexová Dover Publications (December 03, 2012)

One of the few books in English on the topic investigates origins, nature, role of dance in ancient Egypt. 80 drawings and illustrations adapted from tomb paintings, other sources. New introduction. Bibliography....

Basic Principles of Classical Ballet

by Agrippina Vaganova Dover Publications (March 21, 2012)

Discusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. 118...

The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet: Theory and Technique

by Cyril W. Beaumont & Stanislas Idzikowski Dover Publications (May 29, 2012)

A complete beginning course in classical ballet, this volume is based on the teachings of the celebrated instructor, Enrico Cecchetti. Features a numbered series of instructions for each exercise, plus 109 detailed...

Myth Performance in the African Diasporas: Ritual, Theatre, and Dance

by Benita Brown, Dannabang Kuwabong & Christopher Olsen Scarecrow Press (December 24, 2013)

This book examines the concept and practice of myth performance in African Diaspora dramas and dances. These six essays chart a new path that enriches and enhances the understanding of African diaspora myth...

Geographies of Dance: Body, Movement, and Corporeal Negotiations

by Olaf Kuhlke, Adam M. Pine, Matthew Kurtz & Teresa Heiland et al. Lexington Books (December 24, 2013)

This book is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between dance and geography. It includes articles from geographers, anthropologists, dance historians, architects, and urban planners and...

Anthropology of the Performing Arts: Artistry, Virtuosity, and Interpretation in Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Anya Peterson Royce AltaMira Press (May 05, 2004)

Anya Peterson Royce turns the anthropological gaze on the performing arts, attempting to find broad commonalities in performance, art, and artists across space, time, and culture. She asks general questions...

Salsa and Its Transnational Moves

by Sheenagh Pietrobruno Lexington Books (March 07, 2006)

Salsa and Its Transnational Moves presents a critical analysis of salsa dancing in Quebec, Canada. Pulling from such varied fields as anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, and popular music studies,...

The Dance: Historic Illustrations of Dancing

by An Antiquary (July 11, 2013)


Egyptian, Assyrian, Hebrew and Phoenician Dancing.


Dancing with the Greeks.


Etruscan-South Italian, Roman Dancing, etc.


The "Early English" and "Mediaeval" dance to...

The Stage's Glory: John Rich (1692-1761)

by Jeremy Barlow, Berta Joncus, Felicity Nussbaum & Moira Goff et al. University of Delaware Press (May 13, 2011)

John Rich (1692-1761) was a profoundly influential figure of the eighteenth-century London stage. As producer, manager and performer, he transformed the urban entertainment market, creating genres and promotional...

Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress

by Judith Lynne Hanna AltaMira Press (July 20, 2006)

Dancing for Health explains the cognitive, emotional, and physical dimensions of dance in a spectrum of stress management approaches. Designed for anyone interested in health and healing, this book offers lessons...

Rudolf Laban: The Dancer of the Crystal

by Evelyn Doerr Scarecrow Press (October 28, 2007)

This biography of the dancer, choreographer, and artist Rudolf Laban offers a biographical discussion presenting Laban as a pioneering figure of European expressionism and the founding father of modern dance,...

Brotherhood In Rhythm: The Jazz Tap Dancing of the Nicholas Brothers

by Constance Valis Hill Cooper Square Press (April 23, 2002)

Tap dance innovators and stars Harold and Fayard Nicholas are the focus of this biography that not only tells of their performances with Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway and their many appearances in films, but...

Grandmother's Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing

by Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi & Monique Arav Interlink Books (November 15, 2012)

"Come, sit by me," says Grandmother. "Take this chalk in your hand. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. It is the beginning and the end, the navel of the world."

So Fawzia Al-Rawi...

Meet the Dancers

by Amy Nathan Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 09, 2008)

Lots of kids enjoy dancing, but what motivates them to push past the sore muscles, early-morning technique classes, and crazy schedule required to become a professional dancer? In this book, dancers from many...

Behind the Burly Q

by Leslie Zemeckis & Blaze Starr Skyhorse (November 04, 2014)

By the director of the hit documentary Behind the Burly Q comes the first ever oral history of American Burlesque--as told by the performers who lived it, often speaking out here for the first time. By telling...

The Lucid Body

by Fay Simpson & Eleanor Rose Boynton Allworth (June 02, 2020)

“From Fay’s methodology, I learned to use my intuition and lived experiences in myriad new ways.” —Winston Duke, actor, Black Panther, Avengers, Us, and Nine Days

Engaging Mind and Body to Develop the...

A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys

by Mia Michaels Seal Press (April 30, 2018)

An empowerment manifesto for creatives, misfits, innovators, and disruptors from the star of So You Think You Can Dance and creator of Broadway's Finding Neverland

A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys offers a playbook...

A Star Is Born

by Lorna Luft & Jeffrey Vance Running Press Adult (September 17, 2018)

New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born -- at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. This is a vivid...

Celestial Bodies

by Laura Jacobs Basic Books (May 07, 2018)

A distinguished dance critic offers an enchanting introduction to the art of ballet

As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. It communicates through movement,...

The Art of Movement

by Deborah Ory Black Dog & Leventhal (October 24, 2016)

A stunning celebration of movement and dance in hundreds of breathtaking photographs by the creative team behind NYC Dance Project.

The Art of Movement is an exquisite collection of photographs by well-known...

Weird Dance

by Tim Rayborn & Abigail Keyes Skyhorse (September 18, 2018)

Attend a grand ball of the bizarre and never look at dance the same way again!

Weird Dance processes through the odd, grim, and unintentionally humorous history of dance, uncovering strange stories and weird...

Movement for Actors (Second Edition)

by Nicole Potter, Barbara Adrian & Mary Fleischer Allworth (January 03, 2017)

In this updated rich resource for actors, renowned movement teachers and directors reveal the physical skills needed for the stage and the screen. Readers will gain remarkable insights into the physical skills...

The Zodiac Gestures in Eurythmy

by Werner Barfod & Sally Lake-Edwards Floris Books (April 18, 2019)

Eurythmy is an art form that makes sounds visible. By incorporating zodiac gestures into their art, as indicated by Rudolf Steiner, eurythmists can draw on a deep connection between the earth and the cosmos....

Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection

by Deirdre Kelly Greystone Books (September 07, 2012)

Throughout her history, the ballerina has been perceived as the embodiment of beauty and perfection— the feminine ideal. But the reality is another story. From the earliest ballerinas in the 17th century, who...

Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home

by Maria Finn Algonquin Books (February 09, 2010)

“Beautifully told. Maria Finn relays her adventures in the world of tango with excitement, wit, and insight.”

Robert Farris Thompson, author of Tango: The Art History of Love

Maria Finn's husband was...

Dance, Disability and Law

by Sarah Whatley, Charlotte Waelde & Shawn Harmon Intellect (June 01, 2018)

This edited collection is the first book to that focus on the intersection between dance, disability and law. Bringing together a range of writers from different disciplines, this volume considers the question...

Clarence Brown

by Gwenda Young & Kevin Brownlow The University Press of Kentucky (September 26, 2018)

Greta Garbo proclaimed him as her favorite director. Actors, actresses, and even child stars were so at ease under his direction that they were able to deliver inspired and powerful performances. Academy--Award--nominated...

Daethon & Arundel

by David Hotchkiss Clink Street Publishing (May 03, 2018)

Separated by class and by eighteenth century societal rules, a lowly palace servant, Daethon, and the young prince, Arundel, fall in love in a world beset by dangers. Set in the wild lands between Austria and...

Performing Exile

by Judith Rudakoff Intellect (November 01, 2017)

Bringing together a range of perspectives to examine the full impact of political, socio-economic, or psychological experiences of exile, Performing Exile: Foreign Bodies presents an inclusive mix of voices...

A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys

by Mia Michaels Da Capo Press (May 01, 2018)

An empowerment manifesto for creatives, misfits, innovators, and disruptors from the star of So You Think You Can Dance and creator of Broadway's Finding Neverland

A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys offers a playbook...

A Star Is Born

by Lorna Luft & Jeffrey Vance Running Press (September 18, 2018)

New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born-at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. This is a vivid...

And Then We Danced

by Henry Alford Simon & Schuster (June 12, 2018)

“Captivating…equal parts memoir and cultural history, Henry Alford seamlessly interweaves heartwarming and hilarious anecdotes about his deep dive into all things dance” (Misty Copeland, The New York Times...

The Essential Guide to Tap Dance

by Derek Hartley Crowood (March 26, 2018)

From the propulsive rhythm of the African dancer, to the swinging ragtime of the American jazz age, tap dancing has evolved into a unique blend of cultural expression, improvisation and creativity, open to all...

Midnight at the Crossroads

by Alia Thabit Dance Art Press (November 23, 2017)

The Eastern ethos, from which arise both belly dance and its music, is one of of feeling, improvisation, and joy. However, Western dancers rarely have access to this information, so they rely on their existing...

New Territories

by Greg Homann & Marc Maufort Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (April 30, 2015)

South African theatre, drama, and performance is a vibrant and rapidly developing area of contemporary theatre studies. In this critical anthology of essays and interviews, some of the world’s most respected...

Immigration and Contemporary British Theater

by Victoria Sams Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers (April 22, 2014)

Immigration and Contemporary British Theater: Finding a Home on the Stage analyzes how contemporary British theater has responded to post-war immigration to the United Kingdom through its depictions of home...

Theory and Practice in Eighteenth-Century Dance

by Tilden Russell University of Delaware Press (November 10, 2017)

This book is about the intersection of two evolving dance-historical realms—theory and practice—during the first two decades of the eighteenth century. France was the source of works on notation, choreography,...

The Great Depression Wasn't Always Sad! Entertainment and Jazz Music Book for Kids | Children's Arts, Music & Photography Books

by Baby Professor Baby Professor (June 15, 2017)

Yes, you got it right! The Great Depression Wasn’t Always Sad! There were forms of entertainment that flourished during the era and we still see (and hear) their influence until today! Jazz was invented during...

The Rite of Spring at 100

by Gretchen G Horlacher, Severine Neff, Maureen A Carr & Stephen Walsh Indiana University Press (May 15, 2017)

When Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) premiered during the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, its avant-garde music and jarring choreography scandalized...

Body of a Dancer

by Renee D'Aoust Etruscan Press (November 29, 2011)

Using the stage and the bedroom, Renée E. D'Aoust interweaves dance history with the stories of contemporary dancers' muscle and

Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home

by Janine Kovac Moxie Road Productions (September 19, 2017)

When Janine Kovac gives birth to micro preemie twins nearly four months before they are due, she channels the grace and strength that carried her through a successful ballet career. The human body has amazing...

Offering from the Conscious Body

by Janet Adler Inner Traditions (September 01, 2002)

The exploration of the direct experience of healing and of the divine through the witnessing of movement becoming conscious.

• Uses sample sessions and descriptive theory to explain the discipline.

• Based...

American–Soviet Cultural Diplomacy

by Cadra Peterson McDaniel Lexington Books (November 18, 2014)

American–Soviet Cultural Diplomacy: The Bolshoi Ballet’s American Premiere is the first full-length examination of a Soviet cultural diplomatic effort. Following the signing of an American-Soviet cultural...

Line Dance Essentials: A must have guide to Line Dancing

by Peter Heath Line Dancing SA (May 17, 2017)

This book describes the terminology, dancing and teaching techniques used for modern line dancing. It describes the skills and competencies required for participants in all facets of the line dance industry,...

Dancing Bodies of Devotion

by Katherine C. Zubko Lexington Books (August 07, 2014)

Dancing Bodies of Devotion: Fluid Gestures in Bharata Natyam examines how Bharata Natyam, a traditionally Hindu storytelling dance form, moves across religious boundaries through both incorporating choreography...

Dancing Culture Religion

by Sam Gill, Richard Carp & Rebecca Sachs Norris Lexington Books (August 03, 2012)

In this provocative study of dancing, Sam Gill examines the interpretive styles of a variety of cultural dance traditions in discourse with the philosophic traditions of Schiller, Merleau-Ponty, Barbaras, Derrida,...

A Body of Work

by David Hallberg Atria Books (November 07, 2017)

David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as “the most exciting male dancer in the western world,” presents...