Subject Area: Dance

Dance and the American University
 Hagood, Thomas K.
2000 0-7734-7799-3 428 pages
This work traces the history of the university in western culture from its origins in medieval Europe to its evolution in America with a focus on events and circumstances that made possible the inclusion of dance as an academic discipline. It then examines the development of dance in higher education from the inception of the first program at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1913 to the present. With illustrations.

Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) Her Place in the History of Ballet and Her Impact on the Future of Classical Dance
 Willis-Aarnio, Peggy
2002 0-7734-7074-3 450 pages
In addition to biographical information on Agrippina Vaganova, this book describes and discusses where the teaching method came from, and how Vaganova took this information and distilled it to its essence and then organized it in a codified, rational way so that the method could be consistently and accurately taught. Also available is an accompanying set of 8 videotapes. 1-3 Beginning Level of Classical Ballet Lesson; 4-6 Intermediate Level of Classical Ballet Lesson; 7-8 Advanced Level of Classical Ballet Lesson ($99.95 for the set) Telephone (716) 754-2788 or email to place your order.

An Ethnographic Study of Papadjab, An Afro-Caribbean Devil Dancer
 Wintersteen, Benjamin
2010 0-7734-3688-X 180 pages
This book examines the religious, mythological and performance elements of the traditional Afro-Caribbean street festival. Using the theories of performance, political economy and symbolic analysis, this work elucidates how elements of African, European and South American cultures interact to produce a unique understanding of the colonial and post-colonial experience.

Bessie Schönberg, Pioneer Dance Educator and Choreographic Mentor
 Noble, Cynthia Nazzaro
2005 0-7734-6052-7 220 pages
Bessie Schönberg was one of the foremost dance educators of the 20th century and was highly influential in contemporary dance. Schönberg taught at Sarah Lawrence College from 1936 to 1975, where she created and directed one of the first autonomous dance departments in American higher education. Founded on the philosophy of progressive arts education, the Sarah Lawrence program served as an important example for other emerging dance programs in the decades between the 1940s and 1970s, a time of significant growth in college dance programs in the United States. Some of her former students became well-known professional choreographers and dance educators, including Carolyn Adams, Elizabeth Keen, Meredith Monk, Lucinda Childs and Victoria Marks, and several contributed information to this study.

Schönberg’s life and career were deeply intertwined with many of the most important figures in American modern dance, including Martha Graham and Martha Hill; with historically significant events such as the emergence of the Bennington Summer School of Dance; and with premiere dance institutions such as Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Julliard School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. The book examines her early life in Germany and family background, her years of professional preparation in America as a dancer and educator, and her educational experiences at Bennington College Summer School of the Dance. It also describes curricular innovations that chairperson Schönberg instituted at Sarah Lawrence, and her original methodology for teaching choreography, as observed at Jacob’s Pillow and Dance Theater Workshop.

Connections and Parallels Between Humanistic Psychology and Modern Dance at Jacob’s Pillow
 Hoffman, Hadassah H.
2004 0-7734-6226-0 224 pages
This study explores how the development of humanistic psychology paralled the evolution of modern dance, and what the connections were between the fields as they grew. This is a study of three fields developing within the 20th century. It demonstrates the relevance of the arts to humanistic psychology, and the ways in which the psychologists and dancers influenced each other.

Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education, 1900-1995
 McPherson, Elizabeth
2008 0-7734-5122-6 228 pages
This book looks at the life of Martha Hill, the prominent educator and founding director of three pivotal degree-granting college dance programs or departments and two summer festivals. The first-hand narratives provide in-depth perspectives on Hill’s life and legacy. This book contains 28 black and white photographs.

Dance Pedagogy of Katherine Dunham and Black Pioneering Dancers in Chicago and New York From 1931-1946
 Sherrod, Elgie Gaynell
2018 0-7734-3539-1 392 pages
This book, originally written as a doctoral dissertation at Temple University, describes the theory and pedagogy of the major Black dance artists of the 1930’s and 1940’s. The most important of these was Katherine Dunham whose thought influenced a large number of 20th century anthropologists and sociologists.

Dr. Sherrod’s book is important not merely because it recovers the artistic and cultural contributions of dozens of major Black dancers, but also because it documents their enormous social and political influence on mid-century American society.

Dance Performance by LÚ?nica, a Slovak National Folklore Ballet: What is the Meaning of Staged Folkloric Performances?
 Roy, Diane Carole
2014 0-7734-4285-5 360 pages
A highly original look at Australian multiculturalism through the exploration of the significance of a Slovak traditional music and dance performance in Melbourne employing three methodologies; Goffman’s analysis of interactional behavior, Conversation Analysis, and statistical survey techniques which unified the Foucauldian theoretical framework of the data giving the findings added cogency.

Ishvani: My Early Life
 Hamilton, Ishvani
1990 0-88946-723-4 205 pages
This book is the story of Ishvani Hamilton's early life in India, as the proper daughter of a wealthy Moslem family in Bombay. It was a period when western ideas were challenging traditional ways, and Ishvani Hamilton abandoned her life in India to go to Europe with her sister, working in the theatre and developing modern dance.

Training Ballerinas in Black Philadelphia 1948-1971
 Dixon, Melanye White
2011 0-7734-1592-0 244 pages
This publication documents the work of pioneering ballet pedagogue Marion D. Cuyjet and presents a historical and descriptive study of her teaching career and school within its sociocultural context.

Michio Ito's Reminiscences of Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, and Other Matters: A Translation and Critical Edition of a Seminal Document in Modernist Aesthetics
 Ito, Michio
2018 1-4955-0688-6 124 pages
This work offers the first complete translation of an autobiographical talk the dancer and choreographer Michio Ito gave in Japanese in 1955, which was originally transcribed and published in 1965 as "Omoide wo kataru: Taka no i shutsuen no koto nado" (Reminiscences: On Appearing in At the Hawk's Well and Other matters). Ito's memorable account of an important interlude in the history of early twentieth-century Anglophone modernism has been recognized as a significant primary source in the scholarship of Ezra Pound, W. B. Yeats, and Modernist studies more generally. This translated text includes 8 color photos.

Reclaiming Charles Weidman (1901-1975) An American Dancer's Life and Legacy
 Lancos, Jonette
2007 0-7734-5463-2 620 pages
Charles Weidman (1901-1975), a distinguished dancer and choreographer, is recognized as an originator of twentieth-century American dance. This study traces Weidman’s life from his early years in the Midwest, including his training at the Denishawn School, his friendship with Martha Graham and José Limón, his partnership with Doris Humphrey and Pauline Lawrence, in establishing their Humphrey-Weidman School and Company, to the formation of the Expression of Two Arts Theatre with visual artist Mikhail Santaro. This work examines Weidman’s concert works, Broadway shows, and opera productions, where his modern dance ideas revitalized these theatrical forms. Weidman’s training system is analyzed by stressing its lineage, his men’s group, rebound principle, floor work, use of drums and rhythm, and his kinetic pantomime. The study follows global influences on early modern dance, of which Weidman was a part, and which were motivating factors in his artistic development. This work investigates how Weidman’s aesthetic values are related to modernism; his interest in preserving his works for future generations; it also contains recollections from dancers who have performed with Weidman. Now, thirty years after his death, evidence is beginning to shed new light on Charles Weidman’s enormous influence upon and legacy for modern American dance. This book contains 39 photos.

Relationships Between Score and Choreography in Twentieth-Century Dance Music, Movement and Metaphor
 Hodgins, Paul
1992 0-7734-9552-5 240 pages
This study examines the aesthetic interdependence of the two disciplines. It begins with a questionnaire-based survey which reveal the pervasive influence of music on a viewer's perception of movement. It proposes a paradigm which can be used to identify and categorize relationships between choreography and score. Acknowledged classics such as Apollo, Agon, Errand Into the Maze, and The Catherine Wheel are subjected to detailed choreomusical analysis, utilizing the paradigm as part of a comprehensive examination of music-movement affinities. Current dance scholarship has virtually ignored the area of music-dance relationships, so this book will be useful for courses on music for dancers, dance philosophy and aesthetics, dance history, choreography, movement and analysis, and other areas of dance scholarship.

Religious Dancing of American Slaves, 1820-1865. Spiritual Ecstasy at Baptisms, Funerals, and Sunday Meetings
 Thomas, Kenneth
2008 0-7734-4926-4 156 pages
In contrast to recent historiography, this work reasserts the argument that slaves were not merely the victims of a brutal regime, but lived largely separate lives within a distinct sphere.

Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance: An Empirical Study of Male Identities in Western Theatrical Dance Training
 Risner, Doug
2009 0-7734-4661-3 216 pages
This study investigates the competitive world of pre-professional Western concert dance training and education in the U.S. as experienced and lived by boys and young men, an under-represented population in the field. This work examines the discourses of professional dance preparation through theoretical and narrative approaches that combine to illuminate the highly gendered professional dance world as evidenced through the minds and bodies of male adolescents and young adults.

A Study of Pakeezah, Mughl-e-Azam, and Umrao Jann
 Chishty-Mujahid, Nadya Q.
2010 0-7734-3711-8 116 pages
The South Asian dancing-beloved’s courtesanship, her enigmatic presence, her romantic allure, and her socio-economic position are all explored within the framework of this book. This text presents English translations of major Urdu (and a couple of Poorbi) lyrics from classic South Asian films.

The Harmonic Structure of Movement, Music and Dance According to Rudolf Laban: An Examination of His Unpublished Writings and Drawings
 Moore, Carol-Lynne
2009 0-7734-4777-6 376 pages
This study of Rudolf Laban, pre-eminent dance theorist of the twentieth century, provides the first comprehensive analysis of his theoretical explorations. Based upon an examination of unpublished writings and drawings from the final two decades of Laban’s career, the work traces Laban’s systematic integration of various strands of research and delineates how he used “harmony” as an analogic metaphor to illuminate the deep structure of dance and movement. This book contains thirteen color photographs.

A Revisionist Explanation of the Modernist Aesthetic (Balzac, Mallarme, Colette, Duncan, Fuller, Duchamp)
 Braswell, Suzanne Fuller
2017 1-4955-0541-3 500 pages
Examining the poetics of modernity in terms of the incorporation of movement and dance, this work explores how dance and literary scholarship are part of the interdisciplinary field of dance poetics. Reviewing French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries the author's notion of "kinepoetics" demonstrates how the dynamism of dance and pure movement are expressions of the literary text.

The Middle Eastern Influence on Late Medieval Italian Dances: Origins of the 29987 Istampittas
 Temple, Michele
2001 0-7734-7428-5 168 pages
This work focuses on eight of the dances, the ‘istampittas,’ linked etymologically to the ‘estampie,’ a French dance, whose origins are here examined with an eye toward Italian and French music and civilization, as well as the music and society of the Arabs.

Video Tapes: Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) - Her Place in the History of Ballet and Her Impact on the Future of Classical Dance (videotapes)
 Willis-Aarnio, Peggy
2002 0-7734-4890-X
An accompanying set of 8 videotapes. 1-3 Beginning Level of Classical Ballet Lesson; 4-6 Intermediate Level of Classical Ballet Lesson; 7-8 Advanced Level of Classical Ballet Lesson ($99.95 for the set) Telephone (716) 754-2788 or email to place your order.

Will Modern Dance Survive? Lessons to Be Learned From the Pioneers and Unsung Visionaries of Modern Dance
 Soll, Beth
2002 0-7734-7115-4 564 pages
This book examines the origins and growth of modern dance, demonstrating why it is a unique art form. The author includes citations from many critics, dancers, choreographers, and historians, and writers to contextualize her own views, as an academic, dancer, and choreographer.