On the very next page, chubby Helen, sporting a tie-dyed purple gown and a deeply sworn belief in feng shui, identifies perhaps a bit too deeply with chunky, amber-eyed Boots (who looks suspiciously like "Trans-Expressionist" Bootsie from Why Cats Paint). And then there's Sue and Zoot. In one photo, the recumbent gray and peach cat raises his left paw to the sky as his ecstatic human does the same. Then Sue dons a feathery jerkin "in order to dance out some of her past traumas." It's difficult to say which is funnier, the photos or the text, as Silver catches pseudo-therapy's mixture of self-affirmation and non sequitur: "Dancing with Zoot helps Sue reenact and come to terms with the joy and sorrow of a brief but painful relationship: when she fell in love with her daughter's father while he was photographing bridges in the neighborhood." Though the two-legged models must have been prepared for this inspired silliness, one does wonder what on earth the cats made of their eurythmic adventures. Alas, until interspecies communication reaches a greater height, we can only dance amid our uncertainty! --Kerry Fried
Reviews from: ELLE
This lean and lithe danseur noble is only one of the balletically inclined felines that Burton Silver and Heather Buschauthors of the newly published Dancing With Catshave turned up in their ongoing investigation of the aesthetic propensities of cats (see their 1994 monograph Why Cats Paint). If the American Ballet Theater has not yet picked up on these piroutteing pussies, it's only a matter of time.
While researching their last tongue-in-cheek tome, Why Cats Paint, Burton Silver and Heather Busch came across pet owners with a curious predilection: two-stepping with their tabbies. The pair shed light on this phenom in a collection of pet pas de deux. Raves one dance partner: "The feline vibration surges through me with such power. Afterward I feel incredibly alert and peaceful."
The authors of Why Cats Paint, bring you Dancing with Cats published by Chronicle Books. It is lovingly illustrated with photos of graceful felines and their colorful owners, caught mid-flight.
Burton Silver and Heather Busch have rediscovered and brought to light the ancient art of cat dancing. They say cat dancing lets the owner and the cat channel together and tap into the natural feline energy vibration...or something like that. We just love the pictures. Look for it in your local bookstore.
by Michael Neill
People who hate catsailurophobes is the ten-dollar worddismiss our purring friends as cold-blooded, self-centered manipulators with no redeeming social value beyond their all-too-occasional oppression of small rodents. Hah! What fools! As Silver and Busch knowand cleverly showed in Why Cats Paint, their previous bookkitties are actually multitalented Renaissance critters capable of, heck, just about anything. And it seems they also cut a mean rugnot just shred it to bits. Dancing with Cats cleverly mixes mock-pretentious writing"Before dancing, Helen and Boots do a series of mirroring exercises to specially developed feline soundscapes"with whimsical entertaining photographs of cat-human paws de deux.
This is the best send-up of new age psychobabble I have ever come across. And they must have had such fun doing it. An excellent companion to the delightful Why Cats Paint.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This work is recommended to anyone seeking to redefine their relationship with their cat. Remarkable pictures of cat-athleticism which I am sure you are bound to appreciate. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ryan
A silly gift for that 'cat person' on your gift list. Pictures were a bit 'posed' and a tad repetitive, but of good color and composition. Worth a single read... Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Payne
This book has changed my life.
I use to just pet my cat.
Rub my cat.
Play with my cat.
I dance with my cat.
who wouldn't want to? I brought this to a white elephant and was the hit of the party every one wanted it. It was kinda hard to let it go.Published 17 months ago by nugget
Do you love cats? Do you love ridiculousness? Do you have a coffee table? Even if you answered no to one of those questions, this book is for you. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pretty Penny