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.
Eh! So I got this as a gag gift for my cat loving friend (aka the cat lady). I was really surprised how small this book is (spread all of your fingers out as far as possible, it... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Alissa Alvarado
I Love it! The strangest book ever. I purchased it for my husband for his birthday as one of the little gag gives I like to give and it was a hit. Super strange and hilarious!Published 9 days ago by Crispy!
This was recommended by Amazon because I bought Why Cats Paint. And they hit the target dead center.
Well written. Great illustrations. A very satisfying read. Read more
Cheap, perfect for my sister, fun book, mild scratches on cover, but I bought used.Published 2 months ago by cjm
On the surface this book may seem a bit silly, perhaps outlandish, and even downright nutty! On a deeper level, it is inspiring, fun, and pure magic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anonymous