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Dancing Through History Paperback – Unabridged, April 2, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0132043892 ISBN-10: 0132043890 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Dancing through History (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall, Inc.; 1 edition (April 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132043890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132043892
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Setting dance within a cultural context that is both understandable and interesting, this insightful reference captures the true art form of dance and traces the activity of dance as it existed down through the ages and all over the world. Beginning with the origins of dance and moving on to what takes place on Western dance stages today, this volume offers a sweeping overview of primitive, ethnic, and folk dance forms ... examines the major branches of Western dance art including ballet from its inception in 16th century Europe, modern dance, jazz, avant-garde, and the international eclectic contemporary scene ... tracks the repertory, technical training of performers, and creative theory of the many traditions that unify this art form ... includes discussions of significant dancers, their contributions, and the performers that inspired them; the background of period styles; pertinent ideas of major choreographers; capsule biographies of outstanding dance artists; effects of music and design on choreography; national characteristics of dance; the psychology of performers; and coverage on such concepts as Classic, Romantic, and Avant-garde to clarify trends and invoke thought on the Dance Art and society ... and makes many comparisons to current day events. Suitable for anyone involved or interested in dance history.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2010
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Book contains a wealth of information, but is overwritten and contains numerous extraneous rabbit-trails of information from the author that are more opinion than fact.
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Honestly, I'm not sure why there isn't a newer version. Our History of Dance teacher asked us to get this book and while it does a good job of describing some things, it doesn't have anything in it from the past 11 years. I complain about there being new versions of textbooks every 2 years with only a sentence or two changed, but 11 is a bit much. The author also seems to go off on tangents about specific things that she likes about a specific topic, which often gets away from the point of the information, making it harder to find what's important. It's full of information, but finding the important stuff can be a task.
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I was very pleased with how quickly this showed up. The book had a few marks but it was definitely readable. Just a bit of highlighter in some places. Great read!
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By Shane on September 7, 2013
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This is the book I need for one of my classes this semester. Even though the book was used it was still in GREAT condition. Thank you for great service!
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