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Learning about Dance: Dance as an Art Form and Entertainment introduces students to the exciting, daring, ever-changing, and dynamic world of dance.
Learning about Dance invites readers to experience the artistry and excitement of the dance world. The publication presents all aspects of dance as an art form, including chapters on: the choreographer; the dancer; the audience; different dance genres, including ballet, modern and contemporary dance and dance/theatre, jazz, musical theatre dance, tap, world dance, social dance, improvisation, creative movement; dance in education, and careers in dance.
Set to be released in print and eBook formats, Learning about Dance: Dance as an Art Form and Entertainment:
- Features an expanded section on dance and technology and information on dance DVD and digital video distributors.
- Incorporates dramatic photos and helpful charts that illustrate text information, including photos of some of the world’s leading dance artists.
- Presents an expanded chapter on Modern and Contemporary Dance.
- Promotes hands-on, experiential learning through the use of integrated creative projects. Discussion question are also provided that require the student to synthesize information and use critical and creative thinking skills.
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Features of this Book
About the Author
Part 1 The Art of Dance
Chapter 1 Dance as an Art Form
Dance and Society
Upper Paleolithic (30,000–10,000 B.C.E.) — Neolithic (7000–3000 B.C.E.) Periods
The Ancient Period: About 3000 B.C.E. to 400 C.E.
The Medieval Period: About 400 C.E. to 1400 C.E.
The Renaissance Period: About 1400 C.E. to 1700 C.E.
The Contemporary Period: 1700 to the Present
Art and the Aesthetic Experience
Table 1.1. Dance through the Ages
Part 2 The Participants
Chapter 2 The Choreographer
The Choreographer as Artist
The Creative Process
Choreographic Elements of Dance
Chapter 3 The Dancer
The Dancer as Artist
The Dancer’s Training
Chapter 4 The Audience
The Audience as Participant
Part 3 Dance Genres
Chapter 5 Ballet
Table 5.1. The Similarities and Differences between Classical and Contemporary Ballet
Table 5.2. Outline of Ballet Events
Major Figures in Ballet
The Beginnings: Sixteenth through the Eighteenth Century
The Romantics of the Nineteenth Century
The Russian Influence (1910–1930s)
Beyond the Russian Borders: Britain, France and the United States (1930s–1940s)
Into the Present
Chapter 6 Modern and Contemporary Dance
Modern Dance: The Beginning
Modern and Contemporary Dance: Today
Table 6.1. Similarities and Differences between Traditional Modern Dance and Post-Modern Dance
Table 6.2. Outline of Modern Dance Events
Major Figures in Modern, Post-Modern and Contemporary Dance
The Second Generation
The Post-Moderners: Second Generation
The Next Wave
Chapter 7 Improvisation and Creative Movement
Chapter 8 Dance in World Cultures
Defining World Concert/Ritual Dance and Folk Dance
World Concert and Ritual Dance
Contemporary Influences on World Dance
Table 8.1. The Characteristics of World Concert/Ritual Dance and Folk Dance
Chapter 9 Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre, and Tap Dance
Table 9.1. Characteristics of Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre, and Tap Dance
Table 9.2. Outline of Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre, and Tap Dance Events
Major Figures in Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre, and Tap Dance
Leading to the Minstrels and Beyond
The Vaudeville Era
Broadway and the Movie Musical
The Masters of Yesterday and Today
Chapter 10 Social Dance
Ballroom and Popular Dance
Table 10.1. Outline of Social Dance Events
Part 4 Related Topics
Chapter 11 Dance Production: Behind the Scenes of a Dance Concert
The Artistic Director
Steps in the Production Process
People Behind the Production: The Support Staff
The Artistic Collaborators
The Lighting Designer
The Costume Designer
The Set and Scenic Designer
Composers and Musicians
Chapter 12 Dance in Education and Careers in Dance
Dance in Education
Careers in Dance
The Final Word
Part 5 Additional Resources
Ballet: History and Criticism
Ballroom and Social Dance
Biographies and Autobiographies
Dance Education/Dance Pedagogy
Dance in World Cultures
Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre and Tap Dance
Modern and Contemporary Dance: History and Criticism
Philosophy and Aesthetics
Magazines, Periodicals and Newspapers
Dance Video and DVD Distributors
Dance on the Internet
Suggested Videos and DVDs
Composers and Compositions
Learning about Dance: Dance as an Art Form and Entertainment is a wonderful text for my dance appreciation students. It is clear, concise and includes a breadth of knowledge accessible to students who have no previous experience to the dance art form.
Meredith Lyons, Assistant Professor of Dance, Colorado Mesa University