The Oxford Dictionary of Dance

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance

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Baker & Taylor
Entries provide information on the history and terminology of classical, modern, traditional, and social dance forms from throughout the world, including choreographers and composers, dance companies, and notable works.

Book News
This dance dictionary is most marked by its inclusivity, covering ballet capoeira, flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, Kabuki, modern, contemporary, raqs sharqi, salsa, tango, tap, and ballroom. Search for choreographers Frederick Ashton, Mark Morris, Elizabeth Streb, Bill T. Jones, or Maurice BTjart; for techniques and terms such as allegro, contact improvisation, contraction and release, Labannotation, fouettT, mudra, and rond de jambe ; for companies such as the Kirov Ballet, Paris Opera, and Riverdance, for productions like the Rite of Spring, Sleeping Beauty, and The Green Table. Even composers for dance like Stravinsky, FaurT, and Satie are included. Entries run an average of 125 words, and a substantial bibliography is included. There are no illustrations. Craine is dance critic for the The Times (London) and Mackrell is dance critic for the Guardian . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
During the last twenty years the boundaries of dance have been radically redrawn. There has been an explosion of new activity within traditional forms like ballet, a stream of new dance languages invented by fresh generations of choreographers, and there is a growing appreciation of cultural dance forms from around the world. Fans today are likely to attend performances as varied as Spanish flamenco, Indian bharata natyam, Japanese butoh, classical ballet, and post-modern dance.
With an emphasis on performance - the dance we see in theatres today - readers will find both fact and analysis on a wide range of subjects, from styles of dance and the history of dance companies and their productions, to dancers, choreographers, and technical terms.

Oxford University Press
Here is a lively, informative roadmap to a truly protean art form, an ideal resource for everyone who loves Swan Lake or the Rockettes, Merce Cunningham or Fred Astaire.
The Oxford Dictionary of Dance offers wide coverage of dancers, choreographers, teachers, composers, technical terms, major works, important films, and organizations involved in the dance world. It embraces the new activity within traditional forms like ballet as well as the stream of new dance languages invented by fresh generations of choreographers and the many dance forms imported from the rest of the world. Readers will find information on classical ballet, Spanish flamenco, Indian Bharata Natyam, Japanese Butoh, and jazz. The volume also covers post-modern dance, examining everything from Balanchine to recent practitioners of Eurocrash, minimalism, and contact improvisation.
Ranging from the history of music to the changing design of the ballet shoe, here is a comprehensive and affordable dictionary compiled by two leading authorities on dance.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780198601067
Branch Call Number: R 793.3 CRA
Characteristics: vi, 527 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Mackrell, Judith


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