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Holding on to the Air: An Autobiography
Holding on to the Air
An Autobiography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0671682229
Suzanne Farrell describes her career as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, her relationship with George Balanchine, and her return to dance after hip-replacement surgery
Swing Dance: Fashion, Music, Culture and Key Moves
Swing Dance
Fashion, Music, Culture and Key Moves
Hardcover      ISBN: 1910254177
With all things vintage enjoying a boom worldwide, swing dancing has well and truly swung back into fashion. From vintage festivals and tea dances to weekend socials and hundreds of weekly classes held around the world, multiple forms of the dance that was created in 1930s Harlem by Frankie Manning are growing ever more popular. Swing Dance explores the vibrant contemporary swing-dancing scene, looking at the different dance styles and the associated culture, community and fashion. Illustrated with vintage and contemporary photography, as well as specially commissioned step-by-step guides, it provides everything you need to know, whether you fancy kicking up your heels in the Charleston or mastering the Lindy Hop `swing out'. The four major dance styles are covered - Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Balboa and Lindy Hop, including the Strolls, which are guaranteed to fill the dance floor. Each chapter begins with an overview of the fascinating evolution of the dance style. `Get the Look' examines the fashions for guys and girls, including hair and make-up, and a clothing, shoes and accessories checklist, while `The Music' suggests the top ten tunes to practise to. Then follows a breakdown of the basic step patterns upon which the dance is built, and a guide to some of the key moves. There are also insider tips from old-timers and today's leading swing dancers as well as
Classes in Classical Ballet
Classes in Classical Ballet
Paperback      ISBN: 0879103442
A companion guide to one of the bestselling Limelight Edition titles, this book by Asaf Messerer, a founder of what has become known as the Bolshoi School, is one of the most celebrated manuals of classic dance instruction in the world. Messerer has gained an international reputation for his classes in classical technique-models of invention and well-rounded exercise, stressing both precision and fluid artistic control. Nearly 500 photographs of principal Bolshoi dancers illustrate the positions and steps indicated, and an introductory section by Messerer outlines his basic plan and philosophy of teaching.
Body of a Dancer
Body of a Dancer
Paperback      ISBN: 0983294410
"A remarkably clear-eyed descent into New York's surreal world of modern dance peopled by the obsessed, dispossessed, sexy, suicidal, brutal, broke, and absurd."?Lance Olsen, author of Nietzsche's Kisses The award-winning writer Renée E. D'Aoust draws from her experiences as a modern dancer in New York during the nineties. Her luminous prose spotlights this passionate, often brutal world. Trained at the prestigious Martha Graham Center, D'Aoust intertwines accounts of her own and other dancers' lives with essays on modern dance history. A dancer's body, scarred, strained, and tough, bears witness to the discipline demanded by the art form. Body of a Dancer provides a powerful, acidly comic record of what it is to love, and eventually leave, a life centered on dance. "With exquisite description, absolute honesty, and a clear compelling voice, Body of a Dancer offers an unforgettable account of one artist's bittersweet journey."?Dinty W. Moore Renée E. D'Aoust's essays have been featured as notable essays in Best American Essays in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Her nonfiction work has been included in the anthology Reading Dance, edited by Robert Gottlieb and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. D'Aoust is the recipient of an NEA Dance Criticism fellowship and grants from The Puffin Foundation and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Vital Grace: The Black Male Dancer
Vital Grace
The Black Male Dancer
Hardcover      ISBN: 3908161312
A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance: The Yogini's Mirror
A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance
The Yogini's Mirror
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817658
Here is a complete program for developing a personal yoga practice based on the author's 25-year study of sacred Indian dance and traditional hatha yoga. In the first book on the union of these two disciplines, 60 illustrated dance routines balance inner awareness with outer movement, drawing upon the sacred feminine energy of the yogini, or spiritual initiatress, and leading to a union of mind and body.
Martha Graham: Sixteen Dances in Photographs
Martha Graham
Sixteen Dances in Photographs
Hardcover      ISBN: 0871001764
A collection of black-and-white photographs by Barbara Morgan, the noted photographer of dance, captures the force of Martha Graham's theater, as manifested in sixteen dances originally presented during the years from 1936 to 1941
The Ballet Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance
The Ballet Book
The Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0228100674
"This comprehensive guide... helps youngsters who love ballet to understand the hard work and commitment involved in classical dance training." -- School Library Journal (of the first edition) "A detailed, practical guide for serious ballet students... To balance collections heavy on colorful ballet books for browsers with stars in their eyes, here's a guide for ballet students who are ready to get down to work." -- Booklist (of the first edition) Prepared in conjunction with Canada's National Ballet School, The Ballet Book is the definitive instructional resource for children who are beginning to explore the possibilities and delights of ballet. The Ballet Book is an inspirational motivator, an exceptional teaching aid, and an ideal companion for students. Now it has all-new photographs in color and a text more suited to contemporary young dancers. The book illustrates in meticulous detail -- and through more than 100 photographs -- every position, step and pose involved in barre work, pointe work, alignment, classical ballet poses, attitudes, allegros, batteries, pirouettes and arabesques. Age-appropriate and comprehensive, it is a motivational guide, with information on deciding to dance; finding a teacher; musical accompaniment; finding the ideal studio; what to wear and grooming; positions, steps and poses; and exercises and nutrition. Historical highlights and modern opportunities complete this comprehensive book. The Ballet Book is a strong guide for both boys and girls.
Tchaikovsky: The Ballet Suites
The Ballet Suites
Hardcover      ISBN: 1884822398
The Black Dog Music Library presents P. Tchaikovsky's Ballet Suites.
A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys: A Guide to Life for All the Exceptional, Excellent Misfits Out There
A Unicorn in a World of Donkeys
A Guide to Life for All the Exceptional, Excellent Misfits Out There
Hardcover      ISBN: 1580057721
An Emmy Awarding-winning judge and choreographer for the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance offers an empowering playbook for living a creative and authentic life, exploring the experience of the unicorn in a world of donkeys and encouraging readers to reframe the unicorn life the way she has. 35,000 first printing