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Moving History/Dancing Cultures
A Dance History Reader
Ann Dils, ed.; Ann Cooper Albright, ed.

2001 • 544 pp. 55 illus. 8 x 10"

$34.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6413-9
$27.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7425-1

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"A useful source for academic dance programs . . . Conceived as an alternative to the usual photocopied packet handed out in many university dance classes, this book presents a wide assortment of material in one volume. It also makes a much-needed contribution to dance scholarship." —Library Journal

A comprehensive and multifaceted anthology of dance history -- ideal for the classroom.

This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history—particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus.

The reader is organized into four thematic sections which allow for varied and individualized course use: Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices, World Dance Traditions, America Dancing, and Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts. The editors have structured the readings with the understanding that contemporary theory has thoroughly questioned the discursive construction of history and the resultant canonization of certain dances, texts and points of view. The historical readings are presented in a way that encourages thoughtful analysis and allows the opportunity for critical engagement with the text.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Unparalleled in its diversity of material, approaches and ideas. Nowhere else can a dance educator find a selection of readings of this magnitude in any single format. An extremely important, urgently needed shift in the current accessibility of dance history scholarship."—Candace Feck, Department of Dance, Ohio State University

"A very significant contribution to the field of dance history. This reader will fill a widely recognized gap in the teaching material available to dance history instructors."—Tricia Henry Young, Department of Dance, Florida State University


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association "Top Forty" (2001) Commendation

ANN DILS is a professor of dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and coeditor of Dance, Place, and Identity. ANN COOPER ALBRIGHT is chair of the Dance Department at Oberlin College, coeditor of Taken by Surprise, and author of Choreographing Difference, Traces of Light, and Modern Gestures.

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