The Dance

A Handbook for the Appreciation of the Choreographic Experience


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About the Book

In dance, the choreographer creates, the dancer performs and the viewer observes. This work is a handbook for the viewer. By presenting historical and artistic perspectives of dance, dance events are made more approachable and appreciation for the art form is heightened.
The choreographic components of body language, content, structure, music, design and interpretation are included. Also discussed is the development of critical reaction over time. Examples are drawn from Western theatrical dance and worldwide cultural variations. Terms are explained throughout the text, and an extensive bibliography gives sources in print and on tape for further study.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

The late Joan Cass was an advisor and writer on dance and theater for nearly fifty years. She penned numerous articles and reviews on dance, and wrote for and performed editorial services for several dance-related educational and reference works.

Bibliographic Details

Joan Cass
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 245
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2231-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Life, Art and Dance      3
Chapter 2: Styles in Review: Ethnic and Ballet     25
Chapter 3: Expressive Styles and Beyond     45
Chapter 4: Subject and Body Language     69
Chapter 5: Compositional Engineering     91
Chapter 6: Music and Dance, Partners in Art     113
Chapter 7: Designing Artists     133
Chapter 8: Gods and Goddesses: Performers on Stage     153
Chapter 9: Thoughts About Repertory     169
Chapter 10: Moving Rituals     183
Chapter 11: Critical Questions     203
Notes     213
Bibliography     221
Index     227

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Extensive bibliography…provide[s] an excellent resource for the dance student/scholar”—Choice
  • “Provides a special focus on the choreographic experience to present the viewer with a historical and artistic survey of dance choreography”—Midwest Book Review.