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The best dance books cover all kinds of dancing and reveal their origins. We even have books explaining how to dance in different styles - including street dancing and ballet.

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The best dance books cover all kinds of dancing and reveal their origins. We even have books explaining how to dance in different styles - including street dancing and ballet.

  • Darcey Bussell: Evolved

    Darcey Bussell

    Product Code: BSVUH
    Hardback
    The first book from Darcey Bussell in over six years, retired darling of the British Ballet and beloved judge of Strictly Come Dancing, this publishing extravaganza coincides with the superstar ballerina's 50th birthday. Exquisitely produced, the book is filled with remarkable images of Dame Darcey in various notable locations, such as a pod of the London Eye, on top of the Victoria and Albert memorial, and performing at worldwide events, like the Olympics opening ceremony. The collection includes rare and unseen moments of Darcey shot by some of the most famous photographers, including Lord Snowdon, Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz, in locations beyond the stage - including rehearsals, fashion shoots and more - which are accompanied by behind-the-scenes stories and personal anecdotes. A fitting testament to one of our true national treasures, this glorious and charming book is a wonder to enjoy for years to come.
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  • Ballet

    DK

    Product Code: BRADI
    Hardback
    This visual guide to ballet history goes beyond other ballet books, with evocative photography that captures famous ballet dancers and key ballet stories, written with ballet legend Viviana Durante as Editorial Consultant. Discover more than 70 of the most famous ballet dances, from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to The Rite of Spring. Learn the stories behind renowned companies such as The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. Explore the lives and achievements of ballet dancers across the centuries, such as Margot Fonteyn, Carlos Acosta, and Darcey Bussell, and meet composers and choreographers, from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to Matthew Bourne. From its origins at court and the first national ballet companies, to the contemporary scene and extraordinary venues that stage the production, this ballet book covers an impressive history of ballet and provides an invaluable overview of the subject. Filled with rarely seen photographs covering all the key figures, pieces, and performances, and compelling facts about each dance - the sources they draw from, their production history, and their reception over time - Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story is an essential gift for all ballet enthusiasts.
    • £20.00
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  • Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet

    Product Code: BXXPJ
    Hardback
    This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre--his set designs for operas and ballets. Maurice Sendak is well-known for his acclaimed children's books, but he was also an avid opera lover and designed a number of sets for opera and ballet productions, among them Mozart's The Magic Flute, Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and an opera by Oliver Knussen based on Where the Wild Things Are. This book brings together over one hundred and twenty-five pieces from among the more than nine hundred in the Morgan Library & Museum's collection, including preliminary sketches, final watercolors, and cardboard models. Essays in the book discuss the importance of music to Sendak's work, his fascination with comic strips, movies, mechanical toys, and pop-up books, and the artworks that inspired his stage designs. The book reveals the full breadth of Sendak's visual work for opera and ballet and highlights his keen sense of humor, his love of art history, and his ability to tell striking stories through his art.
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  • Broadway, Balanchine, and Beyond

    Bettijane Sills

    Product Code: BUQBQ
    Paperback
    In this memoir of a roller coaster career on the New York stage, former actor and dancer Bettijane Sills offers a highly personal look at the art and practice of George Balanchine, one of ballet's greatest choreographers, and the inner workings of his world-renowned company during its golden years. After getting her start on the stage as a child actor on Broadway, Bettijane Sills joined the New York City Ballet in 1961 as a member of the corps de ballet, working her way up to the level of soloist. As a company dancer who remained outside the spotlight that the principals enjoyed, Sills experienced a side of the company that prima ballerinas did not share in. She tells stories of taking class with Balanchine, dancing in the original casts of some of his most iconic productions, and working with some of the company's most famous dancers. Winningly honest and intimate, Sills lets readers in on the secrets of a world that most people have never seen firsthand. She reveals mistakes she made, the unglamorous parts of tour life, jealousy among company members, and Balanchine's complex relationships with women. She talks about Balanchine's insistence on thinness in his dancers and how her own struggles with weight ended her dancing career. Now a professor of dance who has educated thousands of students on Balanchine's style and legacy, Sills reflects on the highs and lows of a career indelibly influenced by the bright lights of theater and by the man who shaped American ballet.
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  • The Creation of iGiselle

    Nora Foster Stovel

    Product Code: BTNME
    Paperback
    The unusual marriage of Romantic ballet and artificial intelligence is an intriguing idea that led a team of interdisciplinary researchers to design iGiselle, a video game prototype. Scholars in the fields of literature, music, design, and computer science collaborated to modernize the 1841 ballet Giselle. Their goal was to revise the tragic narrative of the nineteenth-century culture of death, allowing players to empower the eponymous heroine for possible "feminine endings." The eight interrelated chapters chronicle the origin, development, and fruition of the project and exemplify collaboration. Dancers, gamers, and computer specialists will all find something original that will stimulate their respective interests. Contributors: Vadim Bulitko, Wayne DeFehr, Christina Gier, Pirkko Markula, Mark Morris, Sergio Poo Hernandez, Emilie St. Hilaire, Nora Foster Stovel, Laura Sydora
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  • Who Is Surfing Who

    Aram Moshayedi

    Product Code: BTDCX
    Hardback
    Every two years, on the occasion of the Made in L.A. biennial, the Hammer Museum honors artistic excellence by administering the Mohn Award to an artist whose presentation of work in the exhibition is exceptional. The 2016 winner was choreographer Adam Linder, whose performance and accompanying installation, "Kein Paradiso," premiered at the Hammer. This elegant monograph focuses on the stage works that Linder has produced to date. Starting with "Ma Ma Ma Materials" (2012) and concluding with "Kein Paradiso," the book presents five of Linder's stage works and includes photographs, printed ephemera, costumes, and excerpts of original scripts authored by Linder. In addition, the book features contextual essays written by an array of artists, curators, and choreographers.
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  • Pas De Deux

    Monica Mason

    Product Code: BJXVK
    Hardback
    "Pas de deux" shows dancers of The Royal Ballet in remarkable and beautiful photographs, taken at the Royal Opera House. The images record striking pas de deux moments across The Royal Ballet's repertory. It includes classics such as "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker", masterpieces by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, who were instrumental in moulding the company's repertory, as well as new works by the leading choreographers of today.
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  • Shell Shock Cinema

    Anton Kaes

    Product Code: BFCFH
    Paperback
    Shell Shock Cinema explores how the classical German cinema of the Weimar Republic was haunted by the horrors of World War I and the the devastating effects of the nation's defeat. In this exciting new book, Anton Kaes argues that masterworks such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, The Nibelungen, and Metropolis, even though they do not depict battle scenes or soldiers in combat, engaged the war and registered its tragic aftermath. These films reveal a wounded nation in post-traumatic shock, reeling from a devastating defeat that it never officially acknowledged, let alone accepted. Kaes uses the term "shell shock"--coined during World War I to describe soldiers suffering from nervous breakdowns--as a metaphor for the psychological wounds that found expression in Weimar cinema. Directors like Robert Wiene, F. W. Murnau, and Fritz Lang portrayed paranoia, panic, and fear of invasion in films peopled with serial killers, mad scientists, and troubled young men. Combining original close textual analysis with extensive archival research, Kaes shows how this post-traumatic cinema of shell shock transformed extreme psychological states into visual expression; how it pushed the limits of cinematic representation with its fragmented story lines, distorted perspectives, and stark lighting; and how it helped create a modernist film language that anticipated film noir and remains incredibly influential today. A compelling contribution to the cultural history of trauma, Shell Shock Cinema exposes how German film gave expression to the loss and acute grief that lay behind Weimar's sleek facade.
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  • The Choreographic

    Jenn Joy

    Product Code: BBQTL
    Paperback
    The choreographic stages a conversation in which artwork is not only looked at but looks back; it is about contact that touches even across distance. The choreographic moves between the corporeal and cerebral to tell the stories of these encounters as dance trespasses into the discourse and disciplines of visual art and philosophy through a series of stutters, steps, trembles, and spasms. In The Choreographic, Jenn Joy examines dance and choreography not only as artistic strategies and disciplines but also as intrinsically theoretical and critical practices. She investigates artists in dialogue with philosophy, describing a movement of conceptual choreography that flourishes in New York and on the festival circuit. Joy offers close readings of a series of experimental works, arguing for the choreographic as an alternative model of aesthetics. She explores constellations of works, artists, writers, philosophers, and dancers, in conversation with theories of gesture, language, desire, and history. She choreographs a revelatory narrative in which Walter Benjamin, Pina Bausch, Francis Alys, and Cormac McCarthy dance together; she traces the feminist and queer force toward desire through the choreography of DD Dorvillier, Heather Kravas, Meg Stuart, La Ribot, Miguel Gutierrez, luciana achugar, and others; she maps new forms of communicability and pedagogy; and she casts science fiction writers Samuel R. Delany and Kim Stanley Robinson as perceptual avatars and dance partners for Ralph Lemon, Marianne Vitali, James Foster, and Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Constructing an expanded notion of the choreographic, Joy explores how choreography as critical concept and practice attunes us to a more productively uncertain, precarious, and ecstatic understanding of aesthetics and art making.
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  • Carlos Acosta at the Royal Ballet

    Royal Ballet

    Product Code: BAKTC
    Hardback
    Carlos Acosta is the most iconic dancer of our times, a genius of ballet and an international star. This superb quality photo-led book is published to mark Acosta's farewell season; an exciting retrospective to capture his greatest performances with The Royal Ballet. With tributes from three successive Royal Ballet Directors; Sir Anthony Dowell, Dame Monica Mason and the present Royal Ballet Director Kevin O'Hare; Associate Director Jeanetta Lawrence and various dancers of the Royal Ballet. Carlos Acosta at The Royal Ballet is a tribute to his phenomenal success and popularity with Royal Ballet audiences since 1998. The book contains over 150 images of Carlos on stage and in rehearsal. Ballet photographs include his own production of Don Quixote, Requiem, Apollo, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardee, Sleeping Beauty, Judas Tree and Winter Dreams, plus many more. This book is a unique record of his time with The Royal Ballet and a must-have book for all dance fans.
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  • Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence

    Dr Jim Taylor (Nota Bene UK)

    Product Code: BAICX
    Paperback
    The dance world is filled with technique books, which certainly serve an important role in helping dancers improve their performance. But the market has been conspicuously void of instruction on a vital aspect of dance performance: the mental aspect.

    Developing Psychological Strength in All Dancers

    Jim Taylor, a veteran sport and dance psychologist and author, and Elena Estanol, a dancer, instructor, and sport and dance psychologist, bring their experience and knowledge to Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence to help dancers at all levels develop psychological strength to maximize their performance.

    Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence will help dancers in these ways:

    - Understand how to use the mental aspects of dance to their advantage.

    - Learn simple techniques to raise their dancing to a new level.

    - Refine their technique and overcome performance challenges.

    Individualized Program and Web Resource Tools

    Dancers will build a strong foundation for performance by employing the dance-specific psychological strategies. The individualized program will help dancers reach their potential in artistry and excellence in school, the dance profession, and dance-related careers. The book comes with a companion web resource containing 40 worksheets that will help dancers grow mentally through reflection and self-examination. Dancers will be able to use these tools to refine their technique and overcome performance challenges.

    Scientifically Proven Psychological Methods

    Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence incorporates some updated content from Taylor's original best-selling book Psychology of Dance. Through the authors' research and experience with dancers over the past two decades, this book offers the latest in scientifically proven psychological methods and practices that dancers have used to achieve optimal performance. As the authors write in their preface:

    What separates good dancers from the best dancers lies in how mentally prepared they are to perform their best, despite circumstances that dance and life throw at them. Dancers who are the most motivated to train, who have the greatest confidence in themselves, who perform best under pressure, who stay focused on their performance, who keep their emotions under control, and who are able to direct their emotions to elevate their performance and technique to true artistry are the most successful and revered.

    Key Psychological Concepts Explored

    To help dancers elevate their performance, the authors explore these concepts in the context of dance performance and provide practical exercises for each concept:

    - Self-knowledge

    - Motivation

    - Confidence

    - Intensity

    - Focus

    - Emotions

    - Goal setting

    - Imagery

    The authors also examine the foundations of dance psychology and delve into special concerns for dancers, including stress and burnout, pain and injury, and disordered eating.

    Making Your Mind the Most Powerful Tool

    Once you get to a certain level, your mind is your most powerful tool--or your most harmful weapon. Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence will help dancers turn their minds into powerful tools not only to improve their technical and artistic performance but also to enhance their enjoyment, bring greater fulfillment, and enrich their lives personally and professionally. This text is an important contribution to the Human Kinetics dance list because it equips dancers with the psychological tools they need for success.

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  • Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929

    Jane Pritchard

    Product Code: BABUP
    Paperback
    'A sumptuous illustrated catalog.' Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune Serge Diaghilev (1872 - 1929) was an extraordinarily gifted impresario, curator, director and animator of the arts. He was perfectly at home driving the wave of creative energy that pushed theatrical performance to the cutting edge of cultural activity in the early twentieth century. A roll call of the Ballets Russes' collaborators and circle bears witness to their impact on modernism and later twentieth-century art; Picasso, Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Bakst, Goncharova, Matisse, Chanel, Prokofiev, Man Ray and Cocteau all worked with Diaghilev - and their work is discussed and illustrated here. This beautiful book draws on new research to explore Diaghilev's life, work and cultural milieu. It pulls together the music, pictures, costumes, archives and art of the Ballets Russes to illustrate Diaghilev's working process, accomplishments and society.
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  • The Song of the Body

    The Royal Academy Of Dance

    Product Code: ALNSA
    Paperback
    The Song of the Body: Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing is a fascinating and highly researched look at dance as a profession, an industry and a hobby. The book celebrates dance as a powerful means of enhancing physical and emotional health at all stages of life and considers dance and lifelong wellbeing from the perspectives of the young through to older adults. This beautifully produced collection includes profiles of dance luminaries such as Gillian Lynne and Robert Cohan as well as commentary from dancers, directors, teachers and dance agencies and companies including Step into Dance, Growing Older (Dis)gracefully and Dance UK. The book approaches a broad selection of culturally relevant and significant topics, from how dance can aid the mental and physical health of older adults, to how it can enrich the lives of the young. Other topics include how dance can help adults with learning disabilities overcome barriers to wellbeing, as well as posing the question 'who cares about the health and professional wellbeing of professional dancers?' With a foreword by renowned ex-prima ballerina and RAD president Darcey Bussell CBE and with stunning colour photographs throughout, The Song of the Body is a must have addition to the bookshelves of anyone with a professional or personal interest in dance and wellbeing.
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  • Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance

    Eric Franklin

    Product Code: AIHWI
    Paperback
    Using imagery to improve dancing and artistic expression. Renowned master teacher Eric Franklin has thoroughly updated his classic text, Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance, providing dancers and dance teachers with a deep understanding of how they can use imagery to improve their dancing and artistic expression in class and in performance. The 300 illustrations cover the major topics in the book, showing exercises to use in technique, artistic expression and performance. This new edition of Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance can be used with Franklin's Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Second Edition, or on its own. Either way, readers will learn how to combine technical expertise with imagery skills to enrich their performance, and they will discover methods they can use to explore how imagery connects with dance improvisation and technique.
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  • Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery

    Eric Franklin

    Product Code: ADOSL
    Paperback
    "Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, Second Edition", shows how to use imagery, touch and movement exercises to improve co-ordination and alignment. These exercises also help relieve tension, enhance the health of the spine and back and prevent back injury. This expanded new edition contains more than 600 imagery exercises along with nearly 500 illustrations to help visualize the exercises and use them in various contexts. "Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery" enables readers to experience the biomechanical and anatomical principles that are crucial to dancers, other performing artists, yoga and Pilates teachers and practitioners and athletes. The techniques and exercises presented in the book act as a guide to improving posture and will have a positive affect on thoughts and attitude about oneself and others. You can discover flexibility and increase the power to move.
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