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10 books about dance
Pick up one of these featured titles on dance in May 2021.
The Art of Movement by Ken Browar
This book was published 5 years ago by Black Dog & Leventhal and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
A stunning celebration of movement and dance in hundreds of breathtaking photographs of more than 70 dancers from American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and many more. The Art of Movement is an exquisitely designed, beautifully produced book that captures the movement, flow, energy, and grace of many of the most accomplished dancers in the world. These are the artists, from all walks of life, who are defining dance today. Here they are frozen in time in the most exquisite poses, and yet there's a feeling of movement in every photograph that makes the appear to be dancing across the pages. Accompanying the photographs are intimate and inspiring words from the dancers, as well as from choreographers and artistic directors, on what dance means to them. Dance is experiencing an unprecedented moment in popular culture. The Art of Movement is the perfect book for newly avid fans, as well as long-time lovers of dance. Ken Browar is a renowned fashion and beauty photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and many other European fashion magazines. His passion for dance began when he lived in Paris and photographed dancers for the Paris Opera Ballet. Deborah Ory has been a dancer since age seven. She began her photography career while injured as a dancer, photographing rehearsals. She has worked as a photo editor at House & Garden and Mirabella, and has shot editorial work for Self, Health, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple. Browar and Ory are the creative team behind NYC Dance Project. NYC Dance Project's work has been featured in magazines worldwide including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Italia, L'Uomo Vogue, and Glamour.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition by Misty Copeland
This book was published 5 years ago by Aladdin and takes approximately 6.4 hours to read.
An autobiography by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history.
How Do You Dance? by Thyra Heder
This book was published 2 years ago by Abrams Books for Young Readers and takes approximately 1.3 hours to read.
A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of Fraidyzoo There are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face. You can dance because you're happy or even because you're sad. But, what's the best way to dance? Exactly how you want to! In How Do You Dance?, author-illustrator Thyra Heder explores dance in all of its creativity, humor, and--most of all--joy, in a picture-book celebration of personal expression that will inspire young and old readers alike to get up and get moving.
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
This book was published 18 years ago by Puffin Books and takes approximately 1.1 hours to read.
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.
Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story by DK
This book was published 3 years ago by DK and takes approximately 12.0 hours to read.
This DK visual guide to ballet history goes beyond other ballet books, with beautiful photography that captures famous dancers and key stories. 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 dancers across the centuries, such as Margot Fonteyn, Carlos Acosta, and Darcey Bussell. 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 productions, this 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.
Let's Dance! by Valerie Bolling
This book was published last year by Boyds Mills Press and takes approximately 1.1 hours to read.
"Tap, twirl, twist, spin! With musical, rhyming text, author Valerie Bolling shines a spotlight on dances from across the globe" --
Ballerina Project: (Ballerina Photography Books, Art Fashion Books, Dance Photography) by Dane Shitagi
This book was published 2 years ago by Chronicle Chroma and takes approximately 6.9 hours to read.
With over one million followers on Instagram, Ballerina Project has the largest network of followers in the world for ballet and has become an online phenomenon. Created by New York City-based photographer Dane Shitagi over the span of eighteen years, Ballerina Project showcases over fifty renowned ballerinas in unexpected urban and natural settings in cities across the globe including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, London, Rome, and Paris. Ballerinas from the world's premiere companies are featured here. This book is bound in ballet pointe shoe-like satin pink cloth with gold foil stamping and a pink satin ribbon marker, with over 170 ballerina photographs in both black-and-white and full color. Introductions by renowned principal ballerinas Isabella Boylston and Francesca Hayward are included.
World Dance Cultures: From Ritual to Spectacle by Patricia Beaman
This book was published 4 years ago by Routledge and takes approximately 10.4 hours to read.
From healing, fertility and religious rituals, through theatrical entertainment, to death ceremonies and ancestor worship, World Dance Cultures introduces an extraordinary variety of dance forms practiced around the world. Organised both by region and by historical, political and religious issues, this volume is divided into 8 sections, complemented by over 100 full-colour images: India: devotion, dance, mythology; Bali and Java: from temple, to village, to court; Cambodia and China: dance as a political tool; Japan: entertaining samurai, merchants, and rebels; Hawai'i, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea: keepers of culture; Africa: fertility festivals, death ceremonies, and ancestor worship; North Africa, Turkey, and Spain: healing, worship, expression; Native America, the Caribbean, South America: activism, spirituality, spectacle Each section contains key points and trends; discussion questions; historical documentation and anthropological accounts of dance forms; and first-hand accounts from practitioners, along with suggestions for further reading and viewing. Offering a comprehensive overview of each dance form covered, World Dance Cultures is an essential introductory resource for students and instructors alike.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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