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African American Dance: An Illustrated History by This pictorial history of African American dance traces its roots back to slavery and lists its characteristics. The photographs offer compelling glimpses into the world of slavery, minstrel show, the honky-tonk, the vaudeville stage, dance halls, nightclubs, movies, and more.
Call Number: GV1624.7.A34 G53 2007
Publication Date: 2006-11-27
Myth Performance in the African Diasporas by The authors contend that performance traditions across artistic disciplines reveal a shared journey among diasporic artists to reconnect with their African ancestors. Provides overview of how dramatists, choreographers, and performance artists have approached the task of interpreting African myth. The individual chapters reveal how specific artists, dramatists, and choreographers have interpreted African myth and what performative approaches and traditions they have used.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2013-12-24
Ballroom, Boogie, Shimmy Sham, Shake: A Social and Popular Dance Reader by Documents the rich and varied history of social dance and the multiple styles it has generated, while drawing on some of the most current forms of critical and theoretical inquiry. The essays cover different historical periods and styles; encompass regional influences from North and South America, Britain, Europe, and Africa; and emphasize a variety of methodological approaches, including ethnography, anthropology, gender studies, and critical race theory.
Call Number: GV1781 .B35 2009
Publication Date: 2008-10-20
Steppin' on the Blues: the Visible Rhythms of African American Dance by Former dancer Jacqui Malone throws a fresh spotlight on the cultural history of black dance, the Africanisms that have influenced it, and the significant role that vocal harmony groups, black college and university marching bands, and black sorority and fraternity stepping teams have played in the evolution of dance in African American life.
Call Number: GV1624.7.A34 M35 1996
Publication Date: 1996-03-01
Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery by In this ambitious project, historian Katrina Thompson examines the conceptualization and staging of race through the performance, sometimes coerced, of black dance from the slave ship to the minstrel stage. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, Thompson explicates how black musical performance was used by white Europeans and Americans to justify enslavement, perpetuate the existing racial hierarchy, and mask the brutality of the domestic slave trade.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2014-01-15
Dancing Many Drums: Excavations In African American Dance Book Jacket Series: by Essays on African American dance history, theory, and practice. It reevaluates 'black' and 'African American' as both racial and dance categories. Abundantly illustrated, the volume includes images of a wide variety of dance forms and performers, from ring shouts, vaudeville, and social dances to professional dance companies and Hollywood movie dancing.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2002-03-04
Modern Dance, Negro Dance: Race in Motion by Susan Manning's book integrates critical race theory into the traditional narrative of concert dance to expose the racial underpinnings of dance and offers meticulously researched theoretical examination of race, sexuality, gender, spectatorship, and reception in American theatre dance.
Call Number: GV1627.7.A34 M36 2004
Publication Date: 2004-04-20
The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus by Pearl Primus (1919-1994) blazed onto the dance scene in 1943 with stunning works that incorporated social and racial protest into their dance aesthetic. In The Dance Claimed Me, Peggy and Murray Schwartz, friends and colleagues of Primus, offer an intimate perspective on her life and explore her influences on American culture, dance, and education.
Call Number: GV1785.P73 S38 2011
Publication Date: 2011-05-31
Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir by Dancing in Blackness is a professional dancer's personal journey over four decades, across three continents and 23 countries, and through defining moments in the story of black dance in America. In this memoir, Halifu Osumare reflects on what blackness and dance have meant to her life and international career. Osumare's story begins in 1960s San Francisco amid the Black Arts Movement, black militancy, and hippie counterculture.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2018-03-06
Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance by Alvin Ailey (1931–1989) was a choreographic giant in the modern dance world and a champion of African-American talent and culture. His interracial Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater provided opportunities to black dancers and choreographers when no one else would. His acclaimed “Revelations” remains one of the most performed modern dance pieces in the twentieth century. But he led a tortured life, filled with insecurity and self-loathing.
Call Number: GV1785.A38 D85 1996
Publication Date: 1996-09-25
Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins by Dancer Janet Collins, born in New Orleans in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, soared high over the color line as the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. Night's Dancer chronicles the life of this extraordinary and elusive woman, who became a unique concert dance soloist as well as a black trailblazer in the white world of classical ballet. During her career, Collins endured an era in which racial bias prevailed, and subsequently prevented her from appearing in the South.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
Judith Jamison, Aspects of a Dancer by Examines the life of the dancer, Judith Jamison, and focuses on her performances as a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Call Number: GV1785.J26 M38 1982
Josephine Baker in Art and Life by Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was a dancer, singer, actress, author, politician, militant, and philanthropist, whose images and cultural legacy have survived. Neither an exercise in postmodern deconstruction nor simple biography, Josephine Baker in Art and Life presents a critical cultural study of the life and art of the Franco-American performer whose appearances as the savage dancer Fatou shocked the world.
Call Number: GV1785.B3 J85 2007
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
Last Night on Earth by In a book that is part memoir, part meditation, and part performance, 'today's most daring choreographer' (Newsweek) charts his dance's origins and development in the context of his remarkable life. And he brings to his account all of the honesty, dignity, and moral conviction that are the hallmarks of his work
Call Number: GV1785.J55 A3 1995
Publication Date: 1997-03-18
Dance Composition by Dance composition is an important part of dance education because it is the discipline that translates ideas into dances. This book explores essential guidelines and thus contributes to a greater understanding of dance composition as a discipline.
Call Number: GV1782.5 .S58 2010
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Geography: Art, Race, Exile by Geography, a rich tapestry of journal entries, choreographic scores, drawings, and photographs, leads us through the creation of an evening-long dance, "Geography," a collaboration about being American, African, brown, black, blue black, male, and artist.
Call Number: GV1785.L385 A3 2000
Publication Date: 2000-11-24
Story/Time: the Life of an Idea by African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Includes personal stories, and color photographs of the work's original stage production.
Call Number: PS3610.O617 S76 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-07
Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement, and Working It Out by Provocative, moving, powerful, explicit, strong, unapologetic. These are a few words that have been used to describe the groundbreaking Brooklyn-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women. Their unique aesthetic borrows from classical and contemporary dance techniques and theater characterization exercises, incorporates breath and vocalization, and employs space and movement to instill their performances with emotion and purpose.
Call Number: eBook
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater by Depicts twelve dances from the Ailey company repertory, capturing in pictures the company's vitality and the importance of its work in expressing through dance the essence of American black culture.
Call Number: GV1786.A42 C66 1978
Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive
Dance of the African Diaspora
Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive is an ever-growing collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today, plus illustrated essays. Dance of the African Diaspora is curated by dance historian John Perpener.