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Dance history : an introduction
Lansdale, Janet.
Second edition, revised and updated.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1994.
Physical Description:
xii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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GV1603 .D25 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This revised core text addresses the rationale, process, techniques and methodologies specific to the study of dance history. A team of dance historians covers the study of dance in its traditional and performance contexts, offering a range of starting points for study.


Originally published in 1983 the first edition rapidly established itself as a core student text. Now fully revised and up-dated it remains the only book to address the rationale, process, techniques and methodologies specific to the study of dance history. For the main body of the text which covers historical studies of dance in its traditional and performance contexts, the editors have brought together a team of internationally known dance historians. Roger Copeland and Deborah Jowitt each take a controversial look at the modern American dance. Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson explain the processes they use when reconstructing 'lost' ballets, and Theresa Buckland and Georgina Gore write on traditional dance in England and West Africa respectively. With other contributions on social dance, ballet, early European modern dance and feminist perspectives on dance history this book offers a multitude of starting points for studying dance history as well as presenting examples of dance writing at its very best. Dance History will be an essential purchase for all students of dance.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. viii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Part I A Rationale and Methodology for Dance Historyp. 1
Chapter 1 Historical Perspectives in the Study of Dancep. 3
Chapter 2 Dance History Source Materialsp. 18
Chapter 3 The Dance History Literaturep. 32
Part II Historical Studies of Dance in Its Traditional, Social and Theatrical Contextsp. 43
Chapter 4 Traditional Dancep. 45
Chapter 5 Traditional Dance in West Africap. 59
Chapter 6 Regional Evidence for Social Dance with Particular Reference to a Yorkshire Spa Town, Harrogate, UKp. 81
Chapter 7 Ballets Lost and Foundp. 98
Notesp. 114
Chapter 8 Enrico Cecchettip. 117
Chapter 9 Rambert Dance Company Archive, London, UKp. 132
Chapter 10 European Early Modern Dancep. 151
Chapter 11 Expression and Expressionism in American Modern Dancep. 169
Chapter 12 Beyond Expressionismp. 182
Chapter 13 Re-Tracing Our Stepsp. 198
Part III Studying and Writing Dance Historyp. 217
Chapter 14 Pathways to Studying Dance Historyp. 219
Notep. 230
Chapter 15 Writing Dance Historyp. 231