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Dance on camera : a guide to dance films and videos
Spain, Louise, 1939-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press ; New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1998.
Physical Description:
xiv, 238 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The dance film and video guide / Dance Films Association. c1991.
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Added Uniform Title:
Dance film and video guide.
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GV1595 .D32 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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The most comprehensive resource available on dance films and videos in current distribution in the United States. An essential tool for any dance and/or film reference collection.

Author Notes

Louise Spain is associate professor and director of Media Services, La Guardia Community College, City University of New York. She is president of the Board of Directors of Dance Films Association.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is an updated and revised version of Dance Film and Video Guide (Dance Association, 1991). The indexes, which the Board called the most useful feature of the previous work, have been greatly expanded. Other changes include corrections to entries retained from the 1991 volume and more than 500 new entries.

Choice Review

Especially useful for dance educators, researchers, and practitioners, this new edition of The Dance Film and Video Guide (Dance Films Association, comp. by Deirdre Towers; CH, May'92) includes 400 new titles and 100 new entries for musical feature films. The main body of the work, a third larger than before, lists 1,400 titles, giving date, length, type of film, series, distributors, producers, directors, principal dancers, composers, category, and brief annotation. Indexes have doubled in size, the distributors index has expanded, and fax numbers have been added. Awards, series, and excerpts indexes are new. All titles were in current distribution at the time of publication. There are indexes for individuals and companies and a categories index that lists many films under more than one category (e.g., Dance to the Music appears under "jazz," "tap," and "African-Americans"). The categories include style of dance, type (e.g., documentary, anthropological), dance history, dance therapy, and locale, but a comprehensive index would help in finding films about, e.g., "swing dance," which is not among the categories although the guide includes swing dance films. Useful for educators is a list of film and video collections, archives, and international festivals. Introductory essays by scholars discuss the history of dance on camera, techniques for filming, history of Hollywood musicals, and dance film at the Library of Congress. This guide makes no attempt to rate works or give prices but complements and lends focus to other reference works such as The Video Source Book (1979- ; 2nd ed., CH, Sep'81). For all libraries serving dance programs. E. B. Nibley; American University