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Title:
Dance a while : handbook for folk, square, contra, and social dance
Author:
Harris, Jane A.
Edition:
Eighth edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Allyn and Bacon, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xxi, 538 pages : illustrations, maps. ; 29 cm 1 computer optical disk (4 3/4 in.)
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Dance a while / Jane A. Harris, Anne M. Pittman, Marlys S. Waller. 7th ed. c1994.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780205279364
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

As in the previous editions, this edition encompasses both contemporary and traditional folk, square, and contra dancing from countries the world over, along with American folk dances, both square and contra, and social dances. Detailed illustrations and diagrams clarify technique and directions throughout.


Table of Contents

1 History
The Beginning
Forms
Music
Cultural Significance
Africa
Pacific Rim Perspective
American Perspective
2 Effective Group Instruction
Why Dance?
Purpose of Dance
Facilities
Equipment
Music
Planning Instruction
Orientation to the Dance Class
Class Procedure
Organizing Special Activities
3 Dance Fundamentals
Rhythm and Meter
Analysis of a Basic Rhythm
Fundamental Locomotor Movements
Basic Dance Steps
Basic Dance Turns
Suggestions for Teaching Basic Dance Steps
Procedure for Teaching Basic Dance Steps and Turns
Dance Positions
Dance Formations
Music in Relation to Dance
Dance Style
4 American Dance Sampler
Dances from the European Courts to the American Ballrooms
The Unique Contributions of African Americans
The Spanish-Mexican Influence
Dances of the People
Music
Dress
A Social Occasion
Revival of Folk Traditions
The Melting Pot versus Ethnic Identity
Teaching Suggestions
Dances
5 Square Dance
History
Square Your Sets
Styling
Teaching Approaches
Basic Movements
Patter Calls
Notes on the Dance Figures
Supplementary Square Dance Patter
Western Cowboy Square Dance
Singing Calls
Dances
6 Contra Dance
History
Contra Dance Basics
Dances
7 International Folk Dance
Introduction
Folk Dance Movement
Understanding Folkways Enhances Dance
Africa
Dances
Alpine RegionSwitzerland, Austria, and Germany
Balkan Countries
British Isles
England
Ireland
Scotland
Canada
Czech and Slovakia
France
Hungary
Israel
Italy
Lithuania
Mexico
Poland
Romania
Russia
Scandinavia
South America
8 Social Dance
Introduction
Teaching Social Dance
Style of Social Dance
Dance Positions
Foxtrot
Disco Dance
Disco Swing
Hustle with Partner
Charleston
Swing (Jitterbug)
Triple TimeEast Coast Swing
West Coast Swing
Lindy Hop
Cajun Dance
Cajun Waltz
Cajun Two-Step
Cajun One-Step
Cajun Jitterbug
Zydeco Two-Step
Tango
Waltz
Country Western
Traditional Country Western Swing
Texas Two-Step Swing
Ten-Step
Traditional Two-Step
Traveling Two-Step
Sweetheart Schottische
Line Dance
California Hustle
Cowboy Boogie
El Tango Sereno
Electric Slide
Freeze
Four Corners
Saturday Night Fever Line Dance
Watermelon Crawl
Western Wind
Cha Cha Cha
Mambo
Merengue
Rumba
Salsa
Samba
Appendix A Periodicals