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Dance : the art of production
Schlaich, Joan.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton Book Co., [1988]

Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Dance Horizons book."

Includes index.
Format :

On Order



All aspects of organizing a dance performance and managing a company are covered in this book written by dancers for dancers. Photos, drawings, and diagrams show beginners how to hang lights, make costumes, design posters, and attract an audience. Readers will discover tips on the business side of a dance production including marketing, fund-raising, box office and house management, and much more. New contributors to this edition include Elizabeth Keen, a former dance faculty member of the Julliard School; Barbara Matthews, director of makeup design for the department of theater arts at California State University; and Regina Fletcher Sadono, freelance costumer and choreographer.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

YA This should be required reading for everyone involved or interested in the dance world. It gives the total picture, from start to finish, of every phase of dance production. The three broadest areas of expertise (the artistic, the technical, and the administrative) are covered, as well as every job imaginable which is connected to those areas. The authors are choreographers, set and lighting designers, music directors, company managers, teachersspecialists in their fields. This collaborative effort brings home the point that the art of production ``is a creative process that involves many people and many skills.'' Illustrations, mock worksheets, and photographs serve to enhance the straightforward, no-nonsense text. For both beginners in the field and those with more experience, the book is a perfect guide offering pointers on everything from choosing music for choreography to auditions, from lighting effects to public relations. It is all here, and any high-school dance program will find this a valuable reference. Jill Johnson, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.