Physics, Dance, and the Pas de Deux
With the aid of a video supplement, this revised and expanded text applies basic principles of physics to the art of dance and offers a look into one of the most appealing and popular of its aspects - the pas de deux. Highlighting the fundamental aesthetics of the pas de deux it conveys a understanding of the partnering process, and supplies an analysis of the mechanical principles that make these interactive dance movements possible - not only in dance but in ice-skating too. Stop motion and sequential photos illustrate the text throughout.
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