Appreciating Dance: A Guide to the World's Liveliest Art

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Princeton Book Company, 2002 - Performing Arts - 132 pages
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Written for the dance novice, this book is a concise, thorough, and accurate history of all forms of dance. It gives a brief biography of many of the notable dancers and choreographers who have contributed to each form of dance, and provides, in a nutshell, the information needed to expand the enjoyment of performance. It also details the history of dance from its earliest beginnings and covers the intersection of dance and religion, social dance, ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, film dance, and contemporary dance.

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It is a very insightful book, and it is clear that Harriet R. Lihs has great appreciation for dance. When it comes to religious dance (chapter 2), she lets slip her non-secular tendencies. I would prefer the next edition (if there is to be one) use B.C.E/A.C.E, and she should paraphrase a cultures views on dance from that cultures perspective rather than putting their dance into her own perspective. 

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the book got here pretty quick..took about a week but it was in good condition.. Read full review



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Harriet R. Lihs is a dancer who has performed with the Radio City Ballet Company and the Brooklyn Ballet. She is an associate professor of dance at Lamar University and the author of Jazz Dance and Teaching Gymnastics. She lives in Beaumont, Texas.

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