The Encyclopedia of World Folk Dance
While there are books about folk dances from individual countries or regions, there isn’t a single comprehensive book on folk dances across the globe. This illustrated compendium offers the student, teacher, choreographer, historian, media critic, ethnographer, and general reader an overview of the evolution and social and religious significance of folk dance.
The Encyclopedia of World Folk Dance focuses on the uniqueness of kinetic performance and its contribution to the study and appreciation of rhythmic expression around the globe. Following a chronology of momentous events dating from prehistory to the present day, the entries in this volume include material on technical terms, character roles, and specific dances. The entries also summarize the historical and ethnic milieu of each style and execution, highlighting, among other elements, such features as:
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The Encyclopedia of World Folk DanceUser Review - Barbara Kundanis - Book Verdict
Snodgrass (Encyclopedia of World Ballet) examines "the placement of folk dances within world history" in this useful reference. Each entry cites its source(s) at the end. Some summaries place folk ... Read full review
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