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Misty Copeland: Power and Grace

Title: Misty Copeland: Power and Grace
By: by Richard Corman
Published: 2015

Power and grace define Misty Copeland, an influential ballet dancer who has broken through difficult barriers to become the first female African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Stunning black and white photography and her inspiring message of hope, strength, and focus speaks to young girls and women.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Title: Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
By: by Misty Copeland
Published: 2016

Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland. Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and want to break stereotypes in whatever they do.

The Ballet Book: the Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance

Title: The Ballet Book: the Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance
By: by Deborah Bowes
Published: 2018

How to begin in ballet and grow to be a happy dancer.

What is Dance? Readings in Theory and Criticism

Title: What is Dance? Readings in Theory and Criticism
Published: 1983

[Part] I : What is dance? --From Letters on dancing and ballets / Jean-Georges Noverre -- Dance as an art of imitation / Selma Jeanne Cohen -- Dance as a means of communication : from The dance / John Martin -- Metakinesis ; Extension of range ; Form and metakinesis : from The modern Dance / J. Martin -- Virtual powers ; The magic circle : from Feeling and form / Susanne K. Langer -- The idea of dance : from Aristotle to Mallarmé / André Levinson -- Philosophy of the dance / Paul Valéry -- Modes of symbolization ; Afterword, an illustration : from Languages of art / Nelson Goodman -- Philosophers and the dance / David Michael Levin -- Why philosophy neglects the dance / Francis Sparshott.
[Part] II : The dance medium -- Ballets / Stéphane Mallarmé -- Le sacre du printemps / Jacques Rivière -- Balanchine's formalism / David Michael Levin -- Poet and dancer before Diaghilev / Frank Kermode -- Primitivism, modernism, and dance theory / Marshall Cohen -- Puppet theatre / Heinrich von Kleist.
[Part] III : Dance and the other arts -- From The art-work of the future / Richard Wagner -- Martha Graham's journey / Eric Bentley -- Music and action / Constant Lambert -- The purisim of Étienne Decroux / Eric Bentley -- from Music in London 1890-94 / Bernard Shaw -- Edgar Degas and the dance / Theodore Reff.
[Part] IV : Genre and style -- Ballet. Classic ballet : Aria of the aeriel / Lincoln Kirstein ; The classic ballet : from Tonight the ballet / Adrian Stokes ; The vertical : the fundamental principle of classical dance : from The book of exultation / A.K. Volinksy -- Letter to "The Times," July 6th, 1914 / Michel Fokine -- Modern dance. The dance of the future ; I see America dancing ; Richard Wagner / Isadora Duncan ; The sexual idiom : from Apology for dancing / Rayner Heppenstall ; Mind and medium in the modern dance / Katharine Gilbert ; My teacher Laban ; The philosophy of the modern dance / Mary Wigman ; Merce Cunningham and the politics of perception / Roger Copeland -- Post-modern dance. A quasi survey of some minimalist tendencies / Yvonne Rainer ; Running out of breath / Tom Johnson ; Notes on music and dance / Steve Reich -- Style. Problems of definition : from Next week, Swan Lake / Selma Jeanne Cohen ; The swan in Zurich / R.P. Blackmur ; There is nothing "national" about ballet style / Anna Kisselgoff ; Classic and romantic ballet : from Ballet alphabet / Lincoln Kirstein.
[Part] V : Language, notation, and identity -- Language and languages : from The principles of art / Robin G. Collingwood -- Art as language / Joseph Margolis -- Dance notation and choreology / Fernau Hall -- The role of notation : from Languages of art / Nelson Goodman -- Idealists, materialists, and the thirty-two fouettés / Jack Anderson.
[Part] VI : Dance criticism -- Fanny Elssler in "La Tempête" ; Revival of "La Sylphide" / Théophile Gautier -- The art and meaning of Isadora Duncan / André Levinson -- Anna Pavlowa, 1920 / Carl van Vechten -- Three sides of Agon ; A Balanchine masterpiece (Concerto barocco) / Edwin Denby -- Monumental Martha / Deborah Jowitt -- Momentous (The four temperaments) ; Joffrey jazz (Deuce coupe) / Arlene Croce.
[Part] VII -- The art of dancing : from The dance of life / Havelock Ellis -- The cosmic dance : from The Elizabethan world picture / E.M.W. Tillyard -- From Ritual to art : from Ancient art and ritual / Jane Harrison -- The whirling dervishes : an emptiness filled with everything / Ross Wetzsteon -- Striptease / Roland Barthes -- Dance, photography, and the world's body / Roger Copeland -- The egalitarian waltz / Ruth Katz -- An antrhopologist looks at ballet as a form of ethnic dance / Joann Kealiinohomoku -- A possible grace : from Where she danced / Elizabeth Kendall.

Ballet & Modern Dance

Title: Ballet & Modern Dance
By: by Susan Au
Published: 2012

This cornerstone of the World of Art series is a succinct, vivid and authoritative guide to the rich history of western dance in all its incarnations from 16th-century court ballet to the genre-shattering contortions of 21st-century theatrical dance. Updated for the new millennium to feature the latest styles, performers and technology, this third edition reaffirms its status as the essential introduction to the subject.

Martha Graham: a Dancer's Life

Title: Martha Graham: a Dancer's Life
By: by Russell Freedman
Published: 1998

A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in the world of modern dance.

Shiny Broken Pieces, a Tiny Pretty Things book

Title: Shiny Broken Pieces, a Tiny Pretty Things book
By: by Sonia Charaipotra
Published: 2016

June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan's most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose--and no one is playing nice.


Turning Pointe

Title: Turning Pointe
By: by Chloe Angyal
Published: 2021

"Every day, in dance studios all across America, millions of little girls line up at the barre and take ballet class. Ballet is for girls what football is for boys; while few go on to professional careers, their time in the studio shapes their lives, instilling lessons about gender, power, the value of their bodies and minds, and their place in the world both in and outside of dance. In Turning Pointe, journalist Chloe Angyal takes readers into the exclusive and complicated world of ballet, from the suburban studios where young dancers learn the artform, to the elite summer training programs, to ballet's professional world. She shares the love of ballet that so many dancers feel while also grappling with its shortcomings: the power and tyranny of male choreographers, the impossible standards of beauty, and the racism that pervades ballet. Drawing on interviews with over 80 dancers, students, teachers, and health care professionals, Turning Pointe offers an unprecedented window into the joys and pain of ballet. As Angyal makes clear, if ballet is going to survive in the twenty-first century, if it is going to chart a path into a more socially just future, this reckoning is essential"-- Provided by publisher.

A Company of Swans

Title: A Company of Swans
By: by Eva Ibbotson
Published: 1985


A Time to Dance

Title: A Time to Dance
By: by Padma Venkatraman
Published: 2014

In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.


Dance & Fashion

Title: Dance & Fashion
Published: 2014

"Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. Designers featured include Leon Bakst, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Halston, Barbara Karinka, Isaac Mizrahi, Rodarte, Yves Saint Laurent, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Valentino, and Iris Van Herpen"--Publisher's website.

African Folk Dance Fever

Title: African Folk Dance Fever
By: Beka
Published: 2012

Dance class ; 3
Béka. Studio danse. English ; 3.
Dancers -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Dance schools -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Folk dancing -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.


Title: Dance
By: by Andree Grau
Published: 2005

Surveys all forms of dance throughout the world, discussing its cultural and social significance, its costume, its history, and noted dancers and choreographers.

The Dance Experience: Insights into HIstory, Culture and Creativity

Title: The Dance Experience: Insights into HIstory, Culture and Creativity
By: by Myron Howard Nadel
Published: 2003

Appreciating the world of dance. Through world eyes / Carl Wolz -- Dance in early Greek society / Marc Raymond Strauss -- African dance : Divine motion / Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker -- Folk dance : Father music, mother dance / Rosa Guerrero -- Piercing the mask of Japanese dance theater / Helen Myers -- Social dance : A portrait of people at play ; And "all that jazz" dance / Myron Howard Nadel -- Ballet : a history in broad brushstrokes / Carol Pardo -- Currents of 20th and 21st century dance / Myron Howard Nadel with March Raymond Strauss -- Connecting mind, body and spirit / Myron Howard Nadel -- The dance experience. Dance on the screen / Marc Raymond Strauss -- Of dainty gorillas and macho sylphs : dance and gender / Janice La Pointe-Crump -- A failed marriage : dance and physical education ; Technique : the craft of dancing ; Seeing choreography : separating the dance from the dancer / Myron Howard Nadel -- What is dance notation? / Ann Hutchinson Guest -- Collaboration among the arts / Marc Raymond Strauss -- Seeing feelings : costume design and dance / Catherine F. Norgren -- "As a fish lives in water, a dancer lives in light" / Rick Yeatman -- Dance, music, and theater in theory and practice / Myron Howard Nadel -- Dance criticism ; Conclusion: Your dance experience / Marc Raymond Strauss.

The Dance Bible: the Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers

Title: The Dance Bible: the Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers
By: by Camille LeFevre
Published: 2012

Dance -- Study and teaching.
Dance -- Health aspects.
Dance -- Physiological aspects.
Dancers -- Health and hygiene.
Dancers -- Nutrition.
Dancing injuries -- Prevention.
Choreography -- Study and teaching.
What is dance? -- What do you dance? -- Dance training -- The dancer's body -- Rest and rejuvenation -- The mind-body connection -- Choreography, expression, artistry -- The performance -- The business of dance -- Life as a dancer -- Reality check -- Life after dancing.

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