The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (Oxford Quick Reference)

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With over 2,500 entries covering all aspects of dance, this unique dictionary is the only one of its kind available.
It is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of dance in paperback, ranging from classical ballet to the cutting edge of modern dance. It provides all the information necessary for dance fans to navigate the current diverse dance scene.
During the last twenty years the boundaries of dance have been radically redrawn. There has been an explosion of new activity within traditional forms like ballet, a stream of new dance languages invented by fresh generations of choreographers, and there is a growing appreciation of cultural dance forms from around the world. Fans today are likely to attend performances as varied as Spanish flamenco, Indian bharata natyam, Japanese butoh, classical ballet, and post-modern dance.
With an emphasis on performance - the dance we see in our theatres today - readers will find both fact and analysis on a wide range of subjects, from styles of dance and the history of dance companies and their productions, to dancers, choreographers, and technical terms.

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Debra Craine is Deputy Arts Editor and Chief Dance Critic of The Times. She has studied ballet, modern dance, jazz, and dance notation. Debra has contributed to several leading reference books on dance, including The International Dictionary of Ballet (1993) and has worked as a theatre critic. She has been writing about dance for more than twenty years for publications in Great Britain and North America, and has appeared many times on radio as a dance critic. Judith Mackrell is Dance Critic of The Guardian. She studied English and Philosophy at the University of York and the University of Oxford. From 1981-86 she was a part-time lectuerer in English and Dance at the University of Oxford, Oxford Polytechnic, and the Roehampton Institute, and has been a freelance dance writer and arts broadcaster since 1986. Judith was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Laban Centre for Dance in 1986. Her previous books include Out of Line, Reading Dance, and Life in Dance: Darcey Bussell (1998).

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This is a new version of the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet (2d ed., 1987).Both authors have published widely in Britain on the subject of dance. In this volume, they have broadened coverage to include the history and practice of dance on the "international stage." They state that the work reflects "the unprecedented diversity of the art form as it enters the twenty-first century." They are careful to point out, however, that it does not attempt to include those dance forms that are confined to specific native cultures. They treat dance from a theatrical rather than an anthropological viewpoint.

Entries are brief, usually one paragraph, but major individuals, institutions, and works receive longer ones. Lengthy works lists are provided for a very small number of well-known artists, like Balanchine. The dictionary is still concise , although that word is no longer part of the title. Some entries found in earlier versions have been dropped (for example, Katharine Abel, a famous Viennese dancer who died in 1892, is gone), probably to make room for new and updated entries. Among the new entries are Merce Cunningham's Beach Birds , which premiered in 1991 and was partially created using a computer program; the Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlo company; and the Pilobolus Dance Theater, which practices a form of sculptural dance that includes acrobatics, gymnastics, pantomime, and modern dance. Such entries represent the dictionary's acceptance of more diversity among the types of dance included.

Perusing a sampling of entries, one finds specific works (Coppelia , Mass for Our Time , Riverdance ), companies (Berlin Opera Ballet, Rockettes, Stuttgart Ballet), musicians and composers, dance steps and styles, and surveys of dance in various countries. Attesting to the fact that classical ballet, tap, and modern dance are represented, there are entries for Alvin Ailey, Savion Glover, Martha Graham, Gene Kelly, Rudolph Nureyev, Bill Robinson (Bojangles), and Tommy Tune, to name a few. The work cannot match the depth of coverage in the two-volume encyclopedia International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James, 1993) and the recent International Encyclopedia of Modern Dance (St. James, 1998). However, it packs an amazing amount of information into a small amount of space. Very affordable, it is well worth adding to a dance collection in any library and provides a compact, handy way to access dance facts quickly. REVWR
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