During the first third of the twentieth century, innovators and developers of modern dance evolved exercise systems, established schools, and published books on «dancing» illustrated by numerous photographs. Some of the books are by dancer-authors: Isadora Duncan, Raymond Duncan, Mary Beegle, Helen Moller, Margaret H'Doubler, Eleanor Elder, and Margaret Morris. These media - books and photographs - are also used by art critics, Charles Caffin and John E. Crawford Flitch and photographer, Arnold Genthe in books on dancing and dancers during this period; analysis of their works adds other dimensions to this study. The social, political, and cultural movements of radical utopianism, idealization of nature, rational recreation, anti-Victorianism, and the adulation of ancient Greek culture contribute to understanding the forces which influenced the newly emerging art forms of modern dance and photography.
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The Author: Judith B. Alter has an M.A. in Dance from Mills College and an M.A. in Teaching Social Studies and an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently teaching dance philosophy and graduate dance education as an assistant professor in the Dance Department at UCLA. She previously taught dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Tufts University. She published articles on dance theory, dance history, and creativity, and is author of Surviving Exercise (1983), Stretch and Strengthen (1986) and Dance-Based Dance Theory (Peter Lang, 1991).Review:
«This is a primary work of singular scholastic value to those who study dance or photography, dance history or history in social or political terms.» (EP, Academic Library Book Review)
«With this new book Alter...has provided a richly informative view, in photographs and text, of important dance innovators in the early 20th century.» (C.W. Sherman, Choice)
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Book Description Peter Lang Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110820421677
Book Description Peter Lang Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0820421677