The Oxford Dictionary of Dance / Edition 2

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"This new dictionary by two leading and authoritative writers on dance provides the information necessary for dance fans to navigate the diverse modern dance scene. With an emphasis on performance the dance we see in theatres today - readers will find both fact and analysis on a wide range of subjects from dancers and choreographers to dance styles and technical terms." Readership: General dance fans, as well as dance students and teachers.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Capturing the elusive art of dance in print is nearly impossible. Compiling a concise account of its names, places, organizations, and vocabulary is an art in itself and one that here is worthy of applause. Springing from The Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, this volume extends its coverage to include the many other kinds of dance performed around the world. The authors--Craine is deputy arts editor and chief dance critic for The Times (London) and Mackrell is dance critic for the Guardian--have choreographed a work that will be useful for students, dancers, and dance audiences alike. From the ballet Abraxas to Diaghilev dancer Nicholas Zvereff, more than 500 densely packed pages offer alphabetized dance facts and features that range through time and around the world. In contrast to earlier editions, individual entries here do not include bibliographies, but a substantial selected bibliography lists reference books, periodicals, and biographies and autobiographies. This new version of an old favorite is recommended for all reference collections.--Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This single-volume dictionary offers amazingly comprehensive coverage of the world of dance. Within its 25,000 entries, readers can find everything from a three-line explanation of "fado" to a three-page essay about Russia, the USSR, and ballet. Choreography, performers, composers, designers, companies, institutions, specific works and productions, terminology, films, and even dance shoes are all included. Longer essays address dance by country, historical period, and form. From classical ballet to hip-hop, fandango to Kabuki, Fonteyn to Fosse-they're all here. Dance dictionaries and/or encyclopedias with this breadth of coverage are hard to find. Although this dictionary has no illustrations, its all-inclusive format makes it an excellent purchase for any high school library.-Becky Ferrall, Stonewall Jackson High School, Manassas, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This dance dictionary is most marked by its inclusivity, covering ballet capoeira, flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, Kabuki, modern, contemporary, raqs sharqi, salsa, tango, tap, and ballroom. Search for choreographers<-->Frederick Ashton, Mark Morris, Elizabeth Streb, Bill T. Jones, or Maurice B<'e>jart; for techniques and terms such as allegro, contact improvisation, contraction and release, Labannotation, fouett<'e>, mudra, and ; for companies such as the Kirov Ballet, Paris Opera, and Riverdance, for productions like the Rite of Spring, Sleeping Beauty, and The Green Table. Even composers for dance like Stravinsky, Faur<'e>, and Satie are included. Entries run an average of 125 words, and a substantial bibliography is included. There are no illustrations. Craine is dance critic for the (London) and Mackrell is dance critic for the . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher

"Highly recommended for all libraries."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199563449
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 972,384
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Craine is the deputy arts editor and chief dance critic for The Times (London). Judith Mackrell is the dance critic for The Guardian.

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