The Oxford Dictionary of Dance / Edition 2

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With over 2,600 entries, the second edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Dance is a unique single volume reference on all aspects of dance performance written by two leading dance writers, Debra Craine and Judith Mackrell. The work covers all aspects of the diverse dance world from classical ballet to modern, from flamenco to hip-hop, from tap to South Asian dance forms and includes detailed entries on technical terms, steps, styles, works and countries, in addition to many biographies of dancers, choreographers, and companies.

During the last thirty 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.

With 150 new entries, this new edition charts developments that have occurred over the last ten years, including the rise of new digital technology in the creation and staging of dance and the move to the mainstream of formerly fringe genres such as hip-hop, as well as the arrival of a new generation of dancers and choreographers to the scene.

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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 (
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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: 295,998
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Craine is 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 also worked as a theatre critic. She has been writing about dance for almost thirty years for publications in Great Britain and North America, and has appeared many times on radio as a dance critic.

Judith Mackrell is Chief Dance critic of The Guardian. She studied English and Philosophy at the University of York and the University of Oxford. From 1981-1986, she was a part-time lecturer 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 (1992), Reading Dance (1997), Life in Dance: Darcey Bussell (1998), and the Costa Book Award short-listed Bloomsbury Ballerina: A Life of Lydia Lopokova (2008).

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