This book highlights both verbally and visually the development of dance through the ages. The influence of peoples' beliefs, cultures, and lifestyles, as well as the functions of dance in various societies are discussed. This book explores the background of today's dances: tap, ballet, modern, and jazz, while also looking into the early dances of many countries. Dance has inspired many creators of cave paintings, woodprints, paintings, sculptures, murals, music, literature, and other artistic media, as shown in the many illustrations that embellish this book and that emphasize not only dance but also the costumes and the artists of the various periods and locations.
DANCE – An Illustrated History by Helene Andreu is:
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.87(d)|
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This is a captivating and informative book. After two chapters covering the earliest dances up to and through the middle ages, and a unique chapter on the dances of Native American tribes, Alaskans and Hawaiians, the book has several chapters on ballet, tap dancing, jazz, modern dancing, all from their beginnings to the present. On every so many pages we are presented with several illustrations from the incredibly numerous collection of images in the book -- paintings, sculptures, photographs, sheet music covers, and posters -- showing dancers or some aspect of dance. At the end of the book there is an extensive bibliography for every chapter. Also included is a detailed index and, at the very end, for those of us who want to know more about the images, there is a detailed list of the source and website of each one.