The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training

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This rich collection of essays and interviews explores modern-dance technique training from the last fifty years. Focusing on the culture of dance, editors Melanie Bales and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol examine choreographic process and style, dancer agency and participation in the creative process, and changes in the role and purpose of training. Bringing recent writings on dance into dialogue with dance practice, "The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training" asks readers to consider the relationship between training practices and choreographic style and content. The contributors explore how technique training both guides and reflects the art of dance.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (February 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252074890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252074899
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

An easy and affirmative read

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2011
By Trace
All practitioners of Modern Dance in all it’s entirety should soak up this book with enthusiasm. It is informative, accsessible and if your line of enquiry includes any questions about Somatics in dance and dance training, this book is for you without a doubt. It will lead you into further enquiry and affirm your interest. I highly recommend it and hope that it inspires more dancers and trainers to embrace Somatics with a clearer understanding of the depth that it can bring.

Research In Dance

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 7, 2009
I found this book to be helpful in understanding movement pedagogy and approaches that can/should be utilized. I particularly enjoyed Melanie Bales article “Falling, Releasing and Post-Judson Dance.” This book would be a useful tool for anyone with the desire to research and/or practice movement pedagogy.

intelligent discussion of contemporary dance practices

One person found this helpful.
 on February 8, 2010
By thinking mover
I am finding the discourse in this book inspiring and helpful while I grapple with my own questions and concerns regarding “teaching” dance technique. I am very glad that I bought it!

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