The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (Oxford Paperback Reference)

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Quick Reference
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199563446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199563449
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Thorough

 on January 20, 2016
By Sassk6
A little dense for a younger reader, but very thorough. I think it would even be great for a college student.

Nice dictionary of dance

 on September 23, 2015
By CK
Very thorough, nice job. Would have liked better paper quality.

Five Stars

 on October 31, 2014
By Polaris64
This is a very comprehensive guide to the who, what, where, and when of dance.

Awesome!

 on January 24, 2012
By E
This book really does have entries on everything from Astaire to the Zurich Ballet. So much information in one relatively small book. Really great for reference. Very informative.

It’s about time!

11 people found this helpful.
 on January 23, 2001
By Amazon Customer
At the risk of stating the obvious like a darn fool, it is a dictionary in every sense of the word. Arranged in alphabetical order, this book contains encyclopaedic entries on famous dancers, choreographers, dance companies from around the world, dance terminology and even composers like Charles Ives and Richard Strauss (whose music were used in miscellaneous dances). From Alvin Ailey to the Zurich Ballet, it serves as a quick reference for seasoned followers of dance, while pure beginners might get lost in the mass of text. Those into visual aids will also be utterly disappointed for there’s none here. But on the whole, it’s still worth the space on your bookshelf.

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