Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques

Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques

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A lively portrait of modern dance training that gives today's dancers and students the tools to compare the great classical techniques in the studio. This comparative approach will enable the student to try each technique AZ with sample lessons AZ and to contrast the different philosophies. The author pairs Martha Graham with Doris Humphrey, Katherine Dunham with Lester Horton Jose Limon with Erick Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis with Merce Cunningham. Paul Taylor has his own chapter, leading to the book's conclusion on how modern dance training is currently approached. Each unit contains core ideas, a series of journaling and discussion topics, improvisation experiments, biographical sketches of the choreographers, and a presentation of class material. At the end of each chapter, questions and experiments offer basic ideas that you can use to further your understanding of the choreography presented. The techniques are placed within historical and cultural contexts, so that we see the interconnectedness of each choreography with history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 172 x 228 x 18.8mm | 476.27g
  • Dance Horizons Inc.,N.Y.
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • monochrome photographs
  • 087127325X
  • 9780871273253
  • 301,490

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"Well researched. Useful for students in understanding roots/influences of contemporary dance." Nada Diachenko, co-director of the department of theatre and dance, University of Colorado Boulder" "Much needed concepts in one book for next generation teachers." Dr. Susan Kirchner, chairperson of the dance department, Towson University" "I believe every public school dance teacher should have a copy in her classroom." Pamela Sofras, chairman of department of dance, University of North Carolina Charlotte" "A useful text for modern dance technique classes at the high school or college level. It could be used throughout the typical four years of study or for a one-semester survey course of modern dance." "Journal of Dance Education "(December 2012)" "Ideal for an undergraduate dance history or pedagogy course, "Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques" explores the work of more than 10 modern dance choreographers. Includes descriptions of key exercises from each choreographer's class work." "Dance Teacher Magazine" (August 2012)"
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About Joshua Legg

Joshua Legg is a performer, choreographer, director and writer whose teaching credentials include Harvard University, Suffolk University, and Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He has served as master teacher and guest lecturer at many dance conferences in the USA.
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