Dr. Renee Rothman, a dancer and cultural anthropologist, share 13 books that address the human meaning and experience of dancing in cultures throughout the world. Selected because they are easy for general audiences to read, these texts cover dance throughout history, Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, and Social Dance in America, Latin Dance, Middle Eastern Dance, and dance in China. Expand your dance library or your horizons with this reading list.
Our featured photo was taken at the Wachusett Reservoir in Boylston, Massachusetts with a Canon T2i, 55-250mm lens and a circular polarizer. Photographer Christina Duhani has always been amazed at the precision and strength dancers have. Inspired by her friend Elizabeth Hepp (now attending NYU for dance), she decided to attempt something new and try to capture the movement of dance.
March is also Women’s History Month so this is a great opportunity to educate your students with a little history lesson. Introduce through books, film, photos, or words, dance visionaries and groundbreakers like Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, Martha Graham, Maria Tallchief, Anna Pavlova, Janet Collins, Eleanor Powell… and so so so many others!
“There are those who convert the body into a luminous fluidity, surrendering it to the inspiration of the soul.”
An innovator ahead of her time, Isadora’s natural and free dance liberated the dance formula and paved the way for the development and acceptance of the modern dance art form.