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Fifty Contemporary Choreographers

Fifty Contemporary Choreographers is a unique and authoritative guide to the lives and work of prominent living contemporary choreographers. Representing a wide range of dance genres and styles, each entry locates the individual in the context of contemporary dance and explores their impact. This text is an invaluable resource for all students and critics of dance and all those interested in the everchanging world and variety of contemporary choreography.

Dance Anatomy

Experience the raw energy and aesthetic beauty of dance as you perfect your technique with Dance Anatomy. Featuring hundreds of full-color illustrations, Dance Anatomy presents more than 100 of the most effective dance, movement, and performance exercises, each designed to promote correct alignment, improved placement, proper breathing, and prevention of common injuries. The exercises are drawn in stunning detail, capturing the dancer in motion and highlighting the active muscles associated with each movement so you can develop and strengthen different areas of the body. 

Dance and Activism

This study focuses on dance as an activist practice in and of itself, across geographical locations and over the course of a century, from 1920 to 2020. Through doing so, it considers how dance has been an empowering agent for political action throughout civilisation. Dance and Activism offers a glimpse of different strategies of mobilizing the human body for good and justice for all, and captures the increasing political activism epitomized by bodies moving on the streets in some of the most turbulent political situations. 

Rooted Jazz Dance

An African American art form, jazz dance has an inaccurate historical narrative that often sets Euro-American aesthetics and values at the inception of the jazz dance genealogy. The roots were systemically erased and remain widely marginalized and untaught, and the devaluation of its Africanist origins and lineage has largely gone unchallenged. Decolonizing contemporary jazz dance practice, this book examines the state of jazz dance theory, pedagogy, and choreography in the twenty-first century, recovering and affirming the lifeblood of jazz in Africanist aesthetics and Black American culture.

The Great History of Russian Ballet

Although the techniques of classical ballets were invented by French and Italian masters two hundred years ago, the Russian Ballet refined these techniques, thus enhancing its already superb performances. This book uncovers the Great History of Russian Ballet, its art and choreography.

Black Ballerinas

As a young girl Misty Copeland didn't have a lot of exposure to ballet or prominent dancers. She was sixteen when she saw a black ballerina on a magazine cover for the first time. The experience emboldened Misty and told her that she wasn't alone--and her dream wasn't impossible. In the years since, Misty has only learned more about the trailblazing women who made her own success possible by pushing back against repression and racism with their talent and tenacity. Misty brings these women's stories to a new generation of readers and gives them the recognition they deserve.

Spotlight on Dance Online, a Streaming Video Database

Spotlight on the Dance Online: Dance in Video library database.  Streaming videos showcasing performances from the greatest dance companies and performers worldwide, spanning from traditional ballet to hip hop, street dance, and modern dance. Watch instructional materials covering specific techniques and documentaries and interviews with performers and choreographers.

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Check out select streaming videos below from the library's databases. Browse more dance videos through Films on Demand and Dance Online.

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Introduction to West African With Maguette Camara

Maguette Camara is a globally recognized West African dancer, choreographer, teacher, and drummer who began his career at a young age with The Ballet Bougarabou Dance Company in Dakar, Senegal. In this program, Camara presents a basic introduction to West African dance. 

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Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!

Influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930s, Nutcracker! features dollops of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos, and magical fantasy. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s newly-refreshed delectable sets and costumes combine with Bourne’s dazzling choreography in this delightful production.

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A black ballerina describes her trials and tribulations in the dance community while performing in the inner city streets of Los Angeles.

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Open Modern With Caitlin Trainor

Caitlin Trainor is a dancer, choreographer, entrepreneur and the artistic director of Trainor Dance. Driven by music and imagination, Trainor creates and performs highly physical, intensely human dances. In this program, Trainor gives a class for all levels that begins with a slow, deep warm up and progresses to full-throttle physicality in a contemporary modern style.