Synopsis

National Dance

National Dance $29.99

Margaret Allenby-Jaffe

Published by Crowood Press

"Whosoever danceth not, knoweth not the way of life"

When this line from a second-century Gnostic hymn was written, dancing was still 'of the people, for the people, by the people'

And it's this dance of the common people - folk dance - that this book takes a long look

Country by country, it explores and compares the cultural traditions that underpin folk dance in various part of Europe

And it considers the importance of dance both as a patriotic statement and as a force for education and international communication

TOPICS INCLUDE:

The history and development of folk dance

The influence of environment and national character on dance styles

The language of music as an expression of national identity National costume - its development and significance

Step-by-step descriptions of particular national dances and accompanying music

The role of national dance as the foundation for modern dance disciplines

REVIEWS

"Rich in history and interpretation" ~ Library Journal

"Recommended addition to any dancer's shelf of reference books" ~ Back Stage East

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