An illustrated, international survey of the art of dance discusses the major theatrical dance traditions, as well as dance as a form of social, religious, and cultural expression, focusing on the relationship between dance and culture. TV tie-in.
An authoritative history of tap dancing explores its unique role as an art form that creates its own music, tracing its origins in African traditions and other folk-dance forms, its growth on the stage and screen and its reinvention by a new generation of performers.
A contributing humorist to the New York Times and Spy tackles etiquette and manners for the modern age, providing interviews with civility experts like Judith Martin and Tim Gunn and more unlikely subjects including a former prisoner and an army sergeant.
A cultural history of the 1930s by the author of Gates of Eden explores the anxiety, despair, and optimism of the period while evaluating such factors as the Dust Bowl migrations, "screwball comedy," and swing band music to evaluate how period culture provided a dynamic lift to the country's morale.
Draws on the author's interviews with famous, accomplished, and everyday people who have lived happily into their senior years to present an optimistic assessment of the end of life that also reveals how his research affected members of his own family.
The author of the critically acclaimed Blood Rites examines the human impulse toward collective joy, historically expressed in communal celebrations, reflecting the human nature as social beings, involving ecstatic revelries of feasting, costuming, and dancing, from the ancient Greeks’ worship of Dionysus to the more recent “carnivalization” of sports.
Highlighted by hundreds of full-color and black-and-white photographs, this engaging history of dance chronicles the last one hundred years of dance steps and crazes, dancers, choreographers, and trends, from 1900 to the present day.
"Come, sit by me," says Grandmother. "Take this chalk in your hand. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. It is the beginning and the end, the navel of the world." So Fawzia Al-Rawi describes her grandmother's first lesson about the ancient craft of Oriental dance. Grandmother's Secretsalways circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as "belly dancing."