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Bird’s Eye ViewDorothy BirdAn autobiography of Martha Graham’s protoge who went on to work with every major Broadway choreographer of the 1930s and 40s. It provides invaluable insights into Graham’s teaching while telling anecdotes about working on the Great White Way.
Choreography and the Specific ImageDaniel NagrinSpiced with wit and strong opinions, the third installment in Daniel Nagrin’s trilogy explores the art of choreography through the life’s work of an important artist. This is the first book to approach choreography through content rather than structure.
Dance and the Lived BodySondra Horton FraleighIn her remarkable book, Sondra Horton Fraleigh examines and describes dance through her consciousness of dance as an art, through the experience of dancing, and through the existential and phenomenological literature on the lived body. She describes, with performance photographs, specific imagery in dance masterworks by Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Viola Farber, Nina Weiner, and Garth Fagan.

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Dance and the Specific ImageDaniel NagrinThe first in a trilogy of books by one of the leading figures in American dance, Dance and the Specific Image includes more than 100 improvisational structures that Daniel Nagrin created with his company, the Workgroup, and taught in dance classes and workshops throughout the United States. Robby Barnett of the Pilobolus Dance Theater called the book "a vivid and fascinating document of his thinking—more movement and performance and, of course, on his own extraordinary life in dance."

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Dance ImprovisationsJoyce MorgenrothDance Improvisations is a book for teachers of dance and acting, choreographers, directors, and dance therapists. Methodical, yet inventive, this book offers highly structured techniques for developing dancers’ ability to work together.

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Dancing IdentitySondra Horton FraleighCombining critical analysis with personal history and poetry, Dancing Identity presents a series of interconnected essays composed over a period of fifteen years that explore the role of movement in defining our sense of self.

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Dancing into DarknessSondra Horton FraleighDancing Into Darkness is Sondra Horton Fraleigh's chronological diary of her deepening understanding of and appreciation for the art form of butoh, as she moves from a position of aesthetic response as an audience member to that of assimilation as a student of Zen and butoh. Fraleigh witnesses her own artistic and personal transformation through essays, poems, interviews, and reflections spanning twelve years of study, much of it in Japan.

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Intimate Act of ChoreographyLynne Anne BlomFinally, a comprehensive book that covers all aspects of choreography from the most fundamental techniques to highly sophisticated artistic concerns. The Intimate Act of Choreography presents the what and how of choreography in a workable format that begins with basics - time, space, force - and moves on to the more complex issues faced by the intermediate and advanced choreographer - form, style, abstraction, compositional structures, and choreographic devices.

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Moment of MovementLynne Anne BlomThis classic book is a practical and philosophical exploration of dance improvisation, providing hundreds of ideas.

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New DanceMargery TurnerDealing exclusively with developments in modern dance since 1951, this book is for anyone who wishes to understand and experience nonliteral dance: students and teachers, dancers and critics.

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Prodigal SonEdward VillellaProdigal Son documents the life of award-winning dancer Edward Villella.
Researching DanceSondra Horton FraleighAn introduction to research methods in dance addressed primarily to graduate students. The editors explore dance as evolutional, defining it in view of its intrinsic participatory values, its developmental aspects, and its purposes from art to ritual, and they examine the role of theory in research.

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Six QuestionsDaniel NagrinWriting in Dance Research Journal, Joellen A. Meglin of Temple University called The Six Questions, "a nerve-hitting, nitty-gritty, accept-nothing-bogus, action-painted account of the dance performance process based on a lifetime of creative performance, choreography, and teaching." Nagrin's second volume focuses on the theory of acting technique for dance performance and includes a workbook of exercises.

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