Books for Dancers

Are you a dancer? This book list is for you.

Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre – Tracey Moore

Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre

Directors, teachers of musical theater, and students-including actors, singers, or dancers-will find time-tested advice, exercises, and worksheets for all skill levels. This book guides readers through musical theater elements, classroom workshops, and the world of professional auditions and performances. Chapters cover singing and acting terminology, modern microphone use, vocal and physical warm-ups, interpreting music and lyrics, body movement and gesture and risks and spontaneity.  This book is available from the website listed below.

Critical Gestures: Writings on Dance and Culture – Ann Daly

Critical Gestures: Writings on Dance and Culture

Spanning the divide between journalism and scholarship, this collection offers a double-sighted view of dance in America from 1985 to the present, documenting the shift in experimental dance from formal to social concerns and recording the expansion of dance studies in the academy from historical documentation to cultural criticism. Daly examines performance art and visual art as they relate to and influence dance, with a look at the intersection of dance and history.

Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America – Ann Daly

Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America

Seventy-five years after her death, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) remains a subject of popular fascination. The original “material girl,” Duncan improvised her legendary life as a pioneer of American modern dance. She regularly reinvented herself for her devoted audiences, evolving from the youthful nymph to the wartime Lady Liberty to the maturing tragic actress. Daly vividly recreates the choreographer’s life in her native America from a bohemian upbringing in northern California to her triumphant New York appearances to her disastrous final tour and exile. Done into Dance is the only book about Duncan that describes how she danced and accounts for her extraordinary popularity.

Poor Dancer’s Almanac. Managing Life and Work in the… – David R. White, Lise Friedman, Tia Levenson

Poor Dancer’s Almanac.  Managing Life and Work in the Performing Arts

Combining how-to information with voices of working dancers, Poor Dancer’s Almanac: Managing Life and Work in the Performing Arts is an essential resource tool for all independent dancers. Organized and compiled by Dance Theatre Workshop and authored by more than fifty leading professionals, Poor Dancer’s Almanac offers in-depth discussions of everything from personal livelihood to career development, from housing and unemployment to management, touring and legal issues. Poor Dancer’s Almanac features a special section dealing with health issues and the AIDS crisis.  This book is available at Amazon.


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