A illustrated guide ranging from classical ballet and baroque court spectacles to avant-garde modern dance, tap and world dance. Susan Au also examines the upsurge in revivals of such styles as ballroom, the Argentine tango and Irish step dancing, as well as the dancers' use of modern technology.
Susan Au is a cataloguer of films and videotapes in the Dance Collection of the New York Public Library. She was senior researcher for Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works and is a contributor to the International Encyclopaedia of Dance and the New Grove Dictionary of Music in the United States.
Revised and expanded edition incorporating developments in dance over the past decade. B/w and colour illus.
Introduction by Selma Jeanne Cohen; 1. Most Obedient Servant; 2. The Rise of Professionalism; 3. The Development of the Ballet d' Action; 4. Ascent and Descent; 5. Crystallization and Ferment in Russia; 6. First Steps towards a new Form; 7. 'Astonish Me'; 8. Truly Modern; 9. The Decentralization of Ballet; 10. The Metamorphosis of Form; 11. A Time of Growth; 12. 1990-2000