Dancing Communities

Author: J. Hamera
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230626483
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Dancers create 'civic culture' as performances for public consumption, but also as vernaculars connecting individuals who may have little in common. Examining performance and the construction of culturally diverse communities the book suggests that amateur and concert dance can teach us how to live and work productively together.

Communities in Motion

Author: Susan Eike Spalding
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
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From old-time square to Cherokee traditional dance to contra, this book examines how a variety of vernacular dance reflects and shapes communities.

Belly Dance Around the World

Author: Caitlin E. McDonald
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476605688
Format: PDF
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In these essays, dancers and scholars from around the world carefully consider the transformation of an improvised folk form from North Africa and the Middle East into a popular global dance practice. They explore the differences between the solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, often referred to as raqs sharki, which are part of family celebrations, and the numerous globalized versions of this dance form, belly dance, derived from the movement vocabulary of North Africa and the Middle East but with a variety of performance styles distinct from its site of origin. Local versions of belly dance have grown and changed along with the role that dance plays in the community. The global evolution of belly dance is an inspiring example of the interplay of imagination, the internet and the social forces of local communities. All royalties are being donated to Women for Women International, an organization dedicated to supporting women survivors of war through economic, health, and social education programs. The contributors are proud to provide continuing sponsorship to such a worthwhile and necessary cause.

Appalachian Dance

Author: Susan Eike Spalding
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252096452
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In Appalachian Dance, Susan Eike Spalding employs twenty-five years' worth of rich interviews with black and white Virginians, Tennesseeans, and Kentuckians to explore the evolution and social uses of dance practices in each region. Spalding analyzes how issues as disparate as industrialization around coal, race relations, and the 1970s folk revival profoundly influenced freestyle clogging and other dance forms. She reveals how African Americans and Native Americans, as well as European immigrants drawn to the timber mills and coal fields, added to local dance vocabularies. By placing each community in its sociopolitical and economic context, Spalding explores how the formal and stylistic nuances found in Appalachian dance reflect the beliefs, shared understandings, and experiences of the community at large.

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition

Author: Dr. Sherril Dodds
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190639105
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In the twenty-first century, values of competition underpin the free-market economy and aspirations of individual achievement shape the broader social world. Consequently, ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, judgment and worth, influence the dance that we see and do. Across stage, studio, street, and screen, economies of competition impact bodily aesthetics, choreographic strategies, and danced meanings. In formalized competitions, dancers are judged according to industry standards to accumulate social capital and financial gain. Within the capitalist economy, dancing bodies compete to win positions in prestigious companies, while choreographers hustle to secure funding and attract audiences. On the social dance floor, dancers participate in dance-offs that often include unspoken, but nevertheless complex, rules of bodily engagement. And the media attraction to the drama and spectacle of competition regularly plays out in reality television shows, film documentaries, and Hollywood cinema. Drawing upon a diverse collection of dances across history and geography, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition asks how competition affects the presentation and experience of dance and, in response, how dancing bodies negotiate, critique, and resist the aesthetic and social structures of the competition paradigm.

Engaging Heritage Engaging Communities

Author: Bryony Onciul
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1783271655
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International, multi-disciplinary perspectives on the key question of community engagement in theory and practice in a diverse range of heritage settings.

Embodied Communities

Author: Felicia Hughes-Freeland
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781845455217
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Court dance in Java has changed from a colonial ceremonial tradition into a national artistic classicism. Central to this general transformation has been dance’s role in personal transformation, developing appropriate forms of everyday behaviour and strengthening the powers of persuasion that come from the skillful manipulation of both physical and verbal forms of politeness. This account of dance’s significance in performance and in everyday life draws on extensive research, including dance training in Java, and builds on how practitioners interpret and explain the repertoire. The Javanese case is contextualized in relation to social values, religion, philosophy, and commoditization arising from tourism. It also raises fundamental questions about the theorization of culture, society and the body during a period of radical change.

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing

Author: Vassiliki Karkou
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199949298
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing adopts a broad understanding of wellbeing, considering various applications of dance in promoting it. The five sections encompass diverse perspectives on dance and related movement practices, including (i) physical, socio-cultural and emotional aspects, (ii) performance, (iii) education, (iv) community, and (v) dance in health care settings. Within these diverse contexts, theoreticians, scientists, researchers and practitioners from around the world engage, and invited readers to engage, in configuring dance, wellbeing and creative cross-overs"--

Engaging Classrooms and Communities Through Art

Author: Beth Krensky
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759110670
Format: PDF
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At the same time that arts funding and programming in schools are declining, exciting community-based art programs have successfully been able to build community, foster change, and enrich children's lives. Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the design and implementation of community-based art programs for educators, community leaders, and artists. The book combines case studies with diverse groups across the country that are using different media - including mural arts, dance, and video - with an informed introduction to the theory and history of community-based art. It is a perfect handbook for those looking to transform their communities through art.