Monday, December 26, 2011

Learn to Speak Dance

Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing, and Promoting Your Moves Ann-Marie Williams

The main thrust of this book is that anyone can dance. Lessons help if you want to learn a certain style, but anyone can dance and anyone can make up their own moves and dances. It covers styles of dance, different approaches to choreography, how to put a crew or troupe or company together, and how to perform and public and let people know you exist. Sprinkled throughout are quotations and inspiration from famous choreographers and dancers, and videos of different dances to check out.

The bold colors and illustrative style help explain the text and just make it a fun read. I found it really inspiring and it was hard to keep still and read-- I just wanted to get up and MOVE while reading it. I like how accessible it made dance and how it made it appeal to all types of people--whether you're into the classical rigidity of ballet, the passion of tango, or the thumping modernity of break dancing.

My only complaint is there doesn't seem to be a website or anything to make it easy to find video of the dances that are highlighted-- it would have been really useful.

Book Provided by... my local library

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