In dance, the choreographer creates, the dancer performs, and the viewer observes. This work is a handbook for the viewer. By presenting historical and artistic perspectives of dance, dance events are made more approachable and appreciation for the art form is heightened. The choreographic components of body language, content, structure, music, design, and interpretation are included. Also discussed is the development of critical reaction over time. Examples are drawn from Western theatrical dance and worldwide cultural variations. Terms are explained throughout the text, and an extensive bibliography gives sources in print and on tape for further study.
An advisor and writer on dance and theater for nearly fifty years, Joan Cass holds degrees from Cornell and Columbia. She has penned numerous articles and reviews on dance, and has written for and performed editorial services for several dance-related educational and reference works.