The Routledge Dance Studies Reader, Paperback
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The second edition of The Routledge Dance Studies Reader offers fresh critical perspectives on classic and modern dance forms, including ballroom, tango, Hip-hop, site-specific performance, and disability in dance.

Alexandra Carter and Janet O'Shea deliver a substantially revised and updated collection of key texts, featuring an enlightening new introduction, which tracks differing approaches to dance studies.

Important articles from the first edition are accompanied by twenty new works by leading critical voices.

The articles are presented in five thematic sections, each with a new editorial introduction and further reading.

Sections cover: * Making dance * Performing dance * Ways of looking * Locating dance in history and society * Debating the discipline The Routledge Dance Studies Reader gives readers access to over thirty essential texts on dance and provides expert guidance on their critical context.

It is a vital resource for anyone interested in understanding dance from a global and contemporary perspective.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 424 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Dance
  • ISBN: 9780415485999



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I am by no means leaving this unfinished because I didn't like it. While it's very wordy and intellectual, it's still quite interesting and definitely gives me a lot of ideas for future work. Unfortunately, I am borrowing it and have to return it after reading only a few of the essays. I look forward to actually finishing it.