It’s been a little while since a dance book caught my eye, and reminded me of just how important reading about dance is for dance students and professionals. I remember taking academic dance classes during college, as a Dance Major, and enjoying learning about dance from a different perspective. A perspective that didn’t actually involve dancing, but was quite informative, and eye-opening nonetheless.
Joshua Legg’s book entitled, “Introduction To Modern Dance Techniques”, is the type of book that I think every young dancer, and every Modern Dance Teacher should definitely read. Joshua calls it, “A Biography of Modernist Dance Training”. Here is a snippet about what the book covers, taken from Joshua Legg’s website:
“Bringing together many of the major modern dance techniques from the last 80 years, this engaging account is the first of its kind. The informative discussion starts by mapping the historical development of modern dance: in the late 19th century, a new dance emerged—not yet known as modern dance—that rejected social strictures and ballet as well. With insight into the personalities and purposes of modern dance’s vanguard—including Martha Graham, Lester Horton, José Limón, and Merce Cunningham—this compilation provides a comparative approach that will enable students to discern which technique best suits them and dispel the idea that there is a single, universal modern dance technique.”
I haven’t purchased or read the book yet, but I definitely plan to do so. Reading about dance history, and different techniques is just another tool that enhances your skills as a dancer and dance teacher. I look forward to learning more about Modern dance through this book, and I hope that you do too.
Learn more about the book and get the link to pre-order your copy HERE.
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