Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Outside of a Dog, #91

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

Martha Graham, famed dancer and choreographer, was born today in 1894. If you’ve ever felt like just getting up and dancing, these books are for you!

Blood Memory – Martha Graham

Graham’s own autobiography follows her life from her upbringing in Pennsylvania through her desire to dance and create dances for the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance and the first generation of the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel.

Biog Graham WAM

Frontiers of Dance: The life of Martha Graham - Walter Terry

Part of the juvenile “Women in America” series, this book has lots of information on Time’s “Dancer of the Century.” While Graham preferred not to call what she did “modern” dance, many sources list her additions to the world of dance as exactly that.

JBio Graham WCV

Cal Pozo’s learn to dance in minutes: Swing Medley – Cal Pozo

A former Broadway dancer, Pozo now makes videos of himself teaching dances, as well as produces DVDs of other dancers and fitness gurus, including Denise Austin, Kathy Smith, and Dancing with the Stars. Here, he takes the viewer through the 40s swing style, which made a comeback in the late 90s, and has continued to be popular since the re-emergence of bands like the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

DVD 793.33 L WCV

The dance encyclopedia – Anatole Chujoy

Featuring a comprehensive look at many styles and cultures of dance from ballet to swing to modern and tap, and many others. If you want to know a little something about a lot of styles, or a lot about one particular style, check out this book!

793.3 C WAM WDB

The nutcracker – Darci Kistler

One of the most famous ballets ever, this Christmas tale about Clara and the prince who was turned into a Nutcracker is a long-lasting fairy tale. The original story, written and scored by Tchaikovsky, was a little longer than the modern version seen now.

VC Kid Vid Nutcracker WCV

VC 792.8 N WDB

VC Bks 792.842 N WMB

We also carry Dance magazine and everybody’s favorite movie about dance: Dirty Dancing.

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