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Essential Guide to Contemporary Dance Techniques

By Melanie Clarke

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ISBN: 9781785006999
PUBLISHED: 13/02/2020
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 116 colour photographs, 6 b&w and 2 colour diagrams

The Essential Guide to Contemporary Dance Techniques explores the multifaceted learning processes and underlying principles behind the technical skills and abilities of a contemporary dancer. The depth and complexity of this challenging sensorial, intellectual, reflective and creative process is presented with clarity, to support every training dancer in achieving the most from their learning experiences. Insights into three major technical forms: Graham technique, Cunningham technique and Release-based technique, reveal the distinct approaches, processes and experiences possible in contemporary dance training. Essential technical and performance considerations are covered:


  • Breath
  • Alignment
  • Core activation
  • Connectivity
  • Dynamic qualities of motion
  • Use of the body
  • Use of space
  • Action
  • Relationships to the audience

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" There is a leanness and economy in the writing of The Essential Guide to Contemporary Dance Techniques which makes it pleasurable to read. The technical lexicons of each technique and of Laban are well explained. Dancers, students and dance teachers alike will find much to enjoy and use in this manual. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Dance Informa

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