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2023 NDEO Scholar's Corner

Visit our Scholar’s Corner book display next to the NDEO Registration desk in Centennial Foyer to learn more about each of these books: Friday, September 29 & Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM MST Also, be sure to check out these books on our Conference App. To purchase, click on the title of the book!

“YOU, THE CHOREOGRAPHER, Creating and Crafting Dance”-  Vladimir Angelov

"YOU, THE CHOREOGRAPHER" offers a synthesis of histories, theories, philosophies, and creative practices across diverse genres of concert dance choreography. Through a review of major milestones in the field, including contributions to choreography from the humanities, arts, and modern sciences, readers will gain new perspectives on the historical development of choreography. This book is designed for readers at every stage of creative development who seek to refine their artistic sensibility.
For learners and educators, it is a textbook. For emerging artists, it is a professional development tool and a handbook. For established professionals, it is a companion book that reinvigorates inspiration.  To all readers, it is a guidebook that offers a cumulative, systematic understanding of the art of dance-making, with a wealth of cross-disciplinary references to establish a dynamic map of various creative practices in choreography.

This text aims to initiate a new discipline in the dance field similar to music theory in the music field —theory of choreography—and serve as a key intellectual instrument in the artistic work of all types of dance creators.



“The Embodied Teen: A Somatic Curriculum for Teaching Body-Mind Awareness, Kinesthetic Intelligence, and Social and Emotional Skills” - Susan Bauer

The first book to offer a somatic movement education curriculum adapted to the unique needs of adolescents.

Susan Bauer presents a pioneering introductory, student-centered program in somatic movement education. Designed for dance educators, therapists, counselors, and movement practitioners, The Embodied Teen offers 50 activities in somatic movement education, along with concrete pedagogy tips and engaging anecdotes drawn from her decades of working with youth in the US and abroad.

The curriculum teaches teens how to integrate body and mind, enhance their kinesthetic intelligence, and develop the inner resilience they need to thrive, now and into adulthood. Students learn the basics of anatomy and physiology, and unlearn self-defeating habits that impact body image and self-esteem. By examining their cultural perceptions, they discover their body prejudices, helping them to both respect diversity and gain compassion for themselves and others. Concise and accessible, the lessons presented in this book will empower teens as they navigate the volatile physical and emotional challenges of this vibrant, powerful stage of life.



 “Alice and Pops: Tap! Tap! Tap!” - Karen Campbell Kuebler

Inspired by the HERstory of Alice Whitman (1900-1969) and her son Pops Whitman (1916-1950), this rhythmic story will have readers tapping their feet, learning some dance history, and meeting new friends. Alice danced in her family company so she was able to do tap dance solos and hoofer style tapping. In all the other companies, women could only perform with a chorus line and did not do the hoofer style. Alice passed her tapping talent to her son Pops Whitman who started performing solos at age four and was the first tap dancer to include acrobatics in addition to the rhythms of the feet. Other than a few outside performances, Alice remained with the family company for thirty years. Pops left the family company at seventeen with Louis Williams. Pops and Louis toured America and Europe for over twenty years. Both Alice and Pops need their dancing stories to be told so other children are inspired to move to the beat and share their unique dancing stories.






“Cakewalking with Queen Aida” - Karen Campbell Kuebler

Explore the foot-shuffling, high-kicking, leg-marching Cakewalk Dance with the Queen of the Cakewalk: Aida Overton Walker. She started dancing as a child at her local dance studio in New York City and grew up to share her dancing and choreographic talents by touring around America and Europe from the 1890s through 1914. Walker's performances were described as theatrical, artistic, and refined. Connect with the past, learn some American history, and have fun with Queen Aida and the Cakewalk!









 “Dance Appreciation” - Amanda Clark

Dance Appreciation is an exciting exploration of how to understand and think about dance in all of its various contexts. This book unfolds a brief history of dance with engaging insight into the social, cultural, aesthetic, and kinetic aspects of various forms of dance. Dedicated chapters cover ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance, complete with summaries, charts, timelines, discussion questions, movement prompts, and an online companion website all designed to foster awareness of and appreciation for dance in a variety of contexts. This wealth of resources helps to uncover the fascinating history that makes this art form so diverse and entertaining, and to answer the questions of why we dance and how we dance. Written for the novice dancer as well as the more experienced dance student, Dance Appreciation enables readers to learn and think critically about dance as a form of entertainment and art.








Dancing Motherhood” - Ali Duffy

Dancing Motherhood explores how unique factors about the dance profession impact pregnant women and mothers working in it. Ali Duffy introduces the book by laying a foundation of social and cultural histories and systemic structures and power that shape the issues mothers in dance negotiate today. This book then reveals perspectives from mothers in dance working in areas such as performance, choreography, dance education, administration, and advocacy though survey and interview data. Based on participant responses, recommendations for changes in policy, hiring, evaluation, workplace environment, and other professional and personal practices to better support working mothers in dance are highlighted. Finally, essays from eight working mothers in dance offer intimate, personal stories and guidance geared to mothers, future mothers, policymakers, and colleagues and supervisors of mothers in the dance field. By describing lived experiences and offering suggestions for improved working conditions and advocacy, this book initiates expanded discussion about women in dance and promotes change to positively impact dancing mothers, their employers, and the dance field.





Careers in Dance: Practical and Strategic Guidance from the Field”  - Ali Duffy

Careers in Dance is a master guide that will help students navigate the expanding opportunities in dance and familiarize current professionals with potential career choices that best align with their pursuits and strengths. This highly practical text offers a wealth of information on career options in a variety of settings and with a variety of focuses, including commercial ventures, scholarly pursuits, administrative avenues, medical and scientific settings, and interdisciplinary opportunities. Readers are guided in discovering their deepest interests and learning how to translate their unique strengths into rich and fulfilling careers.

In keeping with recent trends in higher education dance programs, Careers in Dance spotlights entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities for dancers, delving into an array of options and offering much-needed advice. The book covers some of the social and cultural influences that affect success in the field, and it explores various career opportunities:
K-12 and postsecondary dance education
Dance studios
Performance, choreography, and production
Dance research, analytical writing, and journalism
Dance administration and advocacy
Dance science, therapy, and medical and somatic practices
Private competition companies
Technical theater and related areas
The text also helps readers understand the connections between dance and other disciplines. For example, it details the interdisciplinary opportunities involving technology, technical theater, and media. It also notes the possibilities for continued education in graduate school programs and suggests approaches to acclimating to life as a working professional.

Careers in Dance offers two recurring elements throughout the book:
Profiles of, and interviews with, esteemed professional dancers, revealing their real-world experiences and affording insights into different dance careers;
and reflection prompts that encourage self-reflection and prepare readers to seek career development and career advancement opportunities. 
This text explores the opportunities dance students and professionals can pursue, helps them pinpoint their areas of interest and strengths, and equips them to create their unique paths to a fulfilling career in dance. In doing so, Careers in Dance provides the advice and strategies dancers need to actualize their own destinies in dance.

“Be the Dance Teacher They Remember: From Dancing to Teaching, Classical Ballet Pedagogy in Practice” - Candace Egbert

Candace Egbert’s Be the Dance Teacher They Remember is a friendly and practical addition to the canon of dance education that is long overdue– a modern companion to guides like Classical Ballet Technique by Gretchen W. Warren. It closes the gap between dancing and dance instruction with actionable advice for new teachers, real-world stories, and creative methods for teaching ballet technique to learners.

Most books on ballet technique and dance pedagogy were published decades ago.  Be the Dance Teacher They Remember offers an updated and holistic perspective that addresses the question of new and veteran dance teachers alike:

Does knowing how to dance mean that I know how to teach?



Be the Dance Teacher They Remember is a book for the dance teacher who wants:

to inspire

to feel seen and validated

to be loved by their students

practical advice and classroom tips

a source of relevant, updated information and best-practices

While technical manuals such as the Gail Grant Dictionary and other dance reference books address the WHAT of classical dancing, this book also addresses the HOW and WHY. Be the Dance Teacher They Remember contains practical knowledge on how to step into dance teaching with confidence from how to establish good rapport to activities for visualization and engagement. Truly one of a kind, this book will help you connect the dots between mastering the art of ballet and being the teacher your students remember.

“Be the Dance Teacher They Remember is a game-changer for ballet teachers. I’ve always felt like there was a giant hole between where dance training ended and a teaching career began. This book explains exactly how to take ballet technique and make it accessible and interesting for students. Truly, this book is for every dance teacher.”
–Natalie Johnson, dancer and licensed educator
Covering a range of topics from the physics of ballet to classroom management techniques,  Be the Dance Teacher They Remember is the ideal guide for teachers just starting out, or those who want to rejuvenate their teaching.

Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches - Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver

Editors Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver have assembled an array of seasoned practitioners and scholars who trace the numerous histories of jazz dance and examine various aspects of the field, including trends, influences, training, race, aesthetics, international appeal, and its relationship to tap, rock, indie, black concert dance, and Latin dance.Editors Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver have assembled an array of seasoned practitioners and scholars who trace the numerous histories of jazz dance and examine various aspects of the field, including trends, influences, training, race, aesthetics, international appeal, and its relationship to tap, rock, indie, black concert dance, and Latin dance.

Rooted Jazz Dance:  Africanists Aesthetics and Equity in the Twenty--First Century  - Lindsay Guarino, Carlos R.A. Jones,  and Wendy Oliver

An African American art form, jazz dance has an inaccurate historical narrative that often sets Euro-American aesthetics and values at the inception of the jazz dance genealogy. The roots were systemically erased and remain widely marginalized and untaught, and the devaluation of its Africanist origins and lineage has largely gone unchallenged. Decolonizing contemporary jazz dance practice, this book examines the state of jazz dance theory, pedagogy, and choreography in the twenty-first century, recovering and affirming the lifeblood of jazz in Africanist aesthetics and Black American culture.            
Rooted Jazz Dance brings together jazz dance scholars, practitioners, choreographers, and educators from across the United States and Canada with the goal of changing the course of practice in future generations. Contributors delve into the Africanist elements within jazz dance and discuss the role of Whiteness, including Eurocentric technique and ideology, in marginalizing African American vernacular dance, which has resulted in the prominence of Eurocentric jazz styles and the systemic erosion of the roots. These chapters offer strategies for teaching rooted jazz dance, examples for changing dance curricula, and artist perspectives on choreographing and performing jazz. Above all, they emphasize the importance of centering Africanist and African American principles, aesthetics, and values.            
Arguing that the history of jazz dance is closely tied to the history of racism in the United States, these essays challenge a century of misappropriation and lean into difficult conversations of reparations for jazz dance. This volume overcomes a major roadblock to racial justice in the dance field by amplifying the people and culture responsible for the jazz language.

 “Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters” - Petra Kuppers

Modeling a disability culture perspective on performance practice toward socially just futures
In Eco Soma, Petra Kuppers asks readers to be alert to their own embodied responses to art practice and to pay attention to themselves as active participants in a shared sociocultural world. Reading contemporary performance encounters and artful engagements, this book models a disability culture sensitivity to living in a shared world, oriented toward more socially just futures.








“Skin Colored Pointes: Interviews With Women of Color in Ballet” - Nyama McCarthy-Brown.

Skin Colored Pointes shares primary source interviews detailing the experiences of a select group of WOC working in ballet. Through oral history interviews, women who self-identify as African American, Latina, and Asian, as well as two dancers from Latin America dancing in South Africa, share their stories—their “pointes” of view. Skin Colored Pointes is the only book that shares excerpts of oral history interviews with numerous women from different parts of the world who held ballet careers during different time periods. Some of these women share their stories of confronting racism while others minimize racism as a barrier—refusing to give power to the system. Many of the dancers provide encouragement as well as explicit advice to the younger dancers of the world. The experiences shared in this text defy stereotypes, inspire humanity, and insist on a revised history that includes their stories. 







 "Milestones in Dance in the USA" - Elizabeth McPherson

Embracing dramatic similarities, glaring disjunctions, and striking innovations, this book explores the history and context of dance on the land we know today as the United States of America.

Designed for weekly use in dance history courses, it traces dance in the USA as it broke traditional forms, crossed genres, provoked social and political change, and drove cultural exchange and collision. The authors put a particular focus on those whose voices have been silenced, unacknowledged, and/or uncredited – exploring racial prejudice and injustice, intersectional feminism, protest movements, and economic conditions, as well as demonstrating how socio-political issues and movements affect and are affected by dance. In looking at concert dance, vernacular dance, ritual dance, and the convergence of these forms, the chapters acknowledge the richness of dance in today’s USA and the strong foundations on which it stands.







“Thinking with the Dancing Brain: Embodying Neuroscience” -  Sandra Minton

As seasoned dancers and dance educators, Minton and Faber
approach brain function from inside the body as embodiment of
thought. Their collection of neurological research about the thought
processes in learning and performing dance encompasses a vision of
dance as creative art, communication, education, and life. The book
informs neuroscientists, educators, and dancers about the complex
interdependence of brain localities and networking of human
neurology through an integration of physiology, cognition, and the
art of dance. Chapters address observation, engagement, critical
thought, emotion, memory, imagery and imagination, learning,
problem solving, and 21st century skills.





“Rechoreographing Learning: Dance as a Way to Bridge the Mind-Body Divide in Education” - Sandra Minton

The book addresses the mind-body divide as it relates to human movement and dance. The content includes a description of the often-forgotten kinesthetic sense, body awareness, somatic practices, body-based thinking, mental imagery, nonverbal communication, human empathy, symbol systems, what occurs in the brain during learning and why and how movement and dance should be part of school curricula. This book argues that becoming more aware of bodily sensations serves as a basis for knowing, communicating, learning, and teaching through movement and dance. The book should be of interest to scholars and students interested in teaching methodology and for courses in physical education, dance and education. 








“Masculinity, Intersectionality and Identity: Why Boys (Don't) Dance” - Doug Risner and Beccy Watson

This volume, international and innovative in scope, examines and analyzes the dynamic tensions between masculinity and dance. Introducing a lens of intersectionality, the book’s content examines why, despite burgeoning popular and contemporary representations of a normalization of dancing masculinities, some boys don’t dance and why many of those who do, struggle to stay involved. Prominent themes of identity, masculinity, and intersectionality weave throughout the book’s conceptual framework including the following sections: Education, Schooling masculinity in dance education; Culture, Gendering dance participation, pedagogy and performance; and Identity, Moving identities in dancing bodies. Incorporating empirical studies, qualitative inquiry, and reflexive accounts, Lead editor and author, Doug Risner and co-editor, Beccy Watson have assembled an incomparable volume of original chapters from established scholars and emerging voices to inform the future direction of interdisciplinary dance scholarship and dance education research. The book’s scope spans several related disciplines including gender studies, queer studies, cultural studies, social foundations of education, performance studies, and sociology. The volume will appeal to dancers, educators, researchers, scholars, students, parents, and caregivers of boys who dance. Accessible at multiple levels, the content is relevant for undergraduate students across dance, dance education, and movement science, and graduate students forging new analyses of dance, pedagogy, gender theory, and teaching praxis.

“Dancing Across the Lifespan: Negotiating Age, Place and Purpose” - Doug Risner, Pam Musil, Karen Schupp

“Functional Awareness Anatomy in Action for Dancers Second Edition”  -  Nancy and Allegra Romita  

Functional Awareness Anatomy in Action for Dancers Second edition is an accessible owner's guide to the body to enhance understanding of anatomy and movement function, develop practices for self-care, and improve dance skills. The book uses stories when introducing foundational information about anatomy and motor learning to guide the reader toward a deeper understanding of their personal body structure. The movement explorations throughout each chapter contain anatomical visualizations and tactile cueing strategies to improve dance skills and provide lifelong tools for dancer wellness. Each chapter provides essentials in functional anatomy with over 60 beautiful illustrations to buoy the reader through the content. Finally, each chapter supplies the reader with mindful practices to support wellness and self-care in daily life.
Features included in this second edition:
• New research in motor learning and integrative anatomy
• New chapters examining ankle, foot, and knee issues in dance training
• New approaches for addressing hypermobility in dance training
New Functional Awareness® reflective practices for classroom and personal 


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