The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training

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Melanie Bales, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol
University of Illinois Press, 2008 - Performing Arts - 264 pages
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This rich collection of essays and interviews explores modern-dance technique training from the last fifty years. Focusing on the culture of dance, editors Melanie Bales and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol examine choreographic process and style, dancer agency and participation in the creative process, and changes in the role and purpose of training. Bringing recent writings on dance into dialogue with dance practice, The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training asks readers to consider the relationship between training practices and choreographic style and content. The contributors explore how technique training both guides and reflects the art of dance.

Contributors include Melanie Bales, Glenna Batson, Wendell Beavers, Veronica Dittman, Natalie Gilbert, Joshua Monten, Martha Myers, and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol.

Dance professionals interviewed include David Dorfman, Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller, Tere O’Connor, and Shelley Washington.

 

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Contents

bricolage
5
A New York Dancer
22
Training as the Medium Through Which
28
Something Old Something New
52
An Interview with
86
First It Was Dancing
101
ReLocating Technique
126
Teaching Alignment
134
Falling Releasing
153
Chris Aiken 170 Stephen Koester
215
Kathleen Fisher 184 Bebe Miller
224
Cynthia Oliver
231
Sara Hook 205 Kraig Patterson
240
Contributors
251
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Melanie Bales is an associate professor of dance at Ohio State University. An expert in Laban Movement Analysis, she is also a performer and choreographer. Rebecca Nettl-Fiol is an associate professor of dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a choreographer, and an Alexander Technique specialist.

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