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The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies

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The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies brings together leading international dance scholars in this single collection to provide a vivid picture of the state of contemporary dance research

The book commences with an introduction that privileges dancing as both a site of knowledge formation and a methodological approach, followed by a provocative overview of the methods and problems that dance studies currently faces as an established disciplinary field

The volume contains eleven core chapters that each map out a specific area of inquiry:

Dance Pedagogy

Practice-As-Research

Dance and Politics

Dance and Identity

Dance Science

Screendance

Dance Ethnography

Popular Dance,

Dance History

Dance and Philosophy

Digital Dance

Although these sub-disciplinary domains do not fully capture the dynamic ways in which dance scholars work across multiple positions and perspectives, they reflect the major interests and innovations around which dance studies has organized its teaching and research

Therefore each author speaks to the labels, methods, issues and histories of each given category, while also exemplifying this scholarship in action

The dances under investigation range from experimental conceptual concert dance through to underground street dance practices, and the geographic reach encompasses dance-making from Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia

The book ends with a chapter that looks ahead to new directions in dance scholarship, in addition to an annotated bibliography and list of key concepts

The volume is an essential guide for students and scholars interested in the creative and critical approaches that dance studies can offer

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Acknolwedgments

1. Introduction

Sherril Dodds (Temple University, USA)

2. Research Methods and Problems

Rachel Fensham (Melbourne University, Australia)

Current Research and Issues

3. Dance Pedagogy
Edward C. Warburton (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
4. Practice-As-Research
Vida Midgelow (Middlesex University, UK)
5. Dance and Politics
Juan Ignacio Vallejos (National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, Argentina.)
6. Dance and Identity
Prarthana Purkayastha (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)
7. Dance Science
Emma Redding (Trinity Laban, UK)
8. Screendance
Harmony Bench (The Ohio State university, USA)
9. Dance Ethnography
Yvonne Daniel (Smith College, USA)
10. Popular Dance
Sherril Dodds (Temple University, USA)
11. Dance History
Susan Manning (Northwestern University, USA)
12. Dance and Philosophy
Anna Pakes (Roehampton University, UK)
13. Digital Dance
Hetty Blades (Coventry University, USA) and Sarah Whatley (Coventry University, USA)
14. New Directions
Mark Franko (Temple University, USA)
15. Annotated Bibliography
Elizabeth Bergman (Temple University, USA)
16. A to Z of Key Concepts in Dance Studies
Lise Uytterhoeven (London Studio Centre, UK)

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