The Encyclopedia Of World Folk Dance by Mary Ellen SnodgrassThe Encyclopedia Of World Folk Dance by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

The Encyclopedia Of World Folk Dance

byMary Ellen Snodgrass

Hardcover | August 8, 2016

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While there are books about folk dances from individual countries or regions, there isn't a single comprehensive book on folk dances across the globe. This illustrated compendium offers the student, teacher, choreographer, historian, media critic, ethnographer, and general reader an overview of the evolution and social and religious significance of folk dance. The Encyclopedia of World Folk Dance focuses on the uniqueness of kinetic performance and its contribution to the study and appreciation of rhythmic expression around the globe. Following a chronology of momentous events dating from prehistory to the present day, the entries in this volume include material on technical terms, character roles, and specific dances. The entries also summarize the historical and ethnic milieu of each style and execution, highlighting, among other elements, such features as:·origins·purpose·rituals and traditions·props·dress·holidays·themes
Mary Ellen Snodgrass taught high school and university classes for 23 years and served as a state humanities lecturer and member of the NC Library Commission. She is the author of several works of award-winning reference volumes including Japan vs. U.S.A. (1993), Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature (2006), Encyclopedia of Utopian Liter...
Title:The Encyclopedia Of World Folk DanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 10.37 × 7.32 × 1.29 inPublished:August 8, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442257482

ISBN - 13:9781442257481

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Snodgrass examines 'the placement of folk dances within world history' in this useful reference. Each entry cites its source(s) at the end. Some summaries place folk dance within a subject, as in 'Art, Folk Dance In' or 'Film, Folk Dance In.' Examples of dances mentioned include the czardas, the mazurka, the polonaise, the Highland fling, and the hula as well as Native American dances such as the sun dance and the ghost dance. There are general entries ('Greek Dance'; 'Jewish Dance'), along with more intriguing ones (e.g., 'Dragon Dance'; 'Parasol Dance'). Rituals-coming-of-age, nuptials-are covered as well. Shamanic dance, worship dance, and sacrificial dance give yet additional perspectives on movement as ceremony. This resource is noteworthy for its interweaving of dances with information on their respective countries/cultures and their purposes and meanings. Students doing reports will benefit from the helpful bibliography, which separates primary and secondary sources, and from the glossary and chronology. Color and black-and-white photographs provide examples. Often one has to research a country to find out more about its traditions, but this book offers an overview that is subject specific, making it a strong option for those seeking folk dance materials. Verdict: An excellent introduction for anyone looking for information on world folk dance and its terminology.