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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The encyclopaedia begins with a chronology, before 347 pages on an alphabetical series of subjects ranging from nationalities to dance form (e.g. veiled dance, clogging or branle), taking in other topics as wide-ranging as censorship and ceilidhs. A brief appendix lists national and state dances, alphabetically by dance rather than by nation. This is followed by a four-page glossary of necessary terms that might be unfamiliar to the average enquirer, such as 'bel canto' - a singing style - or the act of 'reverence' made to spectators at the end of certain dances. There is an eight-page bibliography divided into primary and secondary sources: books, journals and electronic sources; the vast majority of the secondary sources were published in the past 15 years. A very detailed index finishes off the book. Additionally, the book is well-supplied with both black and white and eye-catching colour illustrations.. The book is undoubtedly of value.