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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life - Twyla Tharp
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life - Twyla Tharp

Conditioning for Dance
Conditioning for Dance

Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance
Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance

International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dancing

Dancing Through Time: Western Social Dance in Literature
Dancing Through Time: Western Social Dance in Literature

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Dance Educational Posters Index
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Dance "The body says what words cannot." Martha Graham, Poster
Dance -
“The body says
what words cannot.”
Martha Graham,

Dance refers to a form of non-verbal communication through movement of the body.

For humanity dance is a means of expression and happens in social, ceremonial / spiritual, and performance settings. Since movement doesn't leave direct evidence, the early history of dance is studied in the archeological artifacts of cave and tomb paintings. Music (a combination of sounds and rhythm) is an intimate companion of dance, the two probably birthed together.

• “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.” ~ John Dryden
• “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” ~ William James
• “I never taught people where to step on '2', because when I learned how to dance there was no '2'. We just danced to the music.” ~ Frankie Manning
• “I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
• “I tell you: one must have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.” ~ Nietzsche
• “I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.” ~ Nietzsche
• “The author's conviction on this day of the New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music. ” ~ Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading, Preface, 1934
• “I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star, and I dance.” ~ Arthur Rimbaud
• “Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” ~ Carl Sandburg 
• “Dancing: the vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
• “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” ~ William Butler Yeats

Ballet Essentials - 4 Educational Ballet Posters
Ballet Essentials -

Position It Perfect, 5 Pc. Set Dance Posters
Position It Perfect,
5 Pc. Set
Dance Posters

Set of 4 posters: Positions, Arabesques, Body Facings, Ballet History. 12" x 18".

Set of 5 traditional French technique ballet positions posters. 22" x 28", laminated.

Ballet Positions Poster
Ballet Positions

A Chorus Line, Mini Poster
Shiva Nataraja, Giclee Print

Nataraja is the dancing posture of the Hindu god Shiva in his divine dance of creation and destruction. Most often depicted through a bronze statue, Nataraja shows Shiva dancing in a circle of flames over a figure who symbolizes ignorance.

India posters

St. Vitus' Dance, Giclee Print
St. Vitus' Dance, Giclee Print

Saint Vitus is the patron saint of dance. Sydenham's chorea

On Their Feet at Dance Marathon, Art Print
On Their Feet at Dance Marathon, Art Print

Dance Marathons, or dance endurance contests, started as a fad in the 1920s and 1930s, as a means to win monetary prizes and become famous.

America-Great Depression
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? VHS

The Singing Butler Art Print
The Singing Butler
Art Print

The Singing Butler

A Chorus Line, Mini Poster
A Chorus Line,
Mini Poster

A musical is a theatre work in which song, dance, and music are interspersed with spoken dialogue and are integral to the plot and structure of the play.

A Chorus Line is a musical inside a musical. The story gives a glimpse into the personalities and life events of the hopeful-to-be-cast dance auditioners for the big chance at Broadway.

A Chorus Line opened in 1975 for over 6,000 performances and is the 3rd longest running show after Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. It is also won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama among numerous Tony Awards.

The choreographer (Latin: dance + writer) was the director Michael Bennett and Bob Avian, the music was by composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Rudolf Laban: An Extraordinary Life
Rudolf Laban: An Extraordinary Life

(no commercially available image.)

Rudolf Laban
b. 1879; Austro-Hungary
d. 1958

Rudolf Laban was a visionary, mystic, lover, leader, dancer, artist, teacher, and theorist. This is the story of his extraordinary life, a life intimately bound up with the political, social and cultural upheavals that formed the turbulent backdrop of modern Europe.

He witnessed the dissolution of the old order and was caught up in the rise of Nazism from which he was eventually forced to flee to Britain. He made his lasting impact in movement and dance, uncovering the interconnectedness of the body and the psyche, the individual and the group; and he devised a revolutionary method of movement notation that continues its use and influence today. His ideas have generated innovations, not just in dance, but also in acting and performance, in the study of nonverbal communication, in ergonomics, in educational theory and child development, in personality assessment and psychotherapy. This book tells the story of his life of idealism, disillusion and determination.

Cecil James Sharp, Musician and Author Especially Associated with Folk Songs and Dances, Giclee Print
Cecil James Sharp, Giclee Print

Cecil James Sharp
b. 11-22-1859; London
d. 6-23-1924

Cecil James Sharp, a musician and composer, documented the traditional English folk songs and dances in the early 20th century. He and Maud Karpeles (1885-1976) also traveled to remote areas of the southern Appalachian Mountains to document folk music brought by early English and Scottish settlers; Karpeles later visited Newfoundland for the same purpose.

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