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Why do we dance? - Band 10+/White Plus (Paperback): Ali Freers Why do we dance? - Band 10+/White Plus (Paperback)
Ali Freers; Contributions by Collins Big Cat
R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available. Can you decode some top moves? In this book, you'll learn all about the fun, awe-inspiring and sometimes surprising world of dance! Get ready to use your brilliant skills of observation to work out the meaning of fascinating dances from around the world. White Plus/Band 10+ books provide challenging plots and vocabulary as well as opportunities to practise inference, prediction and reading stamina. Pages 46 and 47 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

WALTZING ON RAINBOWS (Paperback): Stacey George WALTZING ON RAINBOWS (Paperback)
Stacey George
R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book tells the story of Vicky and Anthony and life in the glamorous world of ballroom dancing. All proceeds from sales will go to a homeless charity.

Built for Ballet (Hardcover): Leanne Benjamin Built for Ballet (Hardcover)
Leanne Benjamin
R774 R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Save R158 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This autobiography by Leanne Benjamin with Sarah Crompton reveals the extraordinary life and career of one of the worlds most important ballet dancers of the past fifty years. The book takes you behind the scenes to find a real understanding of the pleasure and the pain, the demands and the intense commitment it requires to become a ballet dancer. It is a book for ballet-lovers which will explain from Benjamins personal point of view, how ballet has changed and is changing. It is a book of history: she was first taught by the people who created ballet in its modern form and now she works with the dancers of today, handing on all she has known and learnt. But it is also a book for people who are just interested in the psychology of achievement, how you go from being a child in small-town Rockhampton in the centre of Australia to being a power on the worlds biggest stages -- and how an individual copes with the ups and downs of that kind of career. It is a story full of big names and big personalities -- Margot Fonteyn, Kenneth MacMillan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta to name a few. President Clinton, Michelle Obama, Diana Princess of Wales and David Beckham all make an appearance. But it is also a book of small moments of insight: what makes a performance special, how you recover from injury, illness and childbirth; how you combine athletic and artistic prowess with motherhood, how a different partner can alter everything, what it is like to fall over in front of thousands of people and what it is like to triumph. Above all, it seeks to explain, in warm and human terms, why women get the reputation for being difficult in a world where being a good girl is too much prized. And what they can do about it.

Backstory (Hardcover): Avani Gregg Backstory (Hardcover)
Avani Gregg
R352 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this funny, vulnerable, and all-too-real memoir, award-winning content creator and actress Avani Gregg takes you behind the scenes of her incredible life, sharing how a girl from small-town Indiana went on to become TikToker of the Year. With more than 55 million followers on social media; invitations to glamorous events around the world; awards, magazine covers, and even her own makeup line - Avani Gregg never imagined this wild ride for herself. After all, she was just from a small town, spending her time hanging with friends and family and combing thrift-store racks for finds. It only took one video - her famous 'Clown Girl Check' - and she suddenly found herself vibing as one of the original Hype House creators. 'People think I exploded overnight,' the eighteen-year-old TikTok sensation says. 'But they don't know the half of it. They don't know what came before or after. They don't know my Backstory.' In this eye-opening memoir, Avani shares the ups and down of her remarkable life, including the devastating back injury that forced her to retire from gymnastics and abandon her dreams of Olympic gold. In the aftermath, struggling to make sense of it all, she found her calling: creating jaw-droppingly dramatic make-up looks on social media that leave her 'Bebs' begging for more. Diving deep into topics like mental health, relationships, bullying and more, Avani shares her private sketchbook and most intimate thoughts: 'There's a lot we all think and feel but are afraid to say out loud. Well, I'm saying it...and it's gonna get deep.' This is the unfiltered, revealing and deeply inspiring Backstory of someone with big dreams and how she worked to achieve them. And Avani is not holding back.

Pepsi & Shirlie - It's All in Black and White - Wham! Life and Friendship (Hardcover): Pepsi Demacque-Crockett, Shirlie... Pepsi & Shirlie - It's All in Black and White - Wham! Life and Friendship (Hardcover)
Pepsi Demacque-Crockett, Shirlie Kemp
R466 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R87 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

London. Wham! Pop, glitz and glamour. And two girls with stars in their eyes. Our friendship began one windy day in 1982, outside Finsbury Park tube. It was an instant like at first sight. We were on our way to a Wham! rehearsal. Pepsi was the new girl in the band and over a car stereo, a cassette tape and that journey to Bushey we bonded. We had no idea that we were on the first of many journeys together and that soon we'd be travelling all over Europe, Australia, America, China and Japan. Or that no matter where we went, together, we'd find a way to make every exotic destination feel like home. We'd both been teenagers during the seventies - a dreary and difficult decade, especially if you were young in London and you didn't have much money. So, in 1982, anything was possible for us - a pair of twentysomethings who hadn't been to university, who didn't have any money, who dreamt of singing and dancing, but ultimately lived for fun. Everything felt new and life was a question mark. We had no idea what was lying ahead, but we wanted to say yes. What we didn't know was that we were saying yes to a lifetime of connection that has endured whatever we've done, wherever we've been. From the side of the stage to its centre - we have many stories to tell. And it's all here, it's all in black and white.

Swan Dive - The Making of a Rogue Ballerina (Hardcover): Georgina Pazcoguin Swan Dive - The Making of a Rogue Ballerina (Hardcover)
Georgina Pazcoguin
R504 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Award-winning New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin, aka the Rogue Ballerina, gives readers a backstage tour of the real world of elite ballet - the gritty, hilarious, sometimes shocking truth you don't see from the orchestra circle. In this love letter to the art of dance and the sport that has been her livelihood, NYCB's first Asian American female soloist Georgina Pazcoguin lays bare her unfiltered story of leaving small-town Pennsylvania for New York City and training amid the unique demands of being a hybrid professional athlete/artist, all before finishing high school. She pitches us into the fascinating, whirling shoes of dancers in one of the most revered ballet companies in the world with an unapologetic sense of humour about the cutthroat, survival-of-the-fittest mentality at NYCB. Some swan dives are literal: even in the ballet, there are plenty of face-plants, backstage fights, late-night parties, and raucous company bonding sessions. Rocked by scandal in the wake of the #MeToo movement, NYCB sits at an inflection point, inching toward progress in a strictly traditional culture, and Pazcoguin doesn't shy away from ballet's dark side. She continues to be one of the few dancers openly speaking up against the sexual harassment, mental abuse, and racism that in the past went unrecognized or was tacitly accepted as par for the course - all of which she has painfully experienced firsthand. Tying together Pazcoguin's fight for equality in the ballet with her infectious and deeply moving passion for her craft, Swan Dive is a page-turning, one-of-a-kind account that guarantees you'll never view a ballerina or a ballet the same way again.

Trouble in a Tutu (Paperback): Helen Lipscombe Trouble in a Tutu (Paperback)
Helen Lipscombe
R177 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R19 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Ballet Shoes meets Murder Most Unladylike in the second Swan House Ballet Mystery! Milly, her mum and her glamorous babushka head to the Nutcracker for a Christmas treat - but instead their evening ends in disaster. A dangerous trickster who calls himself 'the Mouse King' is playing a deadly game with Swan House, the ballet school for spies. As Milly navigates her second term, she starts to suspect there is more to the new Head of Ballet and his perfect daughter than meets the eye ... but will she let jealousy cloud her judgement? The stunning sequel to the critically-acclaimed Peril en Pointe. An action-packed ballet-spy mystery Wonderful ensemble cast, sharp dialogue and plenty of humour. Themes of friendship, rivalry, jealousy and confidence.

Out Loud - A Memoir (Paperback): Mark Morris, Wesley Stace Out Loud - A Memoir (Paperback)
Mark Morris, Wesley Stace
R398 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R55 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the most brilliant and audacious choreographer of our time, the exuberant tale of a young dancer's rise to the pinnacle of the performing arts world, and the triumphs and perils of creating work on his own terms-and staying true to himself Before Mark Morris became "the most successful and influential choreographer alive" (The New York Times), he was a six year-old in Seattle cramming his feet into Tupperware glasses so that he could practice walking on pointe. Often the only boy in the dance studio, he was called a sissy, a term he wore like a badge of honor. He was unlike anyone else, deeply gifted and spirited. Moving to New York at nineteen, he arrived to one of the great booms of dance in America. Audiences in 1976 had the luxury of Merce Cunningham's finest experiments with time and space, of Twyla Tharp's virtuosity, and Lucinda Childs's genius. Morris was flat broke but found a group of likeminded artists that danced together, travelled together, slept together. No one wanted to break the spell or miss a thing, because "if you missed anything, you missed everything." This collective, led by Morris's fiercely original vision, became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group. Suddenly, Morris was making a fast ascent. Celebrated by The New Yorker's critic as one of the great young talents, an androgynous beauty in the vein of Michelangelo's David, he and his company had arrived. Collaborations with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Lou Harrison, and Howard Hodgkin followed. And so did controversy: from the circus of his tenure at La Monnaie in Belgium to his work on the biggest flop in Broadway history. But through the Reagan-Bush era, the worst of the AIDS epidemic, through rehearsal squabbles and backstage intrigues, Morris emerged as one of the great visionaries of modern dance, a force of nature with a dedication to beauty and a love of the body, an artist as joyful as he is provocative. Out Loud is the bighearted and outspoken story of a man as formidable on the page as he is on the boards. With unusual candor and disarming wit, Morris's memoir captures the life of a performer who broke the mold, a brilliant maverick who found his home in the collective and liberating world of music and dance.

The Royal Ballet in 2020 - 2019 / 2020 (Paperback, Illustrated edition): Royal Opera House The Royal Ballet in 2020 - 2019 / 2020 (Paperback, Illustrated edition)
Royal Opera House
R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In March 2020, Liam Scarlett's production of Swan Lake opened at the Royal Opera House, beginning its anticipated 3-month run. That same month, the UK government ordered theatres and arts centres across the country to close immediately as the COVID-19 pandemic starting its fast and destructive spread around the world. At the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet Company were furloughed and training programmes quickly set up virtually. Audiences who previously crowded into the venue were confined to their homes, with many switching their engagement to streamed digital performances live from the venue. This changed the audience experience significantly - not only because of the nature of the performance dramatically, but because it brought in new international audiences almost overnight. This book of photographs captures a period unlike any other, a journey that starts with the Company in "normal" times and develops into plans being made for a gradual in-person return to the Royal Opera House under strict COVID safety measures, such as mask-wearing, extensive COVID testing and artists working in "bubbles". Through a selection of striking photographs, the book showcases the remarkable resilience of the Royal Ballet throughout this year, a resilience that's shared by so many arts organisations affected equally dramatically by the pandemic. This Season in Pictures volume contains photographs of classic Royal Ballet productions, including Swan Lake, Coppelia and The Nutcracker, dancers engaged in community projects, socially distanced performances on the Royal Ballet stage, performances with totally empty auditoria and dancers in rehearsal wearing face masks.

A Dancer's Dream (Hardcover): Katherine Woodfine A Dancer's Dream (Hardcover)
Katherine Woodfine; Illustrated by Lizzy Stewart
R354 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R72 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This gorgeously designed retelling of The Nutcracker will make the perfect Christmas present for ballet fans everywhere! In snow white covered St. Petersburg, young dancer Stana's dreams have finally come true - she has been chosen to play the lead role in Tchaikovsky's new ballet, The Nutcracker. But with all eyes looking at her, can Stana overcome her nerves and dance like she's never danced before? From the author of the bestselling The Sinclair Mysteries, Katherine Woodfine, and Waterstone's Book Prize winner, Lizzy Stewart, this sumptuous and magical retelling of The Nutcracker will transport you on a journey fay beyond the page. Praise for Katherine Woodfine's The Sinclair's Mysteries series: 'A wonderful book, with a glorious heroine and a true spirit of adventure' Katherine Rundell, award-winning author of Rooftoppers 'Dastardliness on a big scale is uncovered in this well-plotted, evocative novel' The Sunday Times 'It's a dashing plot, an atmospheric setting and an extensive and imaginative cast. Katherine Woodfine handles it all with aplomb' The Guardian Praise for Lizzy Stewart's There's a Tiger in the Garden (Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, Illustrated Books Category): 'A journey of discovery' The Guardian 'A stunning testament to the power of imagination' Metro

URBAN BUSH WOMEN (Paperback): Nadine George-Graves URBAN BUSH WOMEN (Paperback)
Nadine George-Graves
R613 Discovery Miles 6 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Presents a comprehensive history of groundbreaking Brooklyn-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women since their founding in 1984. The author analyzes their complex work, drawing on interviews with current and former dancers and her own observation of and participation in Urban Bush Women rehearsals.|Explores the technique and social activism of the innovative dance group Urban Bush Women. Provocative, moving, powerful, explicit, strong, unapologetic. These are a few words that have been used to describe the groundbreaking Brooklyn-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women. Their unique aesthetic borrows from classical and contemporary dance techniques and theater characterization exercises, incorporates breath and vocalization, and employs space and movement to instill their performances with emotion and purpose. Urban Bush Women concerts are also deeply rooted in community activism, using socially conscious performances in places around the country- from the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and the Joyce, to community centers and school auditoriums- to inspire audience members to engage in neighborhood change and challenge stereotypes of gender, race, and class. Nadine George-Graves presents a comprehensive history of Urban Bush Women since their founding in 1984. She analyzes their complex work, drawing on interviews with current and former dancers and her own observation of and participation in Urban Bush Women rehearsals. This illustrated book captures the grace and power of the dancers in motion and provides an absorbing look at an innovative company that continues to raise the bar for socially conscious dance. "The author's long-term engagement with the company has given her unprecedented access to Urban Bush Women. This clearly contributes to her in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the company and of the choreographic processes that undergird Urban Bush Women concert pieces." -Sarah Davies Cordova, author of Paris Dances: Textual Choreographies in the Nineteenth-Century French Novel.

Aesthetic Dancing (Paperback): Emil Rath Aesthetic Dancing (Paperback)
Emil Rath
R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Dancing the Beautiful Wheel - A Guide to Rueda de Casino (Hardcover): Ian Smith Dancing the Beautiful Wheel - A Guide to Rueda de Casino (Hardcover)
Ian Smith
R536 Discovery Miles 5 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

For those just starting to take an interest in Rueda de Casino, this guide provides information on the dance, where it came from, how it works, how it varies, and a 'survival kit' of things to think about when you are learning, including teamwork, timing, and making sense of all those calls. For those learning to call, the guide covers the skills involved in being a Rueda caller, and provides pointers to help you think about choreography, sequencing moves, adding variety and fun, improvisation, switching between dance positions, keeping everything under control, and using hand signals in noisy environments. For experienced dancers and callers looking to extend their repertoire, well over 700 calls and variations are noted, relating to around 650 individual moves. Detailed descriptions and notes for each of these moves are included as an aide memoire, organised by dance position and similarity. All of the moves in the 'Norwegian Rueda Standard 2011' are included. Several less well known variations are described; Rueda dos parejas for 2 couples, Rueda linea dancing in a line, Rueda cruzada two interleaved Ruedas, Rueda llanta sets of 2 couples making one big circle and the challenging Rueda espejo mirror Rueda. If this still isn't enough variety the guide includes descriptions of some Rueda games you can have fun with at party time.

Technically Speaking (Paperback): Barry Gasson Technically Speaking (Paperback)
Barry Gasson
R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Technical books on ballroom dancing tell you what to do...But not how to do it. They will tell you where to go...But not how to get there. This book does! This book will not teach you to dance any more than CDs or DVDs will, but it will improve your knowledge, your skills and your enjoyment of dancing as it takes you through the basic steps and syllabus figures of the five Latin American dances, and advice on many ballroom figures. It tells you how to, so you can dance more comfortably with your partner.

Aesthetic Dancing (Paperback): Emil Rath Aesthetic Dancing (Paperback)
Emil Rath
R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Fifty Latin Dance Exercise (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed): David Pullinger, Youlie Mouzafiaro Fifty Latin Dance Exercise (Paperback, 2 Rev Ed)
David Pullinger, Youlie Mouzafiaro; As told to David Pullinger
R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book contains sets of exercises developed and refined over many years that will prove valuable for every dancer, teacher and coach. There is a description of each stage of an exercise along with illustrative photographs to make it easier to understand and achieve precise movement. A deep knowledge of the basic principles of poise and actions used in Latin dance helps bring out the unique features and characteristics of Rumba, Cha cha cha, Samba, Jive and Paso Doble. In addition there are sets of exercises covering five essential aspects common to several dances, including rotation, partner connection and the use of arms.

The Dance Cure - The Surprising Science to Being Smarter, Stronger, Happier (Hardcover): Peter Lovatt The Dance Cure - The Surprising Science to Being Smarter, Stronger, Happier (Hardcover)
Peter Lovatt
R474 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R74 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Chinese Theatre: An Illustrated History Through Nuoxi and Mulianxi (Book): Xiaohuan Zhao Chinese Theatre: An Illustrated History Through Nuoxi and Mulianxi (Book)
Xiaohuan Zhao
R4,970 Discovery Miles 49 700 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Chinese Theatre: An Illustrated History Through Nuoxi and Mulianxi is the first book in any language entirely devoted to a historical inquiry into Chinese theatre through Nuoxi and Mulianxi, the two most representative and predominant forms of Chinese temple theatre. This is an interdisciplinary book project that is aimed to help researchers and students of theatre history understand the ritual origins of Chinese theatre and the dynamic relationships among myth, ritual, religion, and theatre.

Billy Elliot (2020 reissue) (Paperback, 2nd edition): Melvin Burgess Billy Elliot (2020 reissue) (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Melvin Burgess 1
R179 R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Save R13 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Based on the screenplay of the renowned film and musical! Billy Elliot is growing up in a struggling coal-mining town in Yorkshire. His father wants him to learn to box, like he did, but Billy has other ideas. Encouraged in secret by a local teacher, he's determined to dance his way to a different future ...

Futures of Dance Studies (Hardcover): Susan Manning, Janice Ross, Rebecca Schneider Futures of Dance Studies (Hardcover)
Susan Manning, Janice Ross, Rebecca Schneider
R1,022 Discovery Miles 10 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collaboration between well-established and rising scholars, Futures of Dance Studies suggests multiple directions for new research in the field. Essays address dance in a wider range of contexts - onstage, on screen, in the studio, and on the street - and deploy methods from diverse disciplines. Engaging African American and African diasporic studies, Latinx and Latin American studies, gender and sexuality studies, and Asian American and Asian studies, this anthology demonstrates the relevance of dance analysis to adjacent fields.

Swan Dive - The Making of a Rogue Ballerina (Paperback): Georgina Pazcoguin Swan Dive - The Making of a Rogue Ballerina (Paperback)
Georgina Pazcoguin
R340 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R48 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Award-winning New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin, aka the Rogue Ballerina, gives readers a backstage tour of the real world of elite ballet - the gritty, hilarious, sometimes shocking truth you don't see from the orchestra circle. In this love letter to the art of dance and the sport that has been her livelihood, NYCB's first Asian American female soloist Georgina Pazcoguin lays bare her unfiltered story of leaving small-town Pennsylvania for New York City and training amid the unique demands of being a hybrid professional athlete/artist, all before finishing high school. She pitches us into the fascinating, whirling shoes of dancers in one of the most revered ballet companies in the world with an unapologetic sense of humour about the cutthroat, survival-of-the-fittest mentality at NYCB. Some swan dives are literal: even in the ballet, there are plenty of face-plants, backstage fights, late-night parties, and raucous company bonding sessions. Rocked by scandal in the wake of the #MeToo movement, NYCB sits at an inflection point, inching toward progress in a strictly traditional culture, and Pazcoguin doesn't shy away from ballet's dark side. She continues to be one of the few dancers openly speaking up against the sexual harassment, mental abuse, and racism that in the past went unrecognized or was tacitly accepted as par for the course - all of which she has painfully experienced firsthand. Tying together Pazcoguin's fight for equality in the ballet with her infectious and deeply moving passion for her craft, Swan Dive is a page-turning, one-of-a-kind account that guarantees you'll never view a ballerina or a ballet the same way again.

Researching Dance - Evolving Modes of Inquiry (Paperback): Sondra Horton Fraleigh, Penelope Hanstein Researching Dance - Evolving Modes of Inquiry (Paperback)
Sondra Horton Fraleigh, Penelope Hanstein
R929 Discovery Miles 9 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Researching Dance, an introduction to research methods in dance addressed primarily to graduate students, the editors explore dance as evolutional, defining it in view of its intrinsic participatory values, its developmental aspects, and its purposes from art to ritual, and they examine the role of theory in research. The editors have also included essays by nine dancer-scholars who examine qualitative and quantitative inquiry and delineate the most common approaches for investigating dance, raising concerns about philosophy and aesthetics, historical scholarship, movement analysis, sexual and gender identification, cultural diversity, and the resources available to students. The writers have included study questions, research exercises, and suggested readings to facilitate the book\u2019s use as a classroom text.

Dancing with the Revolution - Power, Politics, and Privilege in Cuba (Paperback): Elizabeth B Schwall Dancing with the Revolution - Power, Politics, and Privilege in Cuba (Paperback)
Elizabeth B Schwall
R836 Discovery Miles 8 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Elizabeth B. Schwall aligns culture and politics by focusing on an art form that became a darling of the Cuban revolution: dance. In this history of staged performance in ballet, modern dance, and folkloric dance, Schwall analyzes how and why dance artists interacted with republican and, later, revolutionary politics. Drawing on written and visual archives, including intriguing exchanges between dancers and bureaucrats, Schwall argues that Cubans dancers used their bodies and ephemeral, nonverbal choreography to support and critique political regimes and cultural biases. As esteemed artists, Cuban dancers exercised considerable power and influence. They often used their art to posit more radical notions of social justice than political leaders were able or willing to implement. After 1959, while generally promoting revolutionary projects like mass education and internationalist solidarity, they also took risks by challenging racial prejudice, gender norms, and censorship, all of which could affect dancers personally. On a broader level, Schwall shows that dance, too often overlooked in histories of Latin America and the Caribbean, provides fresh perspectives on what it means for people, and nations, to move through the world.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - A Life in Dance (Hardcover): Christina Gallea-Roy Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - A Life in Dance (Hardcover)
Christina Gallea-Roy
R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An Australian ballerina and a German dancer and choreographer meet while rehearsing with an American ballet company ahead of a European tour. This chance encounter sets the scene for a lifelong partnership, and the couple literally dance their way around the world. Christina Gallea and Alexander Roy had the opportunity to join several international ballet companies as principal dancers before deciding to follow an independent path, setting off in an overloaded Volkswagen Beetle to tour Europe with their own recital performance. The success of this venture led to the formation of a ballet company, based in London, the Alexander Roy London Ballet Theatre. The company spent 25 years touring throughout the UK, becoming a vital part of the British dance scene, as well as performing in 30 different countries world-wide. Christina recounts the highs, lows and peculiar challenges of performing while touring the globe - how they narrowly escaped revolution in South America, survived being mugged in the Philippines, a fire, and run-ins with the East German police. She also writes vividly of the ballet studios and famous teachers with whom both dancers studied in London and in Paris. Mixing personal anecdote with fascinating insights into an exciting period of dance history, from the post-war years right up to the year 2000, this lively account captures the spirit of this most transient of art forms.

Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story (Paperback): Carlos A. Costa Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story (Paperback)
Carlos A. Costa
R267 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R58 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

NOW AN AWARD-WINNING FEATURE FILM STARRING CARLOS ACOSTA 'The dazzling Carlos Acosta is the Cuban Billy Elliot, a poor kid who triumphed over prejudice and humble origins ... Frankly, you couldn't make it up.' Daily Mail In 1980, Carlos Acosta was just another Cuban kid of humble origins, the youngest son in a poor family named after the planter who had owned his great-great-grandfather. With few options and an independent spirit, Carlos spent his days on the streets, dreaming of a career in football. But even at a young age, Carlos had extraordinary talent. At nine, he was skipping school to win break-dancing competitions as the youngest member of a street-gang for whom dance contests were only a step away from violence. When Carlos's father enrolled him in ballet school, he hoped not only to nurture his son's talent, but also to curb his wildness. Years of loneliness, conflict and crippling physical effort followed, but today the Havana street-kid is an international star. This magical memoir is about more than Carlos's rise to stardom, however. It is the story of a childhood where food is scarce but love is abundant, where the soul of Cuba comes alive to influence a dancer's art. It is also about a man forced to leave behind his homeland and loved ones for a life of self-discipline, displacement and brutal physical hardship. Carlos Acosta makes dance look effortless, but the grace, strength and charm have come at a cost - here, in his own words, is the story of the price he paid. Previously published as 'No Way Home'.

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