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Dance Cultures Around the World

Dance Cultures Around the World

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Written by a diverse group of authors from across the globe, Dance Cultures Around the World offers students a rich and in-depth look at 25 different cultures of dance. Through a dynamic collaboration with the chapter authors, editors Lynn E. Frederiksen and Shih-Ming Li Chang have carefully created a unique multimedia resource that includes vetted links to dance videos, images, and other materials. The text, suitable for high school and undergraduate general education and dance courses, addresses cross-cultural dynamics, colonialism, diaspora, politics, and more as critical factors in learning about cultures of dance around the world.

As stated in the preface, “Every culture has some form of dance. However, why people dance—and further, how they define and create dance—are the difficult questions at the core of this text. Once you understand why dance exists and examine the factors that explain particular dance forms, you can engage more fully with many cultures of dance, including your own.”

Written by cultural insiders, the chapters illuminate contexts and histories of dances often misinterpreted through the notion of dance as a universal language. “Just as you would not expect to understand a foreign language simply because it is human speech, you cannot expect to understand foreign dance without some ‘translation. The multiple layers of meaning and history in foreign dances are often left unrevealed, and therefore the opportunity for true cross-cultural understanding is missed.” To ensure rich cross-cultural engagement, the insiders “translate” their dance cultures, showing how influential forces affect both the qualities of the dance and its place in society.

Dance Cultures Around the World offers a wealth of information::
  • It explores dance cultures in nine geopolitical regions.
  • It reveals patterns that operate in each region, adjusting for historical, political, and geographical differences.
  • It enriches the readers experience of their own culture, as well as those of others, as they learn what dance is in various cultures, who dances, and why they dance.
Each chapter begins with a vignette describing a signature dance or dance-related feature of the culture, followed by an introduction to its history and geography. Significant events, people, and qualities of the dance culture are highlighted throughout the chapters.

Instructors and students have access to online resources through HKPropel. Instructor resources include a sample syllabus, chapter summaries, and suggested answers for chapter discussion questions; a presentation package with PowerPoint slides; a test package with over 700 multiple-choice, true-false, and fill-in-the-blank questions; and ready-made chapter quizzes. Student resources include links to videos, articles, and websites for further learning; key terms and definitions; references and resources; an application activity for each chapter; and chapter quizzes.

Dance Cultures Around the World gives readers an overview of dance cultures and provides an insiders perspective on how dance develops and evolves around the world. Together with the online resources in HKPropel, the book gives students and instructors a well-crafted gateway to dance cultures across the globe.

Note:: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all print books.
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  • Part I. North America

    Chapter 1. Native American and First Nations Dance
    Robin Prichard
    Studying Native American Cultures
    History of Intertribal Powwows
    Powwow Elements
    Powwow Dances

    Chapter 2. Social Dance in the United States
    Nora Ambrosio
    Brief History
    Social Dance
    Social Dance as Expression
    Social Dance for Socialization

    Chapter 3. Danza Folklórico and Mexican American Culture
    Colleen Porter Hearn
    Ever-Evolving Dances of Ancient Culture
    Spanish Conquest and Colonialism
    Mexican Nation
    French Occupation of Mexico
    The Mexican Revolution
    Folklórico as Integrative Learning

    Part II. Central and South America

    Chapter 4. Dance in Guatemala
    Beatriz Herrera Corado
    Creating Identity
    Dance as a Calendrical Event
    Continuity of Mayan Practices
    Colonial Period
    The Garífuna
    Influences From Western Theatrical Dance

    Chapter 5. Dance in Brazil
    Amélia Conrado
    Geography and History
    Dance and Ritual in Pre-Brazil
    European Dances in Brazil
    Founding of Modern Dance in Brazil
    Regional Dances and Popular Cultural Events
    African Dance in Brazil

    Part III. Caribbean

    Chapter 6. B?l? Drum-Dance Culture in Martinique
    Camee Maddox-Wingfield
    Defining B?l? as a Regional Folk Tradition
    Question of Origins
    B?l? Performance Contexts in Contemporary Martinique
    B?l?s Pre-Revival Eclipse in Martinique
    B?l?s Revitalization, Cultural Activism, and Pedagogy
    Annual Holidays and Observances

    Chapter 7. Dance in Trinidad and Tobago
    Elizabeth Fernández OBrien
    History and Carnival as a Trini Identifier
    Neo-African Dance in Trinidad and Tobago
    From Ritual to Performance
    Indo-Trinidadian Dance Traditions and Development
    Other Cultural Infusions

    Part IV. Africa

    Chapter 8. Dance in Ghana
    Jennies Deide Darko
    Brief History
    A Multiplicity of Customs
    Traditional Dances From Ghana
    Social Dance
    Ceremonial Dance

    Chapter 9. Dance in Uganda
    Ronald Kibirige
    Brief History
    Dancing and Dance-Musicking
    A Communitarian Approach to Coexistence
    Activation of Individual and Community Human Social Capital

    Chapter 10. Dance Cultures of Zimbabwe
    Solomon Gwerevende
    Brief History and Geography
    Indigenous Zimbabwean Dances
    Characteristic Features of Indigenous Dances
    Implications of Modernity and Globalization

    Part V. Europe and Russia

    Chapter 11. Dance in Irish Culture
    Sharon Anne Phelan
    Brief History
    Irish Dance Culture From the 13th Century CE
    Dance During the Colonial Era
    Dance at the Turn of the 20th Century
    Dance During the Postcolonial Era
    Theatricalization of Irish Dance in Ireland

    Chapter 12. Dance in Spain
    Bridgit Luján
    Spanish Dance and Flamenco

    Chapter 13. Dance in Croatia
    Tvrtko Zebec, Ivana Katarinčić, and Iva Niemčić
    Social Context
    Central and Southeastern European Influences
    Regional Styles of Dance and Music
    Legacies of Cross-Cultural Trade and Travel
    Institutionalized Dance Education

    Chapter 14. Dance in Greek Culture
    Christos Papakostas and Nick Poulakis
    Brief History and Geography
    Ancient Dance (800-146 BCE)
    Theatrical Dances of the Classical Period
    Greek Dance in the Middle Ages (146 BCE-1453 CE)
    Early Modern Dance (1453-1821)
    Traditional Dance in Modern Greece (1821-Present)
    Popular Dance
    Contemporary Art Dance

    Chapter 15. Dance in Bulgarian Culture
    Iliana Petrova Salazar
    Bulgarian Dance Culture
    The Horo
    Folk Dance Education and Bulgarian Music
    A New Choreographic Culture

    Chapter 16. Traditional Dance in Russia
    Anthony Shay
    Brief History
    Ethno Identity Dance and Socialist Realism
    Russian Folk Dances in the Field
    Three Russian Folk Dances
    Russian Ethno Identity Dance

    Part VI. Middle East

    Chapter 17. Dance Cultures of Turkey
    Zeynep Gonca Girgin
    Brief History
    Traditional Folk Dance
    Classical Dance
    Religious Movement Systems

    Chapter 18. Dance in Iran
    Nathalie M. Choubineh
    Myths and Assumptions of Persian Dance
    Historical Highlights
    Modernization of Iran
    Islamic Revolution of 1979

    Part VII. South and Southeast Asia

    Chapter 19. Indian Dance
    Justine Lemos
    Brief History
    Classical Dance
    Tradition and Reconstruction

    Chapter 20. Dance in Indonesia
    Abdul Haque Chang
    Diversity of Indonesian Dance
    Ancestor Worship, Trance, and Religion
    Jathilan Trance Dance
    Revival of Traditional Dance Arts

    Chapter 21. Dance in the Philippines
    Desiree A. Quintero and Wayland Quintero
    Place-Based Dance Practices
    Music and Dance
    Acapulco-Manila Galleons and the Melding of Forms
    Dance as Part of Festivity
    The “Mother” of Philippine Folk Dance
    Indigenous Peoples

    Part VIII. East Asia

    Chapter 22. Dance in Chinese Culture
    Shih-Ming Li Chang and Lynn E. Frederiksen
    Dance in Chinese Culture Over 5,000 Years of History
    Classical Dance
    Chinese Folk Dance
    Martial Arts, Competition, and Military Dance
    20th-Century Political Turmoil
    Chinese Civil War
    Paths to Contemporary Dance

    Chapter 23. Dance in Japanese Culture
    Inoue Atsuki
    A Confluence of Cultures
    Japanese Aesthetics
    Noh and Kabuki Theater
    Folk Dance of Indigenous People in Hokkaido and Okinawa
    Popular Dance in Contemporary Japan

    Part IX. Oceania

    Chapter 24. Dance of Aboriginal Australia
    Stephen A. Wild
    Aboriginal Culture
    Rom in Northern Australia
    Other Contexts of Dance in Arnhem Land
    Central Australia
    Other Traditions of Aboriginal Dance

    Chapter 25. Dance in Tahitian Culture
    Jane Freeman Moulin
    Brief History
    The Colonial Institution
    Creativity and Innovation
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