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Dance Documentary Films in the Leavey Library: History


Dance on Screen
"In this revelatory new documentary, director Reiner E. Moritz poses the question: How has the media influenced dance in the twentieth century and vice versa? Over this period an extensive archive of beautiful choreography, performed by the finest dancers has accumulated on film and television, resulting in a major dispersion of dance through the media. In addition, new art forms such as dance movies and ballet films have emerged from this development in moving images, where dance is created specifically for the camera. A History Of Dance On Screen contains an impressive amount of archive footage featuring the greatest dancers and choreographers of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, framed by in-depth interviews with great personalities of the contemporary dance scene--featuring Alvin Ailey, Pina Bausch, Maurice Béjart, Matthew Bourne, Margot Fonteyn, Martha Graham, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Roland Petit, Sasha Waltz and many others."

Dancetime! 500 Years of Social Dance
"Volume One: features dance forms, period costumes and dance music from the 15th through 19th centuries from the courts of Italy, France, England and the grand ballrooms of America. Volume Two: features dance forms, period costumes and dance music from twentieth century America from the 'animal dances' of the 1910's through the hip hop of the 1990's.

Diamond Dance Views: Interview with Zvi Gotheiner
"Interview with Zvi Gotheiner. Includes recording of Zvidance performance at Dance Theater Workshop.

Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History
"One of the most comprehensive films about the Hollywood musical ever produced. Screen and television icon Shirley Jones hosts this entertaining and historical document illustrated by extraordinary clips and fabulous interviews."

Introduction to Baroque Dance: Dance Types
"Acclaimed Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess demonstrates and performs Baroque dance techniques. Included are descriptions of the dances found in music and dance writings from the period; most notably specific choreographies preserved in 18th century dance notation."

L'art de la danse Baroque: Folies d'Espagne, de la notation à l'interpretation
"Baroque dance expert Natalie van Parys discusses dance in 17th France. Includes full performances of Pecourt & Feuillet's Les folies d'Espagne pour homme (1704) and Feuillet's Les folies d'Espagne pour femme (1700), both attempting to be as historically accurate as possible."

PS Dance: Dance Education in Public Schools
"New documentary that captures what happens when five NYC public schools students add dance to their daily studies."

The Spirit Moves: A History of Black Social Dance on Film, 1900-1986
"Part 1 features demonstrations of ragtime and jazz dances by well-known artists at the Savoy, including James Berry, Pepsi Bethel, Teddy Brown, Sandra Gibson, Leon James, Al Minns and Frankie Manning. Part 2 features footage of dancing by the general public... [including] Al Minns and Leon James. Part 3 features dances from the 'Bebop Era'."