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Aerial Dance

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Title: Aerial Dance
Author: Bernasconi, Jayne C.
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Aerial Dance is the first book to showcase this newest dance genre. The book traces the historical roots of this latest art form, which is rapidly gaining in popularity. It also defines its place in the lineage of modern dance and addresses aesthetics, philosophical approaches to teaching, and safety issues.

Aerial Dance will be of great interest to all those associated with or attracted to this emerging art form. Whether a novice or professional, a practitioner or educator, they will learn from those who helped shape aerial dance into what it is today. Through this book and DVD package, readers will

* gain insight from essays written by leading choreographers in the field;
* gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for aerial dance choreography through “Look Up!” features that provide cross-references to video performance clips on the DVD; and
* view high-quality photographs that illustrate the origins of aerial dance.

Part I details the evolution of aerial dance and its place in a postmodern world. It delves into the aesthetics of aerial dance and the differences between this genre and circus-based aerial arts.
Part II presents a variety of essays from many of the top artists in the field who provide insight into their own approaches to aerial dance. The book also presents a variety of teaching applications, including ideas for working with special populations and related art forms.
Part III is all about safety, including injury prevention, rigging, other safety-related issues. This part helps readers understand anatomical and physiological issues regarding safety.

Note that Aerial Dance is not meant as an instruction book in choreographing or executing aerial dance moves. No book can ensure safe rigging or keep a dancer from falling. Those who are interested in learning and practicing aerial dance must first find a skilled and experienced teacher. The appendix includes contact information on aerial dancers, teachers, festivals, and aerial dance equipment.

Readers will find great insight and direction from seasoned experts in this innovative dance form. Aerial Dance captures the passion of the genre and helps readers appreciate the creative possibilities it offers.


Foreword by Murray Louis

Part I. Taking Off: From the Ground to the Air
Chapter 1. Aerial Dance in a Postmodern World: Its Roots and Wings in Modern Dance
* * Look Up! Alwin Nikolais
Aerial Dance Defined
Blurring Dance and Circus Arts
Aerial Arts in the Mainstream
One Last Swing

Chapter 2. Flight Path: The Evolution of Aerial Dance
West Coast: Motivity
* * Look Up! Terry Sendgraff
East Coast: Multigravitational Aerodance Group
Progeny: The Diaspora
One Last Swing

Chapter 3. Air Craft: The Aesthetics of Aerial Dance
What Puts the Modern in Dance?
* * Look Up! Jo Kreiter
We Start at the Toes and Evolve to the Arms
Dance of Swinging and Spinning
Aesthetic of Effortlessness
* * Look Up! Fred Deb
Enough With Peter Pan!
* * Look Up! Brenda Angiel
One Last Swing

Part II. From an Aerial View
Chapter 4. Bird’s-Eye View: Essays From the Field
Stephanie Evanitsky
Terry Sendgraff
Robert Davidson
* * Look Up! Robert Davidson
Susan Murphy
* * Look Up! Susan Murphy
Nancy Smith
Amelia Rudolph
Jo Kreiter
Brenda Angiel
* * Look Up! Brenda Angiel
Karola Lüttringhaus
* * Look Up! Karola Lüttringhaus
Jayne Bernasconi
* * Look Up! Jayne Bernasconi
One Last Swing

Chapter 5. Flight Instructions: Approaches to Teaching
Terry Sendgraff
* * Look Up! Terry Sendgraff
Robert Davidson
* * Look Up! Robert Davidson
Susan Murphy
Nancy Smith
Jo Kreiter
* * Look Up! Jo Kreiter
Amelia Rudolph
Jayne Bernasconi
* * Look Up! Jayne Bernasconi
One Last Swing

Chapter 6. Custom-Designed Flights: Other Applications
Mixed-Ability Aerial Dancing
Aerial Yoga
* * Look Up!: Jayne Bernasconi
Aerial Sci-Arts: Physics and the Low-Flying Trapeze
Kids Who Fly
One Last Swing

Part III. Flying Safely
Chapter 7. Injury Prevention: Understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of Suspended Movement
Shoulder Anatomy
Upright Posture and the Neutral Pelvis
Core Stability
Raising the Arms: Which Muscles Should Work?
Aerial Positioning of the Pelvis: Hollow Body
One Last Swing

Chapter 8. Rigging for Aerial Dance: Keep It Safe
* * Look Up! Nancy Smith
The Basics
A Place to Stand
Frequently Discussed Issues
How to Tell if Your Rigger Is Qualified (Qualified for What?)
Requisite Disclaimer
One Last Swing

Appendix: Aerial Dance Resources
About the Authors


Supplemental text for dance majors at the university level. Reference for dance educators, performing artists, funders and presenters of dance, and other dance professionals

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2008
Format: Mixed
ISBN: 9780736073967
Publishing status: To Order
Aerial Dance