Dance a While: A Handbook for Folk, Square, Contra, and Social Dance
Dance A While is a classic in the field of recreational dance. The Tenth Edition of this best-selling introduction to dance text uniquely combines dance instruction, descriptions of major forms of dance, and directions for more than 260 individual dances, providing ample information for students and giving future dance instructors the background they need to be successful teachers. The cultural background of international dances is presented, along with specific suggestions for developing style. Dance A While reflects the most recent trends in folk, square, contra, and social dance and includes a wealth of suggestions for dance resource materials. Dance A While is an all-inclusive textbook and a reference that will last a lifetime. For the first time, the book includes access to a website with musical selections in MP3 format, giving students and instructors a convenient way to find the music they need to teach and practice the dances.
As in the previous editions, this edition encompasses both contemporary and traditional folk, square, social, and contra dancing from the United States and countries around the world. Brand new dances from Hawaii and Japan are included, as are additional play and party dances appropriate for younger age groups. The history of dance throughout the world, current trends in dance, and teaching hints for each style of dance are also discussed. Detailed illustrations and diagrams clarify technique and directions, making learning each dance as easy as "1-2-3."