Books of note (new and not)
The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life
By Sarah L. Kaufman
Publisher: W. W. Norton
336 pages; hardcover; 2015
The author and Washington Post dance critic reflects on physical and social acts of grace: heart-catching moments of physical elegance in sports, movies, dance, fashion, and music; rare sightings of celebrity grace; the secrets of gracious hosts; and grace found unexpectedly, in a restaurant kitchen or among strippers in a bar. Drawing inspiration from Cary Grant, Margot Fonteyn, Smokey Robinson, Beyoncé, and others, the book argues for the importance of grace in the small moments of everyday life.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
104 pages; hardcover; ages 7–10; 2014
“JOSEPHINE / danced a sizzling flapper dance— / the Charleston. / Knees SQUEEZE, now FLY / heels flap and chop / arms scissor and splay / eyes swivel and pop. / Josephine, all / RAZZMATAZZ, / erupted into the Roaring Twenties— / a VOLCANO. / America wasn’t ready for Josephine, / the colored superstar. / PARIS WAS.” Exuberant verse and pictures create a moving portrait of Baker, the performer and civil rights advocate who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the world’s grandest stages.
Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective
By Edel Quin, Sonia Rafferty, and Charlotte Tomlinson
Publisher: Human Kinetics
304 pages; paperback; 2015
Intended for dancers and educators at all levels, these evidence-based guidelines for dancing safely are intended to bridge the gap between dance science and classroom practice. Topics include creating a physically and psychologically supportive dance environment, understanding principles of anatomy and sound alignment, warm-up and cool-down protocols, injury risk and management, and nutrition and hydration for enhanced performance and healthy practice.
Body, Mind & Spirit in Action: A Teacher’s Guide to Creative Dance (2nd ed.)
By Patricia Reedy
Publisher: Luna Dance Institute
272 pages; paperback; 2015
This accessible guide to theory and practice is intended to help teachers find confidence in their own creativity, access their imaginations, and learn to use dance to facilitate creative learning in children from pre-K through middle school. Its approach to creating curriculum aligns with the National Core Arts Standards while recognizing students’ diverse needs and honoring teachers’ individual goals, backgrounds, and personalities. This new edition contains expanded sections on human development, Laban principles, and universal design for learning.