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Books for Teachers

General Books

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​-Attention and Focus in Dance: Enhancing Power, Precision and Artistry Clare Guss-West

-The Creative Habit: Learn In and Use It for Life – Twyla Tharp

        32 practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned to develop and hone your creative talents.

-Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad – Mehan Taylor Morrison

        Short Essays about exploring dance in different countries.

-Dance Appreciation – Dawn Davis Loring and Julie L. Pentz

        Exploring and connecting dance with other academic and artistic disciplines to broaden it's appreciation as an art form and a lifetime physical activity.

-Futures of Dance Studies – Susan Manning, Janice Ross and Rebecca Schneider

-Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life – Twyla Tharp

        A series of no-nonsense mediations on how to live with purpose as time passes.

-The Living World of Dance: Artistry in Motion – Jack and Linda Vartoogian and Carol Cooper Garey

        Photos of dance heritage around the world.

-Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common – Harmony Bench

        Studies of dance in the digital age with a pandemic.

-Trash the Trophies – Chasta Hamilton

        Chasta shows you how she challenged preconceived notions of success in the dance industry transformed her studio and increase ROI.

-Weird dance: Curious and Bizarre Dancing Trivia – Tim Rayborn

-Writing In and About the Performing and Visual Arts: Creating, Performing, and Teaching – Stephen J. Corbett, Jennifer Lin LeMesurier, Teagan E. Decker, and Betsy Cooper

        An intersection of writing and the choreographic process with written activities.

Anatomy Books

Anatomy & Conditioning

-Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy Andrea Olsen

-Conditioning for Dance: Training for Peak Performance in All Dance Forms – Eric Franklin

-Dance Anatomy (2nd Edition) – Jacqui Greene Haas

        100 effective exercises to correct alignment placement and breathing.

-Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers – Donna H. Krasnow and M. Virginia Wilmerding

        A look at motor learning theory from a dance perspective.

Biography Books
A book covers with a female dancer leaping. One leg is bent, the other straight and her head is looking upward. Underneath her text reads: Conditioning for Dance.

Biographies & Memoirs

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A yellow book cover with red text the reads: And Then We Danced. Also pictured is a male dancer lifting a female dancer. Both are wearing read clothes.
Choreograhy Books


-Choreography: A Basic Approach Using ImprovisationSandra Cerny Minton

        63 exercises to illustrate and solve choreographic problems.

-The Intimate Act of Choreography Lynne Anne Blom

        A book that covers all aspects of choreography.

-Tandem Dances: Choreographing Immersive Performance – Julia M. Ritter

        Explores choreography and movement within immersive performances.

Dance Ed Books
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Dance Education

-Brain-Compatible Dance Education (2nd Edition) – Anne Green Gilbert

        A look at brain research to connect science to teaching and learning in dance classrooms.

-Dance Education Resources for the Classroom – Lindsay Blackburne

        Secondary classroom curriculum resources.

-Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design: Comprehensive K12 Dance Education (2nd Edition) – Gyle Kassing and Danielle Jay-Kirshenbaum

        Pedagogy on child development, teaching styles and unit planning.

-Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education: Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy – Doug Risner and Karen Schupp

        Case studies that present scenarios covering a wide range of classroom dilemmas.

-Moving Lessons: Margaret H’Doubler and the Beginning of Dance in American Education (2nd Edition) – Janice L. Ross

        A look on the origins and influences on dance in American universities.

-The Natural Body in Somatics Dance Training – Doran George

        The history of somatics and it’s application in training and choreography.

Early Childhood Books

Early Childhood

-Creative Dance for All Ages – Anne Green Gilbert

        Theory, methodology and lesson plans for creative movement classes.

-The 1st Three Years of Dance: Teaching Tips, Lesson Plans and Syllabi for Successful Dance Classes – Gina Evans



-​The Italian BallerinaKristy Cambron

        A historical novel set during World War II where a ballerina, two American medics and a young Jewish girl band together to save Italian Jews.

-Juba! Walter Dean Myers

        Historical fiction novel on the first recorded tap dancer.

-Murder in 1st Position: An On Pointe Mystery – Lori Robbins

-Murder in 2nd Position: An On Pointe Mystery – Lori Robbins

-A Time to Dance – Padma Venkatraman

        A classical dance prodigy struggles to regain her passion in the ancient bharatenatyam dance form.

-Tiny Pretty Things & Shiny Broken Pieces – Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

        Drama novels about characters competing to be prima at their elite ballet school.

-The Winner: A Ballroom Dance Novel – Erin Bomboy

        A story of two dancers competing in the most prestigious ballroom dance competition.

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Genre Books




-Balanchine’s Ballerinas: Conversations with the Muses Robert Tracy and Sharon DeLano

-The Ballerina Mindset: How to Protect your Mental Health while Striving for Excellence – Megan Fairchild

-Ballet and Modern Dance: A Concise History – Jack Anderson

-Ballet Basics – Sandra Noll Hammond

        An introduction to ballet technique for adult beginners.

-Ballet Recipes: The Ingredients of Classical Ballet Technique – Maricelle Peeters

-Beginning Ballet – Gayle Kassing

        An instructional guide.

-Classical Ballet Technique – Gretchen Ward Warren

-Dance Theatre of Harlem – Judy Tyrus and Paul Novosel

        The historical creation and struggles of the community dance company who’s theme reflects: “All can do ballet”.

-Dancing for Balanchine – Merrille Ashley

-Home at the Barre: Adult Ballet – Dawn C. Crouch

-The Perfect Pointe Book – Lisa Howell B.Phty

-The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training & Technique (2nd Edition) – Janice Barringer and Sarah Schlesinger

-Pointe Work: Ten Reasons Why and When – Dawn C. Crouch

-Private View: Inside Baryshnikov’s American Ballet Theatre – John Fraser

-(Re:) Claiming Ballet – Adesola Akinleye

        Essays that bring light to the overlooked influences that inform the culture of ballet.

-Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers Is Saving Ballet Itself – Chloe Angyal

-Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet – Stephan Manes

        Insight on how ballet really happens around the world in a variety of settings.

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-Ballroom Dancing (10th Edition) Alex Moore

        Comprehensive handbook to Ballroom dance.

-The Essential Guide to Ballroom Dance Janet Cunningham-Clayton and Malcolm Fernandes

-Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry – Juliet E. McMains

-Life On The Wood Floor – Jenell Maranto

        Professional ballroom dance champion, Jenell Maranto, chronicles her experience of learning ballroom dance.

Hip Hop

-Beginning Hip Hop Dance E. Moncell Durden

        An instructional guide.

-Break Dancing Curtis Marlow

        History and instructional guide on break dancing and electric boogie (1984).

-From Hucklebuck to Hip-Hop, Social Dance in the African American Community in Philadelphia John Roberts

-Hip Hop Dance (The American Dance Floor) Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

        An overview of the history of hip hop culture and an exploration of its dance style.

-The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance Studies – Mary Fogarty and Imani Kai Johnson

        Comprehensive research covering many Hip Hop and Funk dance styles.

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-Beginning Jazz Dance James Robey

An instructional guide.

-Between Beats: The Jazz Tradition and Black Vernacular Dance Christi Jay Wells

        A history of Jazz dance that unpacks common terminology.

-Jazz Dance Class (Beginning thru Advanced) – Gus Giordano

-The Luigi Jazz Dance Technique – Kenneth Wydro

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-Ballet and Modern Dance: A Concise History – Jack Anderson

-Beginning Modern Dance Miriam Giguere

        An instructional guide.

-Onstage with Martha Graham Stuart Hodes

        Memoir of a male dancer in early modern US dance history.



-Beginning Tap Dance Lisa Lewis

An instructional guide.

-Tap! Rusty Frank

        A collection of voices and memories from 30 tap artists throughout history.

-The Tap Dance Dictionary – Mark Knowles

-Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History – Constance Valis Hill

-Tap into Improv: A Guide to Tap Improvisation – Barbara Duffy

-TapWorks: A Tap Dictionary and Reference Manual – Beverly Fletcher

-What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing –Brian Seibert

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A black book cover picturing two dancers dressed in white flyin through space in various poses. Text above the dancers reads: Aerial Dance.
A book cover featuring several women posed in a line on a set of white stairs. Underneath the women is red text that reads: Dancing Women.
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