Dancing in Blackness

"Osumare has engaged with black dance as performer, choreographer, educator, arts administrator, researcher, and activist in the United States, Africa, and Europe, and through multiple careers. In this equal parts memoir, autoethnography, history, encyclopedic catalog, and sociocultural analysis, she traces her activities from the 1960s through the late 1990s, as she becomes a tenacious advocate … Continue reading Dancing in Blackness

Dance and Gender

“Few volumes tackle the issue of gender and dance with such currency. A work of high quality, thorough in its composition, impeccable in its rigor, and far-reaching in its approach.”—Julie Kerr-Berry, Minnesota State University, Mankato “Generous with data, this collection of accessible research will inspire a variety of emotions from anger to fascination, prompting us … Continue reading Dance and Gender

Pro Ballet Couple Reveals Best Teams on “Dancing with the Stars”

Professional dance couple Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra knows all about partnering. Their book Experiencing the Art of Pas De Deux, which just released on Tuesday, uncovers the key components to dance coupling often overlooked in classes and textbooks, such as how to build and maintain the connections necessary for a trusting and successful team. Below, they weigh in on the season premiere … Continue reading Pro Ballet Couple Reveals Best Teams on “Dancing with the Stars”

Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

NOW IN PAPERBACK “A wonderful tool for teachers looking for in-depth profiles of historic jazz figures or a sampling of the second half of the 20th century’s jazz ideologies for a dance history course.”—Dance Teacher "A must-read for all dancers as the invaluable historical references and in-depth coverage of the different jazz forms cannot be … Continue reading Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

Celebrate National Arts Advocacy Day

Happy National Arts Advocacy Day, everyone! All over the nation today, individuals are celebrating the importance of every category of art--whether fine, visual, performing, or another artistic medium. To take part in this celebration, we've discounted some of our recent art books on our website. Simply visit http://www.upf.com/AAD15 and apply code AAD15 at checkout to take … Continue reading Celebrate National Arts Advocacy Day

7 Reasons Why Ballet Dancers Choose Broadway

When Lee Wilson first began dancing, she wore tap shoes and took lessons in her neighbor's basement. "I loved the scraping sound of taps brushing across the cement floor, the clicking sounds of the heel taps, and the crash of a full-footed stomp," Lee recalls in Rebel on Pointe, her memoir that we published this past … Continue reading 7 Reasons Why Ballet Dancers Choose Broadway