I’ve been in love with dance for most of my life; it’s a language of the body, one that speaks to us on a deeper level. It’s physical, emotional, intuitive and there’s no art form quite like it. Learning about dance isn’t just about practicing the technical movements, it’s about studying the culture of different styles, the pioneers who took the art form and made it their own. Reading about dance always makes me feel closer to one of my favorite things in the world; here are a few books I’d recommend to anyone who wants to learn a bit more about dance.
Let’s Dance is a great reference guide for anyone who wants to learn more about Latin and Ballroom dancing. With an abundance of information about all forms of Latin and Ballroom, this book makes a great foundational resource for anyone with a passion for dance.
This was the first book I ever had as a young dancer. It’s both beautiful and inspiring, following a ten year old ballerina through her routine as she plays Clara in The Nutcracker.
Fosse is my favorite choreographer of all time; he was such a brilliant artist. After I saw All That Jazz I was fascinated and had to learn everything I could about him. This book is a great resource for understanding what made Bob Fosse’s work so remarkable.
Meredith Monk is one of my favorite artists of all time, a true visionary. I was first introduced to her while I was studying World Arts and Culture at UCLA. She’s a fascinating artist, and her relationship with dance is so deep and compelling. I came to understand my own love of dance through understanding Meredith Monk’s work; she’s an amazing creator and if you’re interested in dance it’s worth it to learn more about her.
When I went back to school at 30 years old after stepping away from education for my dance career, Time and the Dancing Image was one of the first texts I has to study. This book is a great retrospective of dance, walking readers through the movement of dance trends over time and chronicling all the modern choreographers. It’s a great book to have on your shelf whether you’re a dance educator, historian, or simply someone who loves dance and wants to know more about its history and evolution.
This Monday, June 1st marked the 15th anniversary of Dancing With The Stars. We’re so thankful to have been a part of the lives of all those who love Dancing With The Stars, our DWTS family, for so long. We are planning on returning this fall, but we have to see how things go. There is a lot to be considered and we need to be sure we can do it safely. All I know is that I am looking forward to an innovative and exciting Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars to experience with all of you. We all need a little DWTS magic right about now!
What are some of your favorite books about dance? Tell me in the comments below or tag @carrieannconversations on Instagram!