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Reddit reviews: The best dance books

We found 160 Reddit comments discussing the best dance books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 72 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Dance:

u/ruylopez69 · 26 pointsr/SwingDancing

Great post. Thank you. I'm on mobile, but if someone wants to look up "spirit moves disc 1" and "spirit moves disc 2" you'll find them on YouTube. I also know a dancer who has a comprehensive list of Whiteys Lindy Hoppers videos. I'd also love to see resources compiling all the California dancers' stuff. Plus I just saw a video of John Bedrosian doing St Louis Jitterbug and St Louis Shag pass through Facebook the other day. If someone wants to grab those and put them in one place that'd be wonderful, otherwise I'll update this comment with links (that can hopefully be added to sidebar?)

Edit:
Spirit Moves Disc 1:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjguncQiw70

Spirit Moves Disc 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHf4tBmAlpI

Shorty Snowden:

After Seben (1929)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcnpZfsfwDA

Ask Uncle Sol (1937)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sdk3mqVSRA

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers:

A Day At The Races (1937):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di-a-jf1c6g&t=3

Radio City Revels (1938)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGAOpTcEyJw

Keep Punchin (1939)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfgKMfexdPQ

Hellzapoppin (1941):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahoJReiCaPk

Hot Chocolate (1941):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_262uUGwzgk

Cootie Williams and Orchestra (1943):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnpcPFnHLUQ


Jitterbug History:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8UkX71MbPY&index=7&list=PLmgkit3LB0tdgRzwPSQE_-YdxqbA1tpg5






Misc. Other Notable Clips:
It Goes To Your Toes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKKO_fYv6JE&feature=youtu.be

Bli-Blip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pthpr7sI9C0&feature=youtu.be

Rip It Up (1956):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLDwMWkp1Iw

Caravan (1946):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14QEoEIvUuk&feature=youtu.be

Swing Fever (1943):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1-LqqPnkf0





Okay I have A LOT more where that came from but I have to step out, going dancing :D

I'll update a second time with more!

Edit 2: I CANNOT emphasize enough how amazing Frankie's autobiography is. It makes so many things make so much more sense. It is an easy read and a FASCINATING one. I highly highly recommend it. I'd make it required reading if I was teaching a class (like, in school) on it. It has so much context. He is such an interesting, charming, warm, genuine guy. With a shocking memory. That book changed my whole perspective on dancing.

Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Frankie-Manning-Ambassador-Lindy-Hop/dp/1592135641

Edit 3:
Some context - Shorty Snowden was what they call a "first generation" savoy dancer. He and his group were the people that inspired Frankie Manning and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. Their style was more upright, and less refined.

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers danced a lot more like Snowden and his group in 1937-8, but as you can see, in 1941 they did more of the Lindy hop we know and love. Around this time and later, Dean Collins and a lot of dancers in LA did some pretty iconic dancing. I am not nearly as tuned in on the LA clips as I'd like to be, but Swing Fever and Groovie Movie feature some of these guys.

Anyway, there's a lot of amazing stuff in those clips - note the prevalence of the California routine in the later Whitey's clips. To identify the California routine, spirit moves 1 goes one by one through a lot of the line dances and group choreographies. I also would love to add more clips of Al Minns and Leon James later, who are heavily featured jn spirit moves.

If you ask me though, spirit moves 2 is the real gem. The only clips we have of social dancing at the Savoy. It also features the al and Leon Shim sham, a contest (to prepare for the harvest moon ball), Mambo night (which I need to study a lot more, an amazing blend of dances), and my personal favorite, the Cats Corner, a part of the dance floor marked out specially for the top dancers to really cut. My favorite social dancing clip is here, featuring Leon James, slick slides and spins.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/piano

I'm the music director/coordinator for a large ballet company, so I play for a lot of ballet classes. I'd highly recommend reading: http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Music-Accompaniment-Musicians-Teachers/dp/0813018870/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371184317&sr=8-1&keywords=ballet+accompaniment

Almost any song can be played appropriately for a ballet combination, but a pianist must be experienced and flexible enough to mold a melody/song to properly fit an instructor's needs. Can you turn a 4/4 into a 3/4, or a 2/4, or a 6/8? I play classical, jazz standards, tangos, rag-time, waltzes, pop tunes, adagios... You have to be very versatile as a pianist, while playing music appropriate to the feel needed for the class. Some great pianists are horrible ballet accompanists. It really requires a certain personality and the ability to think on your feet, as well as a certain energy (be it high, low, gentle, heavy, light, etc) to your playing. Some pianists' playing will really drag a class down!

I am always happy to allow interested pianists the opportunity to sit in on classes. Do you have that option in your area? It's the best way to learn. Taking ballet classes and learning the names of exercises and positions yourself is also very helpful. :)

Hope that helps!

u/ejp1082 · 8 pointsr/nudism

If you're making a request for someone in your area, it generally helps to say what area you're in.

Some tips on how to get started:

  1. First - nail the fundamentals of photography. Learn about exposure, light, and composition, basic post-processing. You don't need a model to learn that, and if you try to shoot a model without really knowing that stuff you'll waste time and money. Practice on objects, practice by doing self portraiture, practice on a friend (they don't need to be nude).
  2. Have some idea of what it is you like and you're trying to accomplish. Go to museums. Study the masters. Buy some photo books full of art that you like in a style you might want to mimic, and look at the photos critically (a personal favorite. Or if you're looking for something with true nudist flavor.). Flickr/Instagram can be good resources as well. Look at the photos and ask what's going on with the lighting? Where was the photographer standing and what lens might they have been using? What would I say to a model to tell her to do this pose?
  3. Find a workshop or shootout in your area - search meetup or eventbrite. They're usually run as group shoots (multiple photographers shooting a model at once). These vary in quality (to say the least), but if you find a good one you'll learn a lot and get some shots to start a portfolio with. The worst ones are just a dozen guys snapping away at a hot naked girl. But the best ones will have organizers that can teach about lighting and posing and give you some opportunity to experiment and try things, and are really worthwhile.
  4. Hire a model yourself. As in, be prepared to pay them money for their time, talent and skill. An experienced model is worth their weight in gold if you're new at this. They'll know poses, they'll know angles, they'll bring their own ideas to the table and you'll learn a lot from them in the process. Friends and models willing to work for free are amateurs. If you yourself are an amateur as well, you'll just get amateur results. Once you're really experienced to the point that you can comfortably guide and post a model who has no idea what they're doing, then you can try pinching pennies on amateurs. Though honestly even then, the professionals are still worth it.

    When you talk to a model, be able to articulate a rough vision for the kinds of shots you're hoping to get. There are sub-genres of nude photography - nude in nature, figure lighting, erotica, boudoir/glamour, nude portraiture, etc. Stay within the bounds of whatever style the model agreed to.

    Some other things that I shouldn't have to say but will anyway. Don't touch the model. If the model says she's uncomfortable with something, don't ask her to do it again. Don't ask the model out, don't ask her for sex. Keep your clothes on when you're working with her. Do not, under any circumstances, take a photo of someone without their consent, especially if they're nude. Do not put that photo online in any way without the consent of the subject, especially if they're nude.

    I think nudist photography is a particularly difficult genre to do well, and probably isn't where you want to start out for that reason. It's actually closer to candid portraiture than art nudes - you might want to practice by taking photos at parties if you hope to one day shoot nudists. The ideal nudist photograph should have a storytelling quality to it - it should be a portrait of the subject and give a sense of who they are. It should give a sense about nudism itself, both what it is to the subject and just the lifestyle more generally. For that it needs context, either in the form of a story around the photo or within the photo itself.

    Good luck.
u/strawberry_ren · 2 pointsr/BALLET

It’s more of a hobby, not a business, we did those events on volunteer basis 90% of the time. But I’m working on starting an Etsy shop to sell my fiber arts (mostly embroidery, but who knows maybe one day I will sell yarn!)

Yeah, and port de bras are a bit different, the lines of the body are a bit different than in Cechetti (ie, instead of pointed feet, winged feet). This book would be great to check out if you’re interested: https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Ballet-Basic-Technique-Terminology/dp/0375710779

Yeah, for sure, not everyone is cut out to be a pro stage performer. (I’m not, anyway!) you went to an art high school? That’s really cool!!

Oh I never took any exams outside of the studio, and those were technically for level placement (although really I’m sure our teachers could place us fine without them, it was also about getting us used to a formal audition like setting I think).

That sounds awesome!! Do you know if they offer drop in classes? (I mean, like could I come once or twice without buying a whole session?) I ask because I live a few hours away in Michigan and I’m actually planning to visit Toronto this summer for a short trip, fingers crossed (I’ve heard waaaaay too many stories about good Asian food, and have a few friends in the Waterloo area, but ballet tourism is up my alley haha!)

Yeah, it’s not so bad because I have many friends in the town where that YMCA is, and I volunteer there, etc, so I can make a Saturday trip there worth my time.

u/coldize · 2 pointsr/capoeira

Get this book

It's awesome. It has a ton of exercises and some workout regiments already in there.

Like someone else has already said, the best way to get your body in shape for capoeira is to do capoeira, but this book is good for doing workouts that incorporate capoeira movements.

My particular favorite is called "serpent running" or something like that. You get in pushup position and then you rapidly switch between your left and right foot, like you're running. It's really hard and a great workout.

I also found this was a great way to supplement actual classes because I felt like I could try to just do the same routines and movements we learned in class but doing them by myself, I felt a huge lack of direction.

Good luck! Axe!

u/znewbie · 1 pointr/capoeira

There are lots, of varying quality.

Off the top of my head are the books by Nestor Capoeira, who is deeply respected for lots of reasons. He has a series of three books, only one is formatted as a sort of technical manual, but the others are highly entertaining and fascinating in their own right and discuss important elements beyond just the movements of capoeira.

http://www.amazon.com/Nestor-Capoeira/e/B001JRUQ8Y

There is also the Capoeira 100, and Capoeira Conditioning. These have some issues, while the contain photos of various movements, the instructions seem to go like "First, prepare to do the flip, next, perform the flip, finally, finish the flip." Also be aware that different capoeira groups use different names to refer to moves, there are very few that are completely stable between groups, so the names of the moves in the book might not be how they are referred to by any group you meet.

seriously though, google is your friend. So is amazon books.

There are lots of youtube videos, around too. Like Com Expressao who have a basic movements video, and some tutorials on more advanced moves, but those that i've seen do not discuss the use of those movements in the roda. They post here occasionally as well as /u/comexpressao .

u/brunerww · 1 pointr/Filmmakers

Glad I could help!

I'm glad you asked about books. Advice from the internet (including mine :)) has its limits. Here is what I recommend [Referral Links]:

u/tbp0701 · 1 pointr/Jazz

Welcome!

Jazz is quite varied so it's difficult to pick out an album unless you have some idea of his/her taste. Listeners of traditional jazz, for instance, tend to have a strong dislike of "smooth jazz" (and say things like "it's not jazz at all but instrumental pop"; well, at least I do). Were there any examples? I'm not familiar with the Cheating the Polygraph album. I listened to a couple samples and, while somewhat interesting, didn't wow me.

A couple I'd be interested in are Jack DeJohnette's In Movement found on UK Amazon here and ECM's product page here and Brad Mehldau's Blues and Ballads. I also just saw Mehldau's label, Nonesuch, has 15% off on its store liked here, but I don't know if they have a UK shop.

Again, those would be good ideas for me. This person may be very different or may already have them.

Another route may be some accessories, as there are quite a few related to vinyl. For instance, here are some inner record sleeves. You may want to consider outer sleeves, too. I didn't see the ones I know on the UK site, but there are a few. I think any vinyl collector could always use good sleeves.

There are a few book options, as well. I'd like this Jazz Image book, for instance.

u/GAndroid · 2 pointsr/SwingDancing

Well I can speak from personal experiance. I am one of those you would call "beat-deaf". If you dig my post history you will see that I posted here before asking for help. So here are my tips on how I did it, and then how to make it better:

How I did it:

  1. I put on HOUSE and soft house music. Yes you read that right.
  2. You cannot miss the beats of house music - it is so prominent that the next step up would be a metronome app.
  3. Anyways - I practised walking to the said beats for a month.

    How to make this better:

  4. Teach them charleston! This is much more fun to dance to, and play something around 120 bpm.
  5. I recommend electroswing. (or even soft house, who cares?)
  6. Teach some solo jazz - jump charleston to be precise.
  7. Once they are getting the hang of it, start with moves like a sendout. Keep the electroswing music.
  8. Gradually mix songs with really clear beats - and then go on with tuck turns, swingouts, frisbees.

    You can have nice and smooth songs playing too, but make sure people get the hang of the beat. Look, my dance teacher started with 5...6..7..8..
    ..but I had no idea what the fuck that 5 was? Why 5? Why not 1? or 2? (Yes I had no clue about music).


    Take a day to teach them what the 8 count is. Play some popular songs (katy perry would do as well!!!) and show them how this 8 counts of repeating beats are present in many dance songs. Get them to recognize the pattern. A good book to read (which I did) is this one: http://www.amazon.com/Every-Survival-Guide-Ballroom-Dancing/dp/093025144X

    (yeah ... that isnt a survival guide - it teaches musicality).

    Above all - ask them to forget the technicalities and enjoy it! :-)
u/Ghadzilla · 2 pointsr/Dance

Read. There are some fantastic books about choreography :

http://www.amazon.ca/Intimate-Choreography-Lynne-Anne-Blom/dp/0822953420/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1398315293&sr=8-5&keywords=choreography

Great book to start. In the end, know why you're making a dance, even if it's because of a song, or because of a feeling. Once you have that, hold onto that and see where it takes you.

Improvisation is exactly the same idea, except instead of a feeling or song, create tasks for yourself. Improvisation is a place for you to explore your physical body trying out tasks or ideas. So give yourself a simple idea or task or emotional state and go from there, the deeper you go, the more interesting your movement will become. Simple ones to start are creating shapes with your body, circles with your nose/limbs, circles in space, lines in space. Perhaps playing with tempo, quick movements, slow movements or no stillness. Level changes both quick and slow. What is it to dance happy, sad, heavy, jealous. Also know, certain tasks also create emotional responses, so dancing quickly with your feet may make you feel happy, but dancing slowly while making circles could perhaps create a melancholic feeling. Write these things down, remember and most importantly, have fun. Improvisation is about exploring and expanding what you think is possible, it's okay to fail, it's okay to look bad and dumb because only once you've done all that do you know how to look good.

Good luck! Message me if you have any more questions!

u/WorkedInTheory · 14 pointsr/drumcorps

That is simply a poorly written article.

Dance theory, choreography, and general concepts of contemporary dance are quite well defined and clearly articulated.

In the history of dance, there have been a number of approaches to formalize specific principles and vocabulary, even actual dance notation (Labanotation) was created to record specific choreographic movement in order to be reproduced. The availability of film and especially video made this obsolete.

Ballet is still actually the foundation of modern dance, which introduces variations of technique and extended vocabulary. It would literally be impossible to be a professional performer or choreographer in the contemporary sphere without not only a solid ballet foundation, but other well known principles set out since the Denishawn school (school founded by Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis that is considered the origin of contemporary dance's break with ballet).

Anyway, here are some essential reads that I would strongly encourage anyone that is interested in choreography or staging, especially in the context of marching arts, to read:

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The Art of Making Dances - Doris Humphrey (<<< critical read!)
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Making-Dances-Doris-Humphrey/dp/0871271583

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The Intimate Act of Choreography - Lynne Anne Blom & L. Tarin Chaplin

https://www.amazon.com/Intimate-Choreography-Lynne-Anne-Blom/dp/0822953420/

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Anatomy of Movement - Blandine Calais-Germain

https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Movement-Revised-Blandine-Calais-Germain/dp/0939616572

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Dance and the Specific Image - Daniel Nagrin

https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Specific-Image-Daniel-Nagrin/dp/0822955202

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Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet - Gail Grant

https://www.amazon.com/Technical-Manual-Dictionary-Classical-Ballet/dp/0486218430/

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The Routledge Studies Dance Reader - Alexandra Carter

https://www.amazon.com/Routledge-Dance-Studies-Reader/dp/0415485991

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Every Little Movement: A Book About Delsarte - Ted Shawn

https://www.amazon.com/Every-Little-Movement-About-Delsarte-ebook/dp/B01N1YQQXX/

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What Is Dance?: Readings in Theory and Criticism - Roger Copland & Marshall Cohen

https://www.amazon.com/What-Dance-Readings-Theory-Criticism/dp/0195031970

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The Illustrated Dance Technique of José Limon - Daniel Lewis

https://www.amazon.com/Illustrated-Dance-Technique-Jos%C3%A9-Lim%C3%B3n/dp/0871272091/

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There are so many more!

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Also recommended, free OCW course from MIT:

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Dance Theory and Composition

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/21m-675-dance-theory-and-composition-fall-2003/

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u/Open_Eye_Signal · 2 pointsr/ericprydz

Haha yeah I guess I could send it/post it later. It's not very good! I'm an undergrad still. It's actually about pop/commercial EDM, and how progressive house and trance were "transformed" into pop music.

If you're more interested in stuff like this, look up Mark Butler's book Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music. It's academic, but it's very interesting to see dance music really critically broken down and analyzed. That book generally discusses rhythms and form, and his book Playing with Something that Runs discussed how DJs interact with crowds and how forms different songs overlap to create form of a DJ set.

edit - forgot to mention, you can find that first book online for free pretty easily, I would highly recommend it!

u/ngroot · 3 pointsr/SwingDancing

Welcome to the friendliest, awesomest cult^ Wgroup of people on earth! :-) What scene do you dance in? We might be able to come up with more locally-relevant links. That said...

Things that pop to mind:

u/actingasevan · 1 pointr/acting

First off thanks for asking this question, I am very similar to you in pretty much everything said - landing auditions but I'm also somewhat stiff during them and wanted to see how to help with that.

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Along with what others said about training and dancing, I looked up potential resources that may help with movement in acting and purchased these 2 books - I haven't read either yet but you may find interest in them.

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1559362413/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0895949180/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

u/tabbycat · 1 pointr/BALLET

Back On Point has some good inspiration and workout plans. Its all geared towards getting 'back on pointe'. Somewhere on there she also posted a daily workout with different exercises... I'll have to dig around for the links later. I've found it pretty helpful :D



Also look into these:

u/Shenanigansandtoast · 1 pointr/aerialsilks

This book is really really interesting and helpful for training. It goes into detail on the physical mechanics of aerial.

Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to Strength, Flexibility, Training, and Injury Prevention https://www.amazon.com/dp/1623172160/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_eb23DbV6PS20J[Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to Strength, Flexibility, Training, and Injury Prevention ](https://www.amazon.com/dp/1623172160/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_eb23DbV6PS20J)

u/mjayb · 3 pointsr/Disco

Read Love Saves the Day. Amazing history of disco and dance music culture from about 70-79. Huge discography of all the music listed in the book. You can find a lot of the tracks on YouTube. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0822331985?pc_redir=1411127185&robot_redir=1

u/darksim905 · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Well , you want to look up dancing, cadence as it relates to dancing, fighting, and so on. The last time I saw a thread like this, or I inquired about it I came across these materials here and this here

I hope that's helpful to you :)

u/orodromeus · 2 pointsr/XFiles

It was! Great content with plenty of behind the scenes info, a lot of work on the looks/aesthetics of the thing.

If you're interested, Titan reprinted a selection of their articles into 3 volumes a couple of years ago. You can "look inside" a bit with Amazon previews:

https://www.amazon.com/X-Files-Official-Collection-Agents-Syndicate/dp/1782763716/

https://www.amazon.com/X-Files-Official-Collection-Monsters-Villains/dp/1782763724/

https://www.amazon.com/X-Files-Official-Collection-Conspiracy-Secrets/dp/1782763732/

u/Juridiwy · 2 pointsr/MMA

Ok, so if you are interested in some real capoeira history, this is one of the best books on the topic: https://www.amazon.com/Capoeira-History-Afro-Brazilian-Martial-Society/dp/0714680869

u/Pennwisedom · 4 pointsr/BALLET

If we are talking about an online dictionary. The simple Glossary of Ballet on Wikipedia should have all the common stuff and the ABT Ballet Dictionary has pronunciations and everything.

If you'd like an all-inclusive book that has 99% of everything, then the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant is great.

u/slideyfoot · 1 pointr/bjj

Yeah: a bunch of the songs on my phone are off one of his compilations, along with David Mancuso and Nicky Siano. There's a great book on how that whole disco thing evolved over the '70s, called Love Saves The Day, after one of Mancuso's parties (with the obvious double meaning).

u/pamitata · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

you want weird, you shall get weird:


Classic ice breaker. Leave an impression that lasts.

So you never feel lonely even where one goes on it's own.

Just in time for oscar's season, you can be the oscar.


if you're into beautiful coffee table display books, here's a very nice addition of the fine arts and if you happen to own a cat and are into repurposing what others would consider trash, here's another good read

u/fucking_unicorn · 1 pointr/Aerials

If you take the pills before class, make sure they're not muscle relaxers (aleve has naproxin which is a muscle relaxer) lol.

Here is the book I mentioned in my comment to you (I'm not a sponsor or anything, I'm just finding this book to be really valuable and it's filling in some of the gaps for me while I look for a solid private instructor. Right now, I just drop into group classes.) https://www.amazon.com/Applied-Anatomy-Aerial-Arts-Illustrated/dp/1623172160/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=1L9KKLE4MN5NZ&keywords=applied+anatomy+of+aerial+arts&qid=1551311745&s=gateway&sprefix=applied+anatomy%2Caps%2C192&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1

u/cavelioness · 2 pointsr/TrollBookClub

OP might also enjoy Dancing With Cats. I highly recommend it!

u/smellsofelderberry · 2 pointsr/capoeira

Thanks! I'll take your word for it. As far as books on Capoeira go I've only read a few so I don't have many to compare it to. One of those was Nestor Capoeira's The Little Capoeira Book which also has a nice bit on maliçia. On that topic, I also once heard him comparing everything you do in the roda can be analogous to something in life. You wouldn't trust a complete stranger not to deceive you in certain situations and you should do the same in the roda. It's something I've always remembered.

My issue with the book would be with the person who wrote it. I could not trust an author, who claimed to be something he wasn't, to write a book about the capoeira journey. It's ironically an example of real life malicia. It's snakeoil.

u/danscannnn · 2 pointsr/vinyl

Not about vinyl, per se, but Tim Lawrence's Love Saves the Day is a fantastic read on the early years of American dance/DJ culture.

A lot of it deals with the politics between record companies and the (non-radio) DJs used to promote their records in clubs, in public, etc. It also talks about the birth of the 12" single and how that completely fucked with music industry economics at the time. One of my favorite music reads.

u/sloth_lifestyle · 6 pointsr/BALLET

Classical Ballet Technique https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Ballet-Technique-Gretchen-Warren/dp/0813009456
I've had this one for years. I liked it a lot, especially when I first started. It has a lot of pictures and details. It's more of a coffee table book size, definitely can't keep that in your dance bag!

I also second the recommendation for Gail Grant's Technical Manual and Dictionary
https://www.amazon.com/Technical-Manual-Dictionary-Classical-Ballet/dp/0486218430/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=4325M8ZFCY5EHDJ6N826

u/Lonever · 2 pointsr/martialarts

I've trained for about 6 years. Am not in Brazil but I'm planning to visit and stay there for at decent period of time.

My expertise is as a student of the art, from my experience of studying the art, discussion with Mestres of different capoeira schools and philosophy, as well as studying books and secondary historical sources (I recommend this this book)

To put it in context, let me explain to you a brief history of pre-academy capoeira as well as broad categories of capoeira styles that exists to day.

As we know, before Mestre Bimba created his school, capoeira was forbidden (that's why he first school's name did not have the word capoeira in it). Mestre Bimba thought that capoeira at that time was not effective, therefore he added some moves from other martial arts and created the first capoeira training system. Before this, capoeristas would just learn by imitation and playing in the roda (pronounced ho-dah).

As Bimba's style became more popular, the traditional style of capoeira became less and less so. Mestre Pastinha created his school and they called the traditional style Capoeira Angola. Today, the term is (somewhat problematically) used to describe any style that is considered traditional and not under Mestre Bimba.

Another term that you will come across is Capoeira Contemporanea, which just means comtemparary capoeira and is used to describe any styles that don't fall under Regional or Angola)

Capoeira Angola today is more ritualistic and focuses more on cleverness and tricks. The moves are (in general) more dance-like and hey (generally) play lower to the ground.

The style in the video is more towards a modern Regional style that focuses on martial effectiveness, speed, and objectivity.

There's also a style that emerged in São Paolo that merges both the styles. A famous group among is my group (CDO) that is today famous for acrobatics, lack of a backbone, and versatility.

Each different style generally has good reasoning for why they do things a particular way. The main problem with portraying capoeira as a fight is that even the most aggressive, objective groups generally still "play". While a capoeira game can degenerate into a fight, that is rarely a desired outcome, fueled usually by ego or some personal beef.

The old capoeristas used to call capoeira vadiaçao, which loosely translated means vagrancy, or in other words, just wasting time and hanging out.

That is why a capoeira game is inherently more than a fight, because there is a lot of things outside of martial ability to consider.

u/created_sequel · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

I have been procrastinating reading The Viewpoints Book for almost a decade, because while I feel it has value in some areas of theater, it has not been super helpful to me. I finally started it this week, and, while some of my issues with it remain the same, it has not only been a surprisingly enjoyable read, but is surprisingly holistic!

u/Orsson · 3 pointsr/martialarts

A friend of mine got me interested in stage combat and other choreography. Consider picking up a copy of this.

u/zck · 1 pointr/improv

Oh, neat! This is the book?

u/theOnliest · 2 pointsr/musictheory

Here's a second to Mark Butler's work. Unfortunately, like a lot of theory books, it's really expensive (because libraries will basically pay any price for books).

However, Butler's first book, Unlocking the Groove, is only 27 bucks on Amazon right now. This is the pioneering work on the theory behind dance/electronic music, and is well worth a read.

u/koolyomka · 5 pointsr/gifs

I don't think you understand much about Capoeira. Try giving this a read.

u/wtdylan97 · 2 pointsr/XFiles

I think The Complete X-Files: Behind the Scenes, the Myths and the Movies is a book which covers this sort of stuff. I haven't read it yet, because I am waiting for the Revised and Updated Edition which includes Season 10 to come out in November.

There is also The X-Files Official Collection, which is content from the official X-Files magazine, which was released while the original series ran, collected into three volumes:

u/fertilestoat · 2 pointsr/aww

This reminded me of this book ...

u/Mygo73 · 1 pointr/acting

Check out the Viewpoints book by Anne Bogart. Her techniques are an invaluable resource for movement on stage

http://www.amazon.com/The-Viewpoints-Book-Practical-Composition/dp/1559362413

u/tsukiii · 4 pointsr/BALLET

Classical Ballet Technique, by Gretchen Warren. It has step-by-step breakdowns (with photos of professional dancers from the late 80s) of everything from plies to ballet running.

u/feed_me_ramen · 3 pointsr/Aerials

One thing that helped me was just figuring out which damn muscles I need to activate in inversions and other tricks. This book has been highly helpful in that regard, but I am also regularly seeing a physical therapist for various shoulder/elbow/grip issues (it’s a long story) so I get to ask her all sorts of questions.

Plus that book is packed full of exercises that even my PT nor my instructors know.

u/Cleops · 1 pointr/oldpeoplefacebook

Bwahahaha :D My evil plan has worked.

Seriously though - I found a neat tool recently you can use to stop your amazon likes from appearing on Facebook. It is here for PC/Mac and here if you are browsing FB on your phone with an iphone or android