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The Place of Dance
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The Place of Dance is written for the general reader as well as for dancers. It reminds us that dancing is our nature, available to all as well as refined for the stage. Andrea Olsen is an internationally known choreographer and educator who combines the science of body with creative practice. This workbook integrates experiential anatomy with the process of moving and dancing, with a particular focus on the creative journey involved in choreographing, improvising, and performing for the stage. Each of the chapters, or "days," introduces a particular theme and features a dance photograph, information on the topic, movement and writing investigations, personal anecdotes, and studio notes from professional artists and educators for further insight. The third in a trilogy of works about the body, including Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy and Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide, The Place of Dance will help each reader understand his/her dancing body through somatic work, create a dance, and have a full journal clarifying aesthetic views on his or her practice. It is well suited for anyone interested in engaging embodied intelligence and living more consciously.
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ANDREA OLSEN is a professor of dance and the John Elder Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. She performs and teaches internationally and is a contributing editor to Contact Quarterly. CARYN McHOSE has a private practice in somatic movement therapy in Holderness, New Hampshire, and has taught creative movement internationally for more than forty years. She is coauthor, with Kevin Frank, of How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness.

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"This title explores four movement themes: moving, making, collaborating, and living. ... Olsen provides useful ideas, structure, and support for those interested in movement exploration."--Barbara Kundanis "Library Journal" (3/1/2014 12:00:00 AM) "This latest book offers dancers a way to explore their craft at a deeper level in a 31-day somatic guide. For every day, Olsen presents section prompts that push readers to do, to dance, to speak and to present--but also to write. She encourages them to explore a different discipline by placing the dance stories of their lives on paper, and suggests a number of angles from which to do so. Olsen's book could be instructive to women's memoirists as well. ... She employs global visual images, stories, and practices. ... Olsen's style serves as an example of how to bring creativity to memoir, even though Olsen herself may not term her book a memoir."--Lanie Tankard "Women's Memoirs" (7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM) "Olsen finds her fresh edge with a holistic vision with which to dance, make dances and move through life."--Desiree Dunbar "Dance International Magazine" (10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM) "This book provides contemporary dance makers with a guide for developing personal creative process. ... Well-chosen black-and-white photos and illustrations support the text."--S.E. Friedler "Choice" (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM) Olsen finds her fresh edge with a holistic vision with which to dance, make dances and move through life. Desiree Dunbar, Dance International Magazine" This book provides contemporary dance makers with a guide for developing personal creative process. Well-chosen black-and-white photos and illustrations support the text. S.E. Friedler, Choice Magazine" This latest book offers dancers a way to explore their craft at a deeper level in a 31-day somatic guide. For every day, Olsen presents section prompts that push readers to do, to dance, to speak and to present but also to write. She encourages them to explore a different discipline by placing the dance stories of their lives on paper, and suggests a number of angles from which to do so. Olsen s book could be instructive to women s memoirists as well. She employs global visual images, stories, and practices. Olsen s style serves as an example of how to bring creativity to memoir, even though Olsen herself may not term her book a memoir. Lanie Tankard, Women s Memoirs" This title explores four movement themes: moving, making, collaborating, and living . Olsen provides useful ideas, structure, and support for those interested in movement exploration. Barbara Kundanis, Library Journal"

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