The primacy of choreographer as auteur threads together this two-decades bundle of reviews and essays from N. K Times dance critic Anderson. Four general pieces about choreography proper (one, ""Confessions of a Choreography Watcher,"" written for this book) precede pieces clustered around six areas of concern: revivals of classic ballets; contemporary masters of choreography (Balanchine, Robbins, Cunningham, etc.); the balletic heritage; modern dance; imagistic dance; and problems and prospects of dance--with each area ushered in by a brief, pointed introduction ("". . .it is possible to worry about American dance. No unmistakably important new ballet choreographer has developed in recent years. . .""). Eschewing technical language, Anderson here reveals the beating heart of dance: well done.