From ballet to Broadway and from Hollywood to hip-hop: a how-to.
Brief histories of different dance forms are interspersed with frequent boxed highlights, sidebars, and profiles of current and former members of the dance world. Van der Linde begins by stating her belief that “[e]arly people did not consider dance as entertainment but as an essential form of expression.” Dance as religious ritual in India, Japan and Thailand receives mention as does dance as court entertainment in France and in Italy. She moves on to the realms of ballet, Broadway and Hollywood musicals, contemporary dance, sports dance squads, college programs, and related careers in costume design, dance therapy and photography. She even encourages couch potatoes to try social dancing. Librarians should note that some of the activities, such as a word search and matching ballet scores with the composer, are write-ins. The book is copiously illustrated with line drawings, although curiously, only text is used to describe the five ballet foot positions and hip-hop steps. Readers may well feel the absence of diagrams.
Teens interested in any and all aspects of a career in dance will find useful and entertaining information here. (resources, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)