A lively, well-planned compendium of information about the dance, in an anthology to which the contributors have brought not only their knowledge but their inspiration. History, styles, schools, the complex structure of social and religious influences, the personalities and opinions of contemporary dancers, the historical and individual sources of universal man's urge to dance. The editor -- for the sake of balance- has placed conflicting ideas side by side, -Ruth St Denis speaking for the dance as the interpretation of the pulse of the universe, a means to the integration of soul and body; George Balanchine echoing the traditional ballet theory as a technique for artistic accomplishment, perfection of rhythmical pattern. Morton Could writes on music and the dance; Mary Jane Hungerford on technological progress, the alliance between the dance and the camera; Pearl Primus on the quality of the dance in the African tribal ceremonies; La Merl on sociological progression evidenced in the highly developed folk patterns of Flemenco and the Hindu Naetya. A collection that should provide keen delight to anyone interested in the dance.