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Publisher's Summary

When The Phenomenology of Dance was first published in 1966, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone asked, "When we look at a dance, what do we see?" Her questions about the nature of our experience of dance and the nature of dance as a formed and performed art are still provocative and acutely significant today. Sheets-Johnstone considers dance an aesthetic mode of expression and integrates theories of dance into philosophical discussions of the nature of movement.

Back in print after nearly 20 years, The Phenomenology of Dance provides an informed approach to teaching dance and to dance education, appreciation, criticism, and choreography. In addition to the foreword by Merce Cunningham from the original edition and the preface from the second edition, this 50th anniversary edition includes an in-depth introduction that critically and constructively addresses present-day scholarship on movement and dance.

The book is published by Temple University Press.

©2015 Temple University, of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

" The Phenomenology of Dance is both a germinal work in dance philosophy and a unique advocacy statement for a phenomenological approach to dance in education. Sheets-Johnstone's vision of dance was ahead of its time, as cogent today as in 1966." (Karen E. Bond, Temple University)
" The Phenomenology of Dance is essential reading." (Helen Payne, University of Hertfordshire, England)
"This is a pathbreaking book both for dance studies and for phenomenology." (Robert P. Crease, Stony Brook University)

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