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To Dance is Human

A Theory of Nonverbal Communication

Exploring dance from the rural villages of Africa to the stages of Lincoln Center, Judith Lynne Hanna shows that it is as human to dance as it is to learn, to build, or to fight. Dance is human thought and feeling expressed through the body: it is at once organized physical movement, language, and a system of rules appropriate in different social situations. Hanna offers a theory of dance, drawing on work in anthropology, semiotics, sociology, communications, folklore, political science, religion, and psychology as well as the visual and performing arts. A new preface provides commentary on recent developments in dance research and an updated bibliography.

350 pages | 13 halftones, 15 line drawings | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1979, 1987

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Music: Ethnomusicology

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Dance?
3. Psyche and Soma: Some Bases of the Human Phenomenon of Dance
4. Dance Movement and the Communication of Sociocultural Patterns
5. Dance in Religion: Practicality and Transcendentalism
6. Dance Rites in Political Thought and Action
Case A. Dance of Anáhuac: For God or Man in Prehistory?
Case B. Ubakala Dance-Plays: Mediators of Paradox
7. Warrior Dances: Transformations through Time
8. The Urban Ecosystem of Dance
9. Directions for the Future
1. Dance Movement Data Categories
2. Ubakala Dance-Play Profiles
3. Dance Representations Classificatory Framework

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