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A Creative Art Experience

Margaret N. H'Doubler; with a new essay by Mary Alice Brennan

Publication Year: 1957

A landmark book in dance education is now back in print, its message as valid today as it was more than fifty years ago

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Margaret H'Doubler: An Appreciation

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pp. ix-xv

The adage "Timing is everything" is particularly relevant to the republishing of this classic in the dance literature. This text, written almost 60 years ago, embodies the thinking of a woman whose singular vision propelled dance into the realm of higher education where it has not only...

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Foreword to the 1957 Edition

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pp. xvii-xviii

In a day and age when machines have all but conquered the world, and when man, the maker, has become the slave of his own inventions, it is not strange that we find education almost as regimented and pigeonholed as the humans who administer it. Our great factories...

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pp. xix-xxi

In essence, Dance: a Creative Art Experience is a discussion of the basic aspects and enduring qualities of dance, which are within the reach of everyone. Its main purpose is to set forth a theory and a philosophy that will help us to see dance scientifically as well as...

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pp. xxiii

In the attempt to assemble and put down In writing my thoughts and convictions concerning a subject that has long been one of study, thought, constant reading, observation, discussion, and active teaching, I cannot help realizing the many sources to which I am indebted...

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pp. xxv-xxxv

To be born and be active and alive is to be endowed with a quickening "life-force" that animates us throughout our individual lives. The direction this force takes is to protect and preserve life, and to propagate its kind, manifesting behavior of moving toward or away...

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1. A Cultural Survey of Dance

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pp. 3-46

EVERY AGE has had its dance, and the fact that dance has lived is evidence of its value. The universal interest in dance rests upon the fact that it carries on and systematizes an activity that is operative in everyone's experience. It is coexistent with life...

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2. The Province of Dance

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pp. 49-56

To understand art fully and to appreciate the claims of dance as art, we must first appreciate the relations which have existed between man and his works-between the mind and its manifold expressions. The clarification of these relations will help us to understand the nature...

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3. Education Through Dance

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pp. 59-66

IF DANCE is to function again as a vital experience in the lives of our people, it must be the responsibility of our educators. The inclusion of dance in the general education program is the one means of giving free opportunity to every child for experiencing...

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4. Technique and Expression

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pp. 69-97

CIVILIZATION is the state of man. Man of all creatures is destined by the laws of his very nature to scale the heights according to his capacities for vision. His life is spent in seeking relations to the outside world. Living—being, adapting, becoming...

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5. Form as Organic Unity

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pp. 101-108

If we grant that everything (whether a material object, such as an apple, or an idea, mood, or image of the mind) has form, a shape or defining characteristic by which it is known, then form is the "appearance" in which an external or internal experience presents...

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6. Form and Content

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pp. 111-131

A dance begins with impressions, with sensory or psychic images which may be subjective or objective in origin. We may dance our feelings about ourselves, about our fellowmen, or about the nature of the universe as we feel and know it. Whatever the source...

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7. Form and Structure

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pp. 135-148

THE IDEA of form becomes increasingly complex, for there must be not only unity of the psychological elements that give form to content, but also unity of the motor elements resulting in the observed structure. This observed form is what is usually...

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8. Dance and Music

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pp. 153-158

A DISCUSSION of dance would be incomplete without some reference to music. It is quite possible to dance without music, and dance should be recognized and experienced as an independent art. But because of the very special and organic relationship...

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9. Why Dance?

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pp. 161-168

LIFE, in all its forms, is a manifestation of a quickening force sensed as energy. Coexistent with this force, and regulating its flow, is the phenomenon of rhythm. Without its principle of order and proportion all would be chaos. Its presence is revealed in the life patterns...

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780299015237
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299015244

Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 1957

Edition: Second Edition