Introduction (new, by JR) * 1. A Most Obedient Servant * 2. The Rise of Professionalism * 3. The Development of the Ballet d'Action * 4. Ascent and Descent * 5. Crystallization and Ferment in Russia * 6. First Steps towards a New Form * 7. `Astonish Me' * 8. Truly Modern * 9. The Decentralization of Ballet * 10. The Metamorphosis of Growth * 11. A Time of Growth * 12. Moving into the New Millennium (revised and extended by JR) * Endmatter
An essential guide to western dance from the 16th century to the present
Dance historian and author Susan Au was an archivist, dance historian and writer; James Rutter is a freelance arts critic and former lecturer based in Philadelphia.
'Immediately readable and impressively panoramic...with a wealth of illustrations and newly-researched detail' - Times Literary Supplement