Acknowledgements. List of Illustrations. Introduction. 1. The Romantic Ballet 2. The Russian Imperial Ballet 3. Early Modern Dance 4. Early Modern Ballet 5. Modern Dance 6. Modern Ballet Envoi.
Sally Banes is Marian Hannah Winter Professor of Theatre and Dance History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published widely on dance.
"Banes, an internationally known dance historian and critic, has
written an extraordinary, fresh interpretation of dance history
from a feminist perspective. . . . [S]he suggests new ways of
seeing the female dancer. . . . Banes supports her work with
in-depth, well-documented evidence, but she retains a
reader-friendly style. An excellent addition to collections serving
upper-division undergraduates through professionals, this book will
have an audience that extends beyond scholars of dance."
-"Choice, November 1998
"Banes...grounds her sophisticated critical reflections in the material realities of dance production, performance, and audience reception. In the process, she offers what is a rarity in any field: an inquiry that sustains itself over the course of an eminently readable book."
"Is the sort of narrative that draws one on in fascinated pursuit of the author's guiding thread as it snakes through more than a century of danceperformance...Banes' is the sort of book that makes me want to sit down with the author and argue a bit, I disagree with this, find that misleading, note an error here, want to pursue a question there. In other words, it's provocative. And a remarkable achievement."
"After Banes, ballerina brides and modern dance witches will never seem the same. Neither victim nor vamp but a little of everything in between, the mainstream dancing woman, thanks to Banes, recovers some of a real woman's complexity."
-Cathryn Harding, "The Isthmus
..."and impressive attempt to recast western dance history since the early 19th century from a feminist perspective, Banes's assiduously researched and often imaginativetext is aimed primarily at fellow academics and dance practitioners, but even the uninitiated, who only occasionally attend a dance performance, may find the book entertaining and intellectually stimulating."