|INSIDE:||174 colour photographs, 6 line drawings|
'Whosoever danceth not, knoweth not the way of life.'At the time that this line from a second-century Gnostic hymn was written, dancing was still 'of the people, for the people, by the people', a medium in which man took his first faltering steps towards prayer and religion. It is at this dance of the common people - folk dance - that this book takes a long look.
Country by country, it explores and compares the cultural traditions that underpin folk dance in various part of Europe, and it considers the importance of dance both as a patriotic statement and as a force for education and interntional communication.
It covers: The history and development of folk dance The influence of environment and national character on dance styles The language of music as an expression of national identity National costume - its development and significance Step-by-step descriptions of particular national dances and accompanying music The role of national dance as the foundation for modern dance disciplines