ACRL Arts Section Blog

January 6, 2010

Author to Speak at DLDG Meeting in Boston

Cover of "The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston" by Jody Weber

Please join us at the Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting in Boston.  In addition to time for discussion topics, we are fortunate to be joined by Dr. Jody Weber, author of the recent book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston (Cambria Press, 2009).

Dr. Weber’s research for the book “explores the regional revolutionaries who advocated for physical activity and self expression for women in the latter part of the nineteenth century. As new systems developed and took root, they created fertile ground for the ‘barefoot’ dance introduced by the Italian Braggiotti sisters in 1919. Just ten years later, Boston produced some of America’s most dedicated dance educators whose work influenced the national and international dance scene. Dancers such as Jan Veen and Miriam Winslow were able to articulate their vision for a bold new form of dance training that incorporated the best ideas from available techniques and contemporary thought.  Their national tours influenced small communities that were often overlooked by New York’s professional community, providing a grassroots exposure to the developing form of modern dance.  Through their efforts to educate both dancers and audience members, Boston’s modern dance community contributed to the growth of modern dance both regionally and nationally.”

Look for the full meeting agenda to be posted in a few days both here and on the Dance Librarians Discussion Group community site on ALAConnect.  For those of you who cannot make it to Boston, please consider registering as a member of our online community as we also try to experiment with some informal, virtual chat during ALA Midwinter and beyond.

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