The Vision of Modern Dance edited by Brown, Mindlin and Woodford. This is a great compilation of essays by modern dance founders and visionaries, like Duncan, Graham, Humphrey, Cunningham, Taylor, Ailey, and many, many more. This history of modern dance is informational and inspirational. Great for choreographers, performers, teachers and students.
Making Connections by Peggy Hackney. This book works through the Bartinieff fundamentals, complete with exercises and illustrations. The fundamentals are a wonderful way to improve the mind-body connection. The book is useful not just for dancers, but for other body workers, like Pilates instructors!
The Art of Making Dances by Doris Humphrey. I used this book in improv/composition class in college. And I still refer to it regularly. Written by a founding mother of modern dance, Doris Humphrey, this book is practical for choreographers and students especially.
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. This book is not just for dancers and/or choreographers. While Tharp is one of the leading modern dance choreographers, this book is great for cultivating creativity in all aspects of life.
The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing. The Foundation Center’s job is keep track of philanthropic resources, so they should know what they are talking about! This small book is a great start to writing grants, for individuals or organizations!
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. I hope you’ve used this book before. If you are writing (grants, blog posts, program notes), you should be familiar with The Elements. Applying these skills will make you a better writer, and often, in the arts, writing well leads to money! This book is small, inexpensive, easy to use, and an absolute bookshelf MUST for anyone who writes anything!
Auditioning for the Musical Theatre by Fred Silver. A small, easy-to-read book, full of common sense tips and tricks. Great for students and teachers.
I just ordered Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course from Amazon. I’ll let you know how it is. Has anyone else read/used this?
A Return to Life Through Contrology and Your Health by Joseph Pilates. Written by the man himself, it is the definitive written works of the Pilates exercise method. These 2 works come together as The Pilates Primer: Millennium Edition. Mr. Pilates writes on his theory of exercise, the creation of his work and the importance of a mind-body connection. The book includes photos of Mr. Pilates performing the exercises.
See Making Connections above.
Anything and everything Seth Godin has written. If you own your own business, or want to, Seth is a Linchpin. His writing is witty, easy-to-read, practical. He gets me to ask the big questions, make hard choices, and most importantly, to get moving!