Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 June 2018

376 Pages | 305 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195382181

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Dance Me a Song

Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical

Beth Genné

  • Traces Astaire's, Balanchine's, and Kelly's collaborations with composers and film-makers, crossing stylistic and class boundaries to develop a truly modern dance style and genres for the film musical
  • Contextualizes their work within the history of dance, music, and film and its roots in the diverse dance and music cultures of jazz age America's nation of immigrants
  • Fusing new research with archival discoveries, shows Balanchine's contributions to the musical, and in turn its influence on his ballet works
  • Shows how concepts and visual-musical devices derived from dance-making would give entire films, both musical and non-musical, the rhythmic flow and feeling of dance