New Dance Books

Soloists ignited the modern dance movement and have been a source of its constant renewal. Pioneering dancers such as Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Maud Allan embodied the abstraction and individuality of the larger modernist movement while making astounding contributions to their art. Nevertheless, solo dancers have received far less attention in the literature than have performers and choreographers associated with large companies.

In On Stage Alone, editors Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy take an international approach to the solo dance performance. The essays in this standout volume broaden the dance canon by bringing to light modern dance soloists from Europe, Asia, and the Americas who have shaped significant, sustained careers by performing full programs of their own choreography.

Featuring in-depth examinations of the work of artists such as Michio Ito, Daniel Nagrin, Ann Carlson, and many others,On Stage Alonereveals the many contributions made by daring solo dancers from the dawn of the twentieth century through today. In doing so, it explores many important statements these soloists made regarding topics such as freedom, personal space, individuality, and gender in the modern era.

The Dance Bible is a book for beginners who have the passion to dance but are unsure how to transform their creative impulse into a career.

  • Advises readers on modern dance, jazz, ballet, contemporary, non-western forms, and even street dance
  • Describes and discuses training regimes and fundamental dance techniques
  • Offers suggestions on how to develop one’s own unique style of expression
  • Dancers get advice on physical conditioning and learning to care for their body, on and off the stage

Finally, the author offers detailed advice on how beginning dancers can effectively market their talent, maximize income, and sustain a successful career in the highly competitive world of dance.

In Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire, Pan emerges as a man in full, an artist inseparable from his works. He was a choreographer deeply interested in his dancers’ personalities, and his dances became his way of embracing and understanding the outside world. Though his time in a Trappist monastery proved to him that he was more suited to choreography than to life as a monk, Pan remained a deeply devout Roman Catholic throughout his creative life, a person firmly convinced of the powers of prayer. While he was rarely to be seen without several beautiful women at his side, it was no secret that Pan was homosexual and even had a life partner. As Pan worked at the nexus of the cinema industry’s creative circles during the golden age of the film musical, this book traces not only Pan’s personal life but also the history of the Hollywood musical itself. It is a study of Pan, who emerges here as a benevolent perfectionist, and equally of the stars, composers, and directors with whom he worked, from Astaire and Rogers to Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Bob Fosse, George Gershwin, Samuel Goldwyn, and countless other luminaries of American popular entertainment.

Rochester’s Fringe Festival September 19-23, 2012

Welcome to the Fringe

Five days. Dozens of shows. All on display throughout Rochester. It’s a festival the likes of which Rochester has never seen before. A spectacular celebration of the performing and visual arts in the heart of Rochester’s East End, featuring world-renowned performers as well as up-and-comers.

The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival

The Rochester Fringe Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that connects venues, performers, artists, educational institutions and the audience. We give artists and performers the freedom to stage their own work and venues to decide their own programming. The Fringe was pioneered by several of Rochester’s premier cultural institutions, including Geva Theatre Center, the George Eastman House and Garth Fagan Dance, as well as up-and-coming groups like PUSH Physical Theatre and Method Machine. Our Board of Directors includes representatives from the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, RIT, Center for Youth, Boylan Code LLC, and Mengel Metzger Barr. Additionally, numerous colleges, government representatives, museums, galleries and philanthropic organizations have joined in enthusiastic support of Rochester’s first fringe festival.


In 1947, eight theatre groups turned up – uninvited – to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. The groups performed at venues they arranged themselves. The following year, Scottish journalist Robert Kemp coined the term “fringe festival” to describe these renegade performers. Today, there are more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide, with approximately 20 existing within the United States. Each fringe festival is a creative and economic engine for its host communities. For example, last year the Edinburgh Fringe saw 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in 258 venues lasting the entire month of August. It grosses over $100 million annually for the Scottish economy.

Dance Festival Hosted by Local College

Today Nazareth College Arts Center will host their 3rd Annual Dance Festival. For the first time since its beginning, the Festival will partner with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. The RPO will survey American dance music, featuring guest dancers from the West Coast.

The Festival will feature performances by two-time 2011 Bessie Award winner Beth Gill, Chicago’s acclaimed Luna Negra Dance Theater, Buffalo’s wildly popular, “organically athletic,” LehrerDance, the dynamic contemporary dance company, FuturPointe Dance, and will end with a tour-DE-force performance by the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company. For ticket information visit the College’s website at

The Festival will also offer many free classes and activities such as Master Classes, Community Dances, Outdoor Performances and Choreographer conversations. The Festival organizers are hoping to top last year’s participation of 6,000 festival goers.