On the pages under this banner I offer content and purchase information on resources that I, Dr John Gardiner-Garden, have produced to help people better understand and enjoy our wonderful dance and dance music heritage. Click on picture or links below to go to a web-page showing more detail contents of works.
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STOP PRESS: 33 NEW PUBLICATIONS available from LULU
31 of the new books are dedicated to historical dance and 2 offer original choreographies in historical styles are available.
At the very end of this page read also about 2 sets not available from LULU.
See below for ordering options- including option of big discount on whole set.
31-book magnum opus Dancing through the Ages – 30 years in the making, it will be a library at your finger-tips.
Dancing through the Ages is an 10,800 page work offering background on, reconstruction of, and chorded music for nearly 1,000 dances from between from 1400 to 1900, as well as extensive notes analysing links between these dances, the evolution of dance forms, movement ideas and notation systems through this 500 period, and the changing nature of ball culture and dance sources in countries across the old and new word. The whole is supported by thousands of quotations, diagrams and illustrations from original sources.
The work is broken into 31 books, each of between 300 and 460 (average 350) double-sided A4 pages. After the 'Orientation and Overview' book 1, the work is organised into ten 'Volumes', each of 3 books.
Each 3-book Volume is devoted to a particular period and consists of 1,000 plus pages of research, discussion, analysis, illustrations, musical scores, dance reconstructions, source extracts, transcriptions and translations. The first book (Part 1a-d) looks at dancing in general (the social, political and geographic contexts in which dance and the institution of the ball was evolving; the nature and evolution of the period’s main forms of dance; dance elements such as style, etiquette, honours, holds, formations, figures and steps; developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and period-relevant primary sources (including little known ones). The second and third books (Part 2a and Part 2b respectively) offer sources and music for, and reconstructions and analysis of dozens of dances from the relevant period, presented in alphabetic order.
N.B. Because of the interconnectivity of dance over the 500 years covered by this series (and the cross-referencing between books in the series), it is recommended that you order the full set—which means clicking individually on all 31 books in the series. If your interest is exclusively in a particular period it is recommended that
in addition to ordering the books pertaining to that particular period, you also order books from the adjacent period collections plus the invaluable Book 1: 'Orientation and Overview' (which beside many other things, offers a bibliography, consolidated contents, and comparative dance evolution analysis that helps better understand the dances and dance history presented in all the other volumes).
TO ORDER there are 2 options.
EITHER go to the LULU Spotlight page for these books, select 'Sort by Publication Date Ascending' and put as many as you like in their shopping cart. The books are all AUS$36 each (approximately US$27), plus postage. LULU does not offer discounts on book sets but per-book postage will diminish with the more books in your order. As your books will be sent from the nearest Lulu printer on your continent, you will not be paying for overseas shipping and will not be waiting long for the books to arrive. Orders are normally filled at local postage rates within a week.
OR let us (as author) place an order on your behalf for all 33 new books (the 31 in the Dancing through the Ages series plus our 2 other new LULU-published dance books described below) for just $890 (plus shipping), a discount of more than 25%, saving you about $300 and saving you the problem of trying to place a long LULU order yourself. To take up this offer, just email us with your full name, postal address and phone number, and we will generate a 33-book LULU order and shipping quote for you, send an invoice with payment options to you for AUD$890 plus the shipping amount, and, upon receipt of payment, we will activate the LULU order for you. Your order will be sent from the nearest LULU printer on your continent so it won't take long to arrive.
Should you have any questions about any of the publications or how to order them please email us or phone using the number given on the home page.
For images of front covers and links to contents either scroll down or go to Dancing through the Ages Orientation and Overview, 1400-1550, 1550-1600, 1600-1650, 1650-1700, 1700-1750, 1750-1800, 1800-1825, 1825-1850, 1850-1875, 1875-1900