Learning about Dance: Dance as an Art Form and Entertainment provides insights into the many aspects of dance and encourages students to keep an open mind and think critically about the exciting, daring, ever-changing and dynamic world of dance. Written in an easy-to-read format, Learning about Dance is especially useful for those who do not have a wide and varied dance background, such as students in an introductory level or survey dance course. This full color sixth edition covers all the diverse elements that make up the world of dance. Beginning with a broad historic overview of the art form, the book moves into an engaging discussion of the respective roles of the dancer, choreographer and audience. This section is followed by more detailed considerations of the origins and evolution of the major genres: ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, modern, post-modern dance, dance in world cultures, improvisation, creative dance, and social dance.