Ballet and Modern Dance

Susan Au, James Rutter


Dance’s extraordinary range extends from classical ballet and baroque court spectacles to avant-garde modern dance, tap, and ethnic dancing. This comprehensive history covers the entire spectrum, vividly describing the great performers and performances of the past as well as exploring in detail the contemporary dance world.

A generous selection of illustrations completes the picture, taking the reader from the dancing of Louis XIV’s court to the experimental choreography of today.

For this third edition, Philadelphia-based dance critic James Rutter has written a new introduction and a revised and extended final chapter, “Moving into the New Millennium.”


Will be of benefit to all dance lovers.

— Backstage


Susan Au


Susan Au is a freelance writer and dance historian. She is a contributor to The International Encyclopedia of Dance and was the American consultant for The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet.

James Rutter