Dancing Over 50 Book

“Every experience I’ve had in my life is a resource in my body.” -Anna Halprin

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Purchase your copy of Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond!

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Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond is a book celebrating dance at every age. A collaboration between dancer/Stance on Dance editor Emmaly Wiederholt and photographer Gregory Bartning, the book includes more than 50 interviews with dancers ranging in age from 50 to 95, and spanning up and down the West Coast. The result is a compilation of voices reveling in the many ways there are to practice dance throughout one’s life.

There are less than 100 copies left of this limited edition, so get yours now!

Details: 9×12, hard cover, 210 pages, full color photography

Authored by Emmaly Wiederholt, photographs by Gregory Bartning, design by Lieve Maas, edited by Zoë Bird

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The dancers interviewed:

Alito Alessi: A Wisdom that Needs to be Experienced

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Linda Austin: The Willingness to Keep Going

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Valerie Baadh Garrett: Balance Is Not A Still Point

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Susan Banyas: Part of the Protest

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Mike Barber: Beyond the Expected

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Gregg Bielemeier: To the Point

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Emery Blackwell: Communicating More Than Movement

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Rubina Carmona: Digging Deep

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Deborah Cohen: From a Place of Generosity

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Nancy Davis and Jim Lane: Still In It Together

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Ann DiFruscia: Moving Beyond Loss

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Naomi Gedo Diouf and Zakariya Diouf : Life’s Music in the Body

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Heidi Duckler: Finding Places to Dance

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Tracey Durbin: Just Put it into Movement

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Laura Elaine Ellis: Standing on Shoulders

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Kim Epifano: Openness to Imagination

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Nancy Evans Doede: What Does the World Call Better?

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Patrick Gracewood: Still Playing

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Nina Haft: Stitching a Complex Tapestry

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Mark Haim: The Articulation of Expression

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Anna Halprin: A Way of Life

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Jamey Hampton: And Why Not?

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Donald Hewitt: Appreciating the Passing

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Mira Katz: Connection and Community

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Hae Kyung Lee: How Can You Fake Dance?

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Shirley Jenkins: Despite all Odds

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Enrico Labayen: Transferring Knowledge and Tradition

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Laurel and Gene Leverton: The Science of Subtlety

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Bonnie Lewkowicz: Finding a Way to Make it Happen

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Carla Luna: Unraveling Legacy

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Wade Madsen: Cultivating Appreciation

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Carla Mann: Ready for Anything

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Tere Mathern: Persistent and Willful

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Stella Matsuda: Giving and Receiving

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Virginia Matthews: Moving Beyond the Present Moment

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Karen McDonald: Understanding the Journey

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Jim McGinn: The Kinetic Thrill

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Jamie McHugh: Footprints in the Sand

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Josie Moseley: I Trust Dance

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Randee Paufve: Right Now, This Year, I’m Growing

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Jayanthi Raman: A Living Tradition

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Anandha Ray: Of Body and Mind

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Lizz Roman: Staying Honest

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Kathryn Roszak: Limitless in a Limited World

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Frank Shawl: How Things Fell Into Place

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Eric Skinner: Following a Passion

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Deborah Slater: Stubborn and Strong

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Melissa St. Clair: The Gesture of Life

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Tara Stepenberg: A Wisdom Practice

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Carolyn Stuart: Sharing a Connection

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Christian Swenson: Thoughtfully Playful

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Iris Tansman: Sharing Joy

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Cynthia Winton-Henry: Making an Offering

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Deborah Wolf: Desire and Willpower

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