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Dance forms around the world

Identifier: Film Collection no. 91

Scope and Contents

A comparative study of dance forms around the world is examined in this program by Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist, and the dance critic of the New York Herald Tribune, Walter Terry. A special feature of the program includes a performance by the John Butler dancers demonstrating the basic movements and gestures of representative dances from around the world. Charles Collingwood discusses the basic differences in dance technques with Terry and Shapiro. In India, Bali, Thailand, and Japan, there has always been a great emphasis on hand movements in dance. Tropical regions and areas of North Africa in particular usually have stronger hip movements in their style, Spanish and Russian dance involves brisk emphasis on heel movements, and European and American dancers use their whole foot while dancing. Film clips of various styles of dance supplement the discussion. Environmental and ethnographic factors, such as climate and costume, are discussed by Shapiro. Terry concentrates on technical criticism of the dances.


  • 1955


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1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired Jan. 16, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Credits: Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon, script editor; Joan Woodward, associate director; Grover Cole, production design; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film; Herb Harris, music; Al Mifelow, program assistant; Frank Protzman, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, light director; William Walstrom, costumer; Glen Tetley, Mary Hinkson and Yuriko (John Butler dancers), performers.

Dance forms around the world, 1955
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

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