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    Dancing in Time: The History of Moving and Shaking

    A full-colour visual history of dance from the waltz to modern hip-hop, with 200+ illustrations from the British Library collections, including photographs, cartoons, step notation, magazines and musical scores. This title reveals the incredible impact of dance on society, rebalancing gender dynamics, shattering expectations of class and embracing cross-cultural influences.

    Dance is at the heart of diverse cultures around the globe, from the increasing popularity of salsa clubs, to break dance battles that gather crowds in the street, to the constant stream of dance routines going viral on TikTok. Every Saturday from September to December, 8 million people tune in to watch Strictly Come Dancing.

    But behind the glitzy performances are amazing and unpredictable histories: the shocking debut of the waltz in eighteenth-century Vienna; the power of African-American influence on the jive and Lindy hop; and the early foundations of hip-hop in funk and disco styles. Tango, samba, Charleston, cha cha cha, rumba – each dance has distinct rhythms, quality of movement and complex rules to learn and follow. But they all shook up society and gave ordinary people the freedom of self-expression.

    Choreographer Robert Hylton navigates an extraordinary array of photographs, periodicals and ephemera from the British Library collections, which reveal the true origins of the popular dance styles that have, at one point or another, swept the population off their feet.

    Publication date: 08/09/22

    Author: Robert Hylton, with a foreword by Oti Mabuse

    Brand: British Library Publishing

    Number of pages: 208, with 150+ mono illustrations

    Binding: Hardback

    Dimensions: 240 x 165 mm