Mindy Aloff

Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation

Description of new work

"A book of reliable, intensely readable dance reference that covers a popular subject the dancing in the great Disney cartoons in truly satisfying detail. Author Mindy Aloff is a serious scholar at Barnard College, a fine critic, and a real lover of Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and the early Silly Symphonies (so, by the way, is Mark Morris, who wrote the prologue to the book). Each film gets serious coverage and cross-referenced to what was happening both in Hollywood and in the world of "art dance," especially Balanchine. There's an especially valuable interview with Marge Champion, who became a famous Broadway choreographer but was trained by her father in ballet, and was not only the original model for Snow White, the rotoscoping of her dancing image makes her (in the scene where she dances with the dwarves) plainly visible through the cartoon." --Paul Parish, "Best of the Year in Bay Area Dance," The Bay Area Reporter Online, 12/​31/​09

Selected Works

Leaps in the Dark: Art and the World, by Agnes de Mille (ed.)
A reader by the choreographer Agnes de Mille, one of the great dance writers of the 20th century
Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation
Richly illustrated essays about the artmaking, themes, music, and live models of the dance sequences in historic Disney animated films
Dance Anecdotes
"A book which takes you past the curtain, not backstage, but into the very heart and soul of the dancer."
--Yvonne Marceau, Co-founder of the American Ballroom Theater and Associate Director of Dancing Classrooms

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