Picks and Pans Review: Men Dancing

updated 12/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Alexander Bland and John Percival

This is the standout among the new photo books. Intelligent and graphically satisfying, it traces the roller coaster history of man—the gender, not the species—in dance. The best practitioners of various styles are discussed; the last section of the book is devoted to those dancers who, by dint of uncommon talent and virtuosity, transcend type. Nijinsky, Nureyev and Baryshnikov naturally figure here, but so do Richard Cragun, Robert Helpmann and Jorge Donn. The photographs are plentiful and very good indeed. (Macmillan, $35)

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