Here is an original and exciting new guide to the magic and beauty of dance around the world. Step-by-step sequences and glorious full-color photographs offer a unique "eyewitness" view of dance traditions including the magical performances, stunning costumes- and extraordinary talent of dancers. See a ballet costume designed by Picasso, dancers who balance on stilts, and headdresses studded with gemstones. Learn why male dancers sometimes dress as women, the stories of the great classical ballets, and why the tango was banned. Discover why Javanese dancers "flow like water," see dance crazes from the last 100 years, witness the dervishes who whirl around in worship, and much, much more.