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Figure Skating and the Arts: Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration

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Figure Skating and the Arts: Eight Centuries of Sport and Inspiration

Frances Dafoe . Introduction by Dick Button

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The grace, speed, and beauty of ice skating has inspired painters and sculptors, graphic artists and photographers, film makers and choreographers of spectacles, and the designers of skates and costumes, medals, programs and posters, advertising dolls, and decorative objects. With 321 images, trace figure skating’s eight centuries of history. See the impact it has had on the visual and performing arts, from early depictions of animal bones tied to the feet to facilitate movement over frozen streams and lakes to the latest precision-engineered blades used by Olympic champions and the birth of contemporary free-style skating. Fans of figure skating, memorabilia collectors, and historians will treasure this in-depth look at this popular activity.

Size: 11 3/4″ x 9″ | 321 b/w & color images | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764338038 | Binding: hard cover

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Frances Dafoe, with her partner Norris Bowden, began competing as an ice dancer in 1950, winning several Canadian championships, the North American Pair championship, and World Pair championship. They competed at two Winter Olympic games, winning the silver medal in 1956.