"Understanding Dance" provides a comprehensive introduction to the aesthetics of dance, and is aimed as an essential text for all those interested in dance as an object of study. By focusing on the work of a number of major choreographers, companies and critics, Graham McFee explores the nature of our understanding of dance by considering the "practice" of understanding dance-works themselves. He concludes with a validation of the place of dance in society and in education. Throughout he provides detailed insights into the nature and appreciation of art as well as a general grounding in philosophy. This book should be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates professionals and critics of dance and dance education.