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Ballet books Lettres sur la danse et sur les ballets by Jean Georges Noverre New book

This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.

Ballet books The Bournonville School by Kirsten Ralov New book

Part of the legacy left by the great Danish dancer, choreographer, and teacher August Bournonville (1805-1879)was a series of six complete classes, one for every day of the dancer's working week. These classes, which form the basis of the Bournonville style, and which are still part of the training programme of the Royal Danish Ballet, are here published for the first time, edited and with a detailed commentary by the Bournonville expert Kirsten Ralov. The Bournonville School was the first work to compile and preserve Bournonville's complete classroom teachings. As such, it is of great value not only to teachers and students wishing to make use of this valuable heritage, but to all those with an interest in the history and development of classical ballet technique.

Ballet books Ballet Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching by Rory Foster New book

There are many different methods for teaching classical ballet - Bournonville, Vaganova, Cecchetti, and Royal Academy of Dancing being the most widely known. All of these methods are effective tools for presenting the technique and art of ballet.

Knowing how to use these tools successfully requires more than being a devotee of the technique; it also requires the mastering of various skills. In Ballet Pedagogy, Rory Foster aims to share his extensive knowledge of how to teach rather than focus exclusively on what to teach. He argues that it is not enough for a ballet teacher to be well trained in technique, but that he or she must also know how to utilize pedagogical skills.

In this book, Foster - an expert in multiple ballet methods - covers all areas involving dance, from history to injury prevention, from anatomy and kinesiology to vocabulary and music. He even offers pragmatic advice on the business of starting a dance school. The result is an essential addition to every dance teacher's library.

Ballet books Classes in Classical Ballet (Paperback) by Asaf Messerer New book

A companion guide to one of the bestselling Limelight Edition titles, this book by Asaf Messerer, a founder of what has become known as the Bolshoi School, is one of the most celebrated manuals of classic dance instruction in the world. Messerer has gained an international reputation for his classes in classical technique-models of invention and well-rounded exercise, stressing both precision and fluid artistic control. Nearly 500 photographs of principal Bolshoi dancers illustrate the positions and steps indicated, and an introductory section by Messerer outlines his basic plan and philosophy of teaching.

Ballet Books 100 Lessons in Classical Ballet : The Eight-Year Program of Leningrad's Vaganova Choreographic School (Paperback) by Vera S. Kostrovitskaya New book

The complete 8-year curriculum of Lenningrad's famed Vaganova Choreographic School, which trained Nureyev, Baryshnikov and Markova, including over 100 photographs. A volume which no teacher, scholar or student of the dance can afford to miss. "A serious, indeed indispensable, textbook." -Clive Barnes.

Language Notes
Text: English, Russian (translation)
400 pages

Ballet books The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training & Technique New book

This guide provides a thorough examination of the pointe technique and pointe shoes. Dancers tired of their pointe shoes wearing out too quickly benefit from research that illuminates the shoemaking process and tips that show how to best fit, care for, and custom order their shoes. Interviews with ballet stars Martine van Hamel and Darci Kistler reveal their highly evolved but proven methods of caring for pointe shoes. The basics of the pointe technique, different pointe methods, and the history of pointe are discussed. A handy reference on pointe-related injuries and their remedies is included. This new edition offers the latest information on contemporary designs, materials, products, and suppliers. A sampling of pointe technique schools around the country offers an authoritative syllabus for teachers and students alike.

Ballet Books Ballet School of the Bolshoi Theatre by Yelena Bocharnikova New book

This is the first book about the Ballet School of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Its authors, Yelena Bocharnikova, the school's principal, and Mikhail Gabovich, art director, graduated from the school in the twenties and after successful careers on the Bolshoi Theatre stage returned to their alma mater to train new generations of ballet dancers. Yelena Bocharnikova appeared as soloist in character parts. An inquisitive mind and unflagging interest in her art prompted her to receive a higher theatrical education. She completed her theses on the history and aesthetics of ballet and was an active instructor. People's Artiste of the R.S.F.S.R. Mikhail Gabovich was closely associated with Soviet Ballet: for thirty years he danced on the Bolshoi stage and it would be hard to name a leading part in the classical repertoire in which he did not appear. He created a gallery of most varied characters, such as Albert in Giselle, Waclaw in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, Prince in Cinderella, and Mato in Salammbo. The mention of his name evokes the image of Juliet's passionate lover Romeo.

Ballet Books The Ballet Companion : A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet (Hardcover) by Eliza Gaynor Minden New book

The Ballet Companion is a fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the dancer. With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today's dance student needs, including: Practical advice for getting started, such as selecting a school, making the most of class, and studio etiquette. Explanations of ballet fundamentals and major training systems. An illustrated guide through ballet class -- warm-up, barre, and center floor. Guidelines for safe, healthy dancing through a sensible diet, injury prevention, and cross-training with yoga and Pilates. Descriptions of must-see ballets and glossaries of dance, music, and theater terms. Along the way you'll find technique secrets from stars of American Ballet Theatre, lavishly illustrated sidebars on ballet history, and tips on everything from styling a ballet bun to stage makeup to performing the perfect pirouette. Whether a budding ballerina, serious student, or adult returning to ballet, dancers will find a lively mix of ballet's time-honored traditions and essential new information.

Ballet Books Put Your Best Foot Forward: A Young Dancer's Guide to Life (Hardcover) by Suki Schorer New book

An inspirational gift book for any girl who ever took dance classes and dreamed of being a ballerina, The Ballet School of Life is a unique collection of wisdom and illustration, of life lessons set against a backdrop of dramatic full-color photographs of young dancers and whimsical, theatrical watercolors of butterfly wings and fairy-tale castles, tiaras, and stage settings. Written by Suki Schorer with the assistance of the School of American Ballet, the lessons are simple and motivating and reveal that dancers in training learn much more than how to pliι or stand on pointe: Your body is your instrument. Even Sugar Plum Fairies sew their own ribbons. It takes strong wings to fly high. Do something extraordinary just because you can. Never miss a beat. And, to remember always, When storms rage and waters rise, glide like the swan.

Ballet books Classical Ballet Technique by Gretchen Ward Warren

With this brilliantly imagined and beautifully achieved work, Gretchen Warren has created the fisrt comprehensive, photgraphicaly illustrated reference and teaching guie on classical ballet technique. In more than 2,600 photographs, Johan Renvall, Cynthia Harvey, Susan Jaffe, and an array of other dancers from such companies as the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet demonstrate in sequence every movement in the classical repertoire, from the most basic to the most advanced. The book's design matches each photograph with captions that details appropriate teaching techniques and describe the proper teaching techniques and describe the proper execution of each step. A glossary defines common dance terms, and a pronunciation guide provides phonetic transcriptions of French ballet terms.

Ballet Books Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time by Barbara Newman

Grace under Pressure is a series of insightful essays by Ms. Newman and a collection of stimulating interviews with movers and shakers of today's dance world. They are: Suki Schorer, Violette Verdy, Kathryn Wade, Mark Morris, Anne Marie Vessel, Margaret Mercier, Robert Denvers, Richard Thomas, Sorella Englund, Marc du Bouays, Helgi Tomasson, Francia Russell, Maina Gielgud, David Bintley, Irina Kolpakova, Yuri Fateyev, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Shelley Washington. Grace under Pressure provides a brief history of important schools in four countries as well as a detailed overview of the audition policy, curriculum and pedagogic philosophy that shape each one. In dance as in every academic discipline, the classroom is a testing ground for dedicated pupils, who must constantly adapt to the rigorous demands of their chosen art. The subjects in this book speak openly about the challenges they face themselves as they attempt to breathe new life into familiar performance pieces and imbue each student with a unique love of dance that surpasses the drive for physical perfection.

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The Ballet Book : Learning and Appreciating the Secrets of Dance

The definitive book for learning and appreciating ballet, The Ballet Book goes behind the scenes to the classes, rehearsals, and performances that have shaped this prestigious ballet company. Readers will learn from the best as American Ballet Theatre dancers show how to stretch, stand, dance, and perform like professional ballerinas. Featuring photographs of dancers at their most dramatic - and most intimate - this fully illustrated book shares ballet's best-kept secrets and, by demonstrating how to watch and appreciate as well as to dance ballet, is indispensable for every dancer and lover of dance. The book features Nina Ananiashvili and Ethan Stiefel.

Ballet books Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement

Written by a physicist with professional dance training, Physics and the Art of Dance explains how dancers can achieve better, safer performances through an understanding of physics in motion. Using simple, non-technical terms, Kenneth Laws combines his knowledge of both physics and dance to describe how the laws of gravity, momentum, and energy affect dancing bodies. The book explores the natural laws that govern the subtleties of balance, the techniques of leaps and pirouettes, and the impressive lifts and turns executed by ballet partners. Finally, Laws offers insight into two current discussions in the dance world - the effect of body size on ballet technique, and the relationship between science and the art of dance. Beautiful, original stop-action photographs by Martha Swope, along with clear diagrams, illustrate the concepts described in the text. Plus, an intriguing "puzzler" at the beginning of each chapter provides an engaging entree into the topics presented. For those who want a more advanced understanding of the physics, extensive appendices are provided. This new book combines the best features of Laws's widely acclaimed The Physics of Dance and Physics, Dance, and the Pas de Deux by Laws and Cynthia Harvey. Its expert application of the basic principles of physics to the art of dance will be an invaluable resource for dancers and dance instructors and will open a new level of appreciation for lovers of the form. It will also appeal to physicists who seek to include the arts in their scientific pursuits.

Ballet DVD DVD: The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet

Now on DVD! The essential video dictionary of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in American Ballet. Teachers and students alike find the Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet. 4 1/2 hours on two DVDs, this set includes over 800 variations in Russian, French, and Cecchetti styles. Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This engaging program demonstrates the complete language of ballet:Positions and Directions • Barre • Linking Steps • Center Practice • Pirouettes • Adage • Allegro • Batterie • Pointe • Musical Enchainements. For easy reference, a printed index of all the movements and variations performed is included. This comprehensive guide is demonstrated by four of the most outstanding figures in American Ballet: • Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, former principal dancer, ABT) • Georgina Parkinson (Ballet Mistress of ABT; former principal dancer, Royal Ballet) • Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer, New York City Ballet) • Denise Jackson (former principal dancer, Joffrey Ballet)

Ballet books Step-By-Step Ballet Class by Royal Academy of Dancing

Gr. 4-6. A guide to classwork at the Royal Academy of Dancing in England, this book details everything from dress, hair, and shoes to advice on finding a good ballet school and taking dance examinations. A chapter on each class level explains the correct positions and movements for typical exercises, with clear black-and-white pencil drawings of children performing each step. First-person narratives of dancers at various stages of their careers and two sections of full-color performance photographs provide information and inspiration for young dancers, but the book's main value is its no-nonsense approach to the everyday practice of ballet.

Dance books Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant

Discusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. Offers dancers, teachers and ballet lovers information often difficult to locate in other books.

Ballet books Bournonville Ballet Technique: Fifty Enchainements by Vivi Flindt, Knud Arne Jurgensen

Fifty school exercises, selected and reconstructed from the notations of Hans Beck (Bournonville's successor) which he made in 1893 and are preserved in the Copenhagen Theatre Museum.

Ballet books Alexander Pushkin: Master Teacher of Dance

At the great Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg, Alexander Ivanovich Pushkin (1907-1970) danced many leading roles from 1925 to 1953. However, it was as a teacher at the Leningrad Choreographic School that he became a legend. Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov were his star pupils, but nearly all the leading male dancers of the Kirov Ballet from the 1940s through the 1960s were taught by him. Filled with personal photos, as well as others of his students and classes, this concise, insightful biography reveals to us the life and techniques of a master teacher.

NYCB New York City Ballet Workout : Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body by Peter Martins

New York City Ballet Workout is a revolutionary fitness program that will help you begin to develop lean abs, firm buttocks, a contoured waist, sculpted legs, slim thighs, strong arms, perfect posture, flexbility you never thought possible--and grace and poice of a dancer. More than three hundred stunning step-by-step and other photographs throughout make this the most beautiful and easy-to-use exercise book ever created.This elegant book is unlike any exercise book ever published. Graced with more than 300 instructional exercise photographs and extraordinary duotone portraits of New York City Ballet dancers, The New York City Ballet Workout explores the company's philosophy of balancing art, life, and fitness.

NYCB The Joffrey Ballet School's Ballet-Fit by Dena Simone Moss

The world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School makes the art and joy of ballet available to everyone. Let Dena Simone Moss and Allison Kyle Leopold teach you everything you need to know to get in shape, beautifully sculpt your body, and truly appreciate the art of ballet. They'll let you in on all their secrets, including: -A demystifying explanation of ballet terms and positions -Tips on finding the right instructor and studio-and feeling comfortable once you're there -Hints on ballet attire-including finding, choosing, and tying pointe shoes -An exhaustive directory of where to find ballet publications, audio and videotapes, books, dance wear, schools, and studios. Perfect for the beginner and the veteran balletomane, The Joffrey Ballet School's Ballet-Fit offers an inside glimpse into the mysterious and beautiful world of ballet.

NYCB Basic Principles of Classical Ballet: Russian Ballet Technique by Agrippina Vaganova

Discusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. Offers dancers, teachers and ballet lovers information often difficult to locate in other books.

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