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The Ballet Book
Nancy Ellison
0789308657
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
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 offers a thorough explanation of each step in a dancer's routine: from preparing the shoes and stretching to classwork and rehearsals to the finale--the performance itself. Both a how-to and a...


Ballet
DK Publishing
0756602335
August 2004
Sticker Book
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Book Description
DK presents exciting new covers for 13 of your favorite Ultimate Sticker Books: Animal, Baby Animal, Ballet, Bug, Bulldozer, Dangerous Dinosaurs, Dinosaur, Ancient Egypt, Farm, Pony, Shark and Whale, Space, and Truck. Annotated with factual information, each book contains more than 60 full-color, reusable stickers so children can create their own fun scenes.


Dance Anecdotes
Mindy Aloff
0195054113
Apr 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Esteemed dance critic Aloff offers up a delicious and provocative pastiche of anecdotes from the world of dance. She describes it as "the kind of collection that one might pick up in a country inn on a rainy day and while away an hour browsing through," which is too modest: the book is easy to pick up but hard to put down. Those who want salacious gossip will have to look elsewhere; Aloff eschews the "smirking delights of shaudenfreude,"including only stories she "would want to tell... to someone [she] cared for." The stories are insightful, witty, occasionally juicy and often dark. Aloff is delightfully subjective and partial in her choices. There are dancers and choreographers represented, of course—Petipa, Pavlova, Balanchine, Nureyev, Graham and Astaire. But other artists, such as Shakespeare,...


The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet
Eliza Gaynor Minden
074326407X
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Gaynor Minden, a former dancer who now heads a dancewear company, has been immersed in the world of ballet for much of her life, and in this book shares dancer-to-dancer advice, much of which is aimed at beginning-to-intermediate level dancers, or adults who are either starting or returning to a childhood passion; dancers who have been committed to the art for a couple of years will already know on the finer points of finding a school, how to behave in class and the basic positions and movements, though the crisp photographs of professionals demonstrating steps are quite useful. The chapter on pointework, Gaynor Minden's specialty, is more widely valuable, and the pages devoted to dancer health contain vital information on eating disorders, injuries and supplemental physical training that teachers and students of...


Getting Started in Ballet
Anna Paskevska
0195117166
Dec 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Many children dream of being a ballerina. Chin raised with purpose, arms high above head, they twirl clumsily around the living room and leap tirelessly in the air. Sooner or later they're bound to say, "I want to dance." Now what do you do? How do you know if the time is right? Where's the best place to start? In Getting Started in Ballet, Anna Paskevska draws from her training at the Paris Opera Ballet School and and the Royal Ballet School in London and her career as a professional dancer and teacher to offer a step-by-step introduction to dance education for parents with children starting ballet. Paskevska begins with a historical overview of dance and discusses the fundamental virtues and many life-long skills it imparts. Dance teaches children how to cooperate and support each other's efforts; encourages them to...


Ellie's Chance to Dance (Royal Ballet Diaries Series #01), Vol. 1
Alexandra Moss
0448435357
January 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Taking center stage this spring-Ellie Brown in The Royal Ballet School Diaries! With a passion for dancing and the drive to succeed, Ellie, an American girl, will stop at nothing to achieve her dream of getting accepted as a ballet student at the Royal Ballet School in London. This new series is the perfect mix of ballet, friendship, competition, and taking chances! Dear Diary, I can't believe I'm really here in London! It was hard to say good-bye to everyone in Chicago, but I promised to write. And I think it will be kind of cool to see what it's like to live in another country. The coolest part is that I'm going to audition for The Royal Ballet School's Junior Associate Program! The Royal Ballet School is only THE BEST dancing school in England! If they accept me, my dream of becoming a famous ballerina just may...


Getting Started in Ballet
Anna Paskevska
0195117174
Dec 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Many children dream of being a ballerina. Chin raised with purpose, arms high above head, they twirl clumsily around the living room and leap tirelessly in the air. Sooner or later they're bound to say, "I want to dance." Now what do you do? How do you know if the time is right? Where's the
best place to start? In Getting Started in Ballet, Anna Paskevska draws from her training at the Paris Opera Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School in London and her career as a professional dancer and teacher to offer a step-by-step introduction to dance education for parents with children
starting ballet.
Paskevska begins with a historical overview of dance and discusses the fundamental virtues and many life-long skills it imparts. Dance teaches children how to cooperate and support each other's efforts; encourages...


Ballet Shoes
Noel Streatfeild
0679847596
November 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
In the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess come Noel Streatfeild’s tales of triumph. In this story, three orphan girls vow to make a name for themselves and find their own special talents. With hard work, fame just may be in the stars! Originally published in 1937.

Card catalog description
Determined to make a name for themselves, three adopted sisters living in London train for the ballet and the stage and in the process discover that each has a special talent.

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The Joffrey Ballet
Sasha Anawalt
0226017559
Jan 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Robert Joffrey took ballet from its lofty and often inaccessible perch and helped popularize it to a broad audience without once compromising the level of its art. His company was metamorphic, infusing its performances with both tradition and innovation, seriousness and wit, and highbrow and lowbrow, producing much of this century's most memorable dance. Anawalt's biography not only elegantly describes how the company developed but how it helped shape American dance. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Launched in New York City in 1952 by Robert Joffrey and his companion, Gerald Arpino, the Joffrey Ballet embodies an innovative approach that combines classical form with modern techniques. Its dancers, loaded with energy,...


Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet
Gail Grant
0486218430
August 1982
Paperback
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Book Description
From adagio to voyage, over 800 steps, movements, poses and concepts are fully defined. A pronunciation guide, cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions that vary from the Russian to the French or Italian schools, are also invaluable aids.


Dance for a City
Lynn Garafola
0231115466
Apr 1999
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This companion volume to the New York Historical Society's exhibition of the history of the New York City Ballet captures the beauty and reverie of the world of dance that ballet itself evokes. Garafola and Foner have compiled a lovely and interesting look at this amazing company and its lush history. Master of choreography George Balanchine founded the company in the 1930s, and it rose from a fledgling dance troupe to become world class. The company maintained a virtuosity that rivaled the major companies of Europe, with performances ranging from the classical to the avant-garde, and Balanchine himself was the principal choreographer. Such notables as Maria Tallchief and Mikhail Baryshnikov have been among its ranks, and the company has planted the seeds for the founding of numerous ballet companies throughout the...


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Joel Meyerowitz
0760746796
August 2003
Hardcover
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Dance for a City
Lynn Garafola
0231115474
Jan 2001
Paperback
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From Booklist
This companion volume to the New York Historical Society's exhibition of the history of the New York City Ballet captures the beauty and reverie of the world of dance that ballet itself evokes. Garafola and Foner have compiled a lovely and interesting look at this amazing company and its lush history. Master of choreography George Balanchine founded the company in the 1930s, and it rose from a fledgling dance troupe to become world class. The company maintained a virtuosity that rivaled the major companies of Europe, with performances ranging from the classical to the avant-garde, and Balanchine himself was the principal choreographer. Such notables as Maria Tallchief and Mikhail Baryshnikov have been among its ranks, and the company has planted the seeds for the founding of numerous ballet companies throughout the...


Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement
Kenneth Laws
0195149165
June 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
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...


Choreographies of African Identities
Francesca Castaldi
0252030273
Feb 2006
Hardcover
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2006 Balanchine Wall Calendar
Nancy Reynolds & Costas
1594900590
June 2005
Wall Calendar
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Choreographies of African Identities
Francesca Castaldi
0252072685
Feb 2006
Paperback
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New Girl (Royal Ballet School Diaries Series #7)
Alexandra Moss
0448442507
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Ellie can’t believe it! She and her ballet friends are going to be Year 8 students! They’ll have new uniforms, new classes, and a new dorm! There will be a whole new crop of Year 7 dancers, and Ellie will be a guide to one of them. What will school life be like without Sophie? What performances will Ellie be auditioning for, and what new challenges will she have to face? She can’t wait to find out!


Angelina's Ballet Class
Katharine Holabird
044844013X
January 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In Angelina's Ballet Class by Katharine Holabird, illus. by Catherine Kanner based on illustrations by Helen Craig, the exuberant mouse pairs up with her pal, Alice, to demonstrate first through fifth positions and such steps as a pirouette and a grand jet‚. Even cousin Henry shows up to play a bee when Angelina and Alice do a Sunflower Ballet. Readers can punch out a flip book of the heroine's moves at the back of the book. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
Come along as Angelina spins, twirls, and dances her way through Miss Lilly's ballet class. With instructions for each step, little girls can learn to dance just like Angelina! Cardstock pages and ribbons...


Ballet and Modern Dance
Susan Au
0500203520
June 2002
Paperback
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Backstage
Will be of benefit to all dance lovers.

Choice, November 2002
A marvelous book for all those who love dance history.

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