Ballet Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance

Overview

Produced in conjunction with Canada's world-famous National Ballet School, The Ballet Book is a definitive instructional resource for youth and their parents who are beginning to explore the possibilities and delights of ballet.

The book illustrates in meticulous detail — and through more than 100 photographs - every position, step and pose involved in barre work, pointe work, alignment, classical ballet poses, attitudes, allegros, batteries, pirouettes and arabesques. ...

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Overview

Produced in conjunction with Canada's world-famous National Ballet School, The Ballet Book is a definitive instructional resource for youth and their parents who are beginning to explore the possibilities and delights of ballet.

The book illustrates in meticulous detail — and through more than 100 photographs - every position, step and pose involved in barre work, pointe work, alignment, classical ballet poses, attitudes, allegros, batteries, pirouettes and arabesques. Age-appropriate and comprehensive, it is a motivational guide, with information on deciding to dance; finding a teacher; musical accompaniment; finding the ideal studio; what to wear and grooming; positions, steps and poses; and exercises and nutrition.

The Ballet Book is a strong guide for both boys and girls.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Guide
The emphasis is on the joy of moving to music and the lifetime benefits of studying.
Booklist - Carolyn Phelan
A detailed, practical guide for serious ballet students ... To balance collections heavy on colorful ballet books for browsers with stars in their eyes, here's a guide for ballet students who are ready to get down to work.
Book Report - Susan Shaver
Each chapter is written in easy-to-understand language, defining new terms and ballet expressions. The book covers finding a teacher and musical accompanist, specifications of the studio and what to wear. Terminology and steps to correct arm, feet, and body position are shown through photos. The importance of healthy meals and snacks, the need for exercises to improve posture, alignment, stance, and stamina are included. This book is a pleasure to read because of its smooth, graceful writing, and descriptive explanations.
Publishers Weekly
A step-by-step resource for aspiring dancers, it contains more than 100 b&w photos of ballet positions and classical poses, most by Lydia Pawelak.
Horn
The emphasis is on the joy of moving to music and the lifetime benefits of studying.
—July-Dec 1999
Horn Book Guide
The emphasis is on the joy of moving to music and the lifetime benefits of studying.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Slight format problems are really all that hold this book back from excellence. The sound advice and clear photographs will be very helpful to earnest young dancers, but the hardcover option would probably be a better choice than the fragile trade binding, which probably won't hold up under the kind of use readers will give this title. While the black-and-white photography is exceptional for illustrating the various positions, and steps and poses, color illustrations would have been more appealing for the chapter on sample performances. Some of the information, choosing a teacher or school for instance, might be more meaningful to parents than to children, but is still valid and helpful. This book is not for absolute beginners, but should be valuable to young artists serious in their pursuit of classical ballet. 1999, Firefly, Ages 8 to 15, $19.95 and $12.95. Reviewer: Donna T. Brumby
Library Journal
Gr 3-8-This comprehensive guide, written by a teacher at Canada's National Ballet School, helps youngsters who love ballet to understand the hard work and commitment involved in classical dance training. Bowes opens with a discussion of the basics: choosing to dance, finding a teacher, evaluating a studio, and offering outfitting and grooming tips. Beginning in chapter two, black-and-white photographs and accompanying text meticulously lead a serious ballet student through every position, step, and pose of classical ballet. The pictures largely focus on one child with older dancers used to show more advanced, age-appropriate techniques. There is also a chapter on general exercises that promote flexibility, strength, and endurance. The author concludes with photos of scenes from several ballets and a glossary. Children who have been to performances and who dream of dancing sugarplums and wearing tutus and tights will be fascinated.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Susan Shaver
Each chapter is written in easy-to-understand language, defining new terms and ballet expressions. The book covers finding a teacher and musical accompanist, specifications of the studio and what to wear. Terminology and steps to correct arm, feet, and body position are shown through photos. The importance of healthy meals and snacks, the need for exercises to improve posture, alignment, stance, and stamina are included. This book is a pleasure to read because of its smooth, graceful writing, and descriptive explanations.
—Susan Shaver, Book Report
Booklist
A detailed, practical guide for serious ballet students.
— Carolyn Phelan
Book Report
Easy-to-understand language ... This book is a pleasure to read because of its smooth, graceful writing, and descriptive explanations.
— Susan Shaver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552093535
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/14/2007
  • Series: Young Performer's Guide Series
  • Edition description: Reprint edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 814,992
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kain was principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada and is now the company's artistic director.

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