Ballet For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Cuts through the thicket of ballet terminology and practice to reveal the fun."

—Virginia Johnson, Editor in Chief, Pointe magazine & former Dance Theatre of Harlem Principal

Professional dancers demonstrate correct form in over 100 photos

Build poise, balance, and grace – and leap into the world of dance

Don't know your plié from your relevé? This guide shows you the fun and easy way to practice ballet, from basic and intermediate ...

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Overview

"Cuts through the thicket of ballet terminology and practice to reveal the fun."

—Virginia Johnson, Editor in Chief, Pointe magazine & former Dance Theatre of Harlem Principal

Professional dancers demonstrate correct form in over 100 photos

Build poise, balance, and grace – and leap into the world of dance

Don't know your plié from your relevé? This guide shows you the fun and easy way to practice ballet, from basic and intermediate positions to barre exercises, steps, jumps, and turns. Step-by-step instructions explain how to warm up, choose the proper equipment, and incorporate ballet into your exercise routine – no matter your age or fitness level.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118068809
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 281,959
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Scott Speck has conducted the San Francisco Ballet in hundreds of performances at San Francisco Opera House and Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Evelyn Cisneros is Ballet Education Coordinator for the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Ballet Dancing from the Top.

Chapter 1: Curtain Up! Welcome to the Ballet.

Chapter 2: Stocking the Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 3: Getting Toasty: Warming Up Your Body.

Chapter 4: Leaping into Ballet Basics.

Chapter 5: Music, Maestro!

Part II: Belly Up to the Barre.

Chapter 6: Basic Barre-Tending.

Chapter 7: Stepping It Up at the Barre.

Chapter 8: Getting a Leg Up.

Part III: Center Floor, Anyone?

Chapter 9: Getting to Center Floor.

Chapter 10: Ballet’s Tasmanian Devil: The Pirouette.

Chapter 11: Linking It Together: The Steps Between the Steps.

Chapter 12: Ground Control to Ballet Dancer.

Chapter 13: Getting More Air Time.

Part IV: Living the Ballet Life.

Chapter 14: Partners Aren’t Just for Square Dancing.

Chapter 15: Exploring Choreography.

Chapter 16: What the Heck Are They Saying? The Art of Ballet Mime.

Chapter 17: Watching Ballet in Action.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: The Ten Most Commonly Used Ballet Steps.

Chapter 19: Ten Best-Loved Classical Ballets.

Chapter 20: Ten Great “Contemporary” Ballets.

Chapter 21: The Ten Best Ballet Terms for Cocktail Parties.

Chapter 22: Ten Fascinating Facts about Professional Ballet Dancers.

Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    So Far

    I am reading this book and so far it really does not sound like it is written by someone who does Ballet. The section on placement is kind of lacking. It also uses the Cechetti method which is outdated.

    I dance six days a week and I have been dancing for about four years. I am half way through my third year en pointe. I am not saying this to be boastful. I just want whoever reads this to know I am not just some nut using ballet language.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Ok

    This book does not teach technique but it does tell a dumb person the difference between bending your knees and straightening them all the way. Heres a tip if you want to start dance than go to a class with a teacher. Oh and this book will not teach you how to do a split.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    This is so stupid and outdated

    I am ten years old and have been dancing ballet since I was two years old. I am in all advanced and master classes and some are taught by the woman who started Vegh Baller

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    This is soooooooo REDICULIS

    Take it from a professional ballet dancer. You could never,EVER try to do ballet from a book! I have danced 19 years and still counting (starting at age two). We were warned from the very beginning that you can't trust books. I an ¿npointe, and I have performed in hundreds of premieres. Anyway, I do not recommend this book, unless you are like me and just want to get a kick out of it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Not worth it

    I am 13 years old and i have been dancing for 11 years this book does not improve your technique it was a nice thought but you cant read ballet

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    A really good book

    Best book if u love dance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Hello

    Anyone want 2 chat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    TO ALL

    YOU CAN'T LEARN BALLET FROM A BOOK! TRUST ME! IF YOU WANT TO DO BALLET GO TO A PROFESSIONAL BALLET COMPANY OR SCHOOL. TRUST ME. I'm a principle dancer at the New York City Ballet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    E

    If you are interested in ballet, go find a professional dance school. You can't learn ballet from a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    To Jackie

    Hi i like ti dance too!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    No go. By Jackie McFaye

    Im Jackie and i have been dancing for 10 years. This book is not helpful on improving your technique. Do not waste your money please. I consider this to be a no go. Im 13 years od by the way. Thanks guys! Well ive got to go to ballet class! Good bye!
    -Jackie McFaye prima ballerina ;)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Not very helpful. At all.

    Do not try to do ballet after reading this book only. You WILL end up injuring yourself and never be able to do real ballet the same wat again. Even peiple that are dancers and have been for years do not try to strengthen your technique with this book alone. I attend a prestigeous ballet cconservatory and have been in the corps for five years. I have done ballet since i was two and i am now 25. I have toure in five couuntries and i have ben in over 100 ballets as guest artist or lead and solo. I know wht i am talikng about. Do not expect to learn proper classical ballet th this book. Pleas go find a suitable teacher at a good ballet school and you will be doing yourself a favor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Question

    Does this use terminology....does it improve your technique at all?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    GREAT<3

    I loveed itt :DD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Answer plz

    Does this have definitions

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Not really

    I dance ballet and it is hard 2 start from a book and its not like real ballet!!!!! :(

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