Ballet

Ballet

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by Kate Castle
     
 

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Written by a former member of The Royal Ballet company, this book offers a true insider's view of absolutely everything a budding balletomane wants to know about dance from the costumes, the steps, the choreographers, and the dance companies to what it's like in a class, a rehearsal and a performance. The illustrations --luscious and atmospheric -- thrill and

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Written by a former member of The Royal Ballet company, this book offers a true insider's view of absolutely everything a budding balletomane wants to know about dance from the costumes, the steps, the choreographers, and the dance companies to what it's like in a class, a rehearsal and a performance. The illustrations --luscious and atmospheric -- thrill and inspire. Also a terrific reference, this book provides detailed coverage of the history of ballet, retellings of favorite ballet stories, and a glossary of dancers, choreographers, companies and technical terms, as well as a timeline of performances. A beautiful gift book as exciting as opening night!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This oversized book is filled with information about ballet. It moves from the early history of ballet, through the techniques that a dancer must master, to the art of composition and choreography, and then to the actual performance. In addition there are brief descriptions of ballets and a reference section that contains facts about dancers, composers, choreographers, companies and more. Well illustrated to provide the ballet enthusiastic with sketches of dance movements, full color scenes from ballets and a look behind the scenes at the vast complex that supports a performance. While not all-inclusive, the list of great dancers is limited to fourteen names, it is a delightful introduction with a useful glossary and index. A nice choice for an aspiring ballerina.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Featuring colorful, accurate, and sometimes very detailed illustrations, this introduction to the world of ballet provides a wealth of information. Succinct chapters cover ballet's history and technique; the roles of the composer, choreographer, and designer; the actual performance; and even a glimpse into the diaries of a professional dancer and an 11-year-old student. Biographical sketches of some of the foremost choreographers and dancers of the 20th century, as well as synopses of some of the great ballet stories and companies, are included. There are even tips on ways to enjoy ballet. This oversized volume would make a fine companion to Darcy Bussell and Patricia Linton's The Young Dancer (DK, 1994). Both are excellent sources for accurate insights and details, with Bussell and Linton spending more time on technique and Castle adding more details about all of the components that create this special world.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753450017
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Single Subject Reference Series
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.02(w) x 11.94(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Kate Castle began her career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet. Later she became the education officer for the company, and has worked as a dance consultant and educator for many years. She has written several children's books about ballet, including the Kingfisher favorite The Best Book of Ballet.

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Ballet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
thumper10 More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book! But not completely accurate. Louis XIV started the Academie Royale de Danse in 1661, not 1672. But other than that, this is the best book on ballet I've read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book, some steps, inside on opera house, ect. very educational.