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Using both male and female models, and both sexes in the photographs, diagrams and drawings, this book explains how ballets work and how they're annotated and practiced as well as the kinds of rehearsals and practices dancers attend. In addition, text explains that all ballet terms are French because one of the first dancers of ballet was a French king. There are many interesting facts about ballet (but little about its history), such as that dancers hang tutus upside down so the top layer does not get dirty. It is just right for the young dancer who is about to take ballet classes or for one further along who wonders how the art and craft goes together. A table of contents listing the double-page spreads, an index, and a glossary, plus websites to visit filtered through the Usborne home site, are included. This book is part of the "Usborne Beginners" series. 2004 (orig. 2003), Usborne, Ages 6 to 9.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780746074534
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Edition description: New
  • Sales rank: 178,068

Table of Contents

What is ballet?     3
Ballet dancers     4
Telling a story     6
Ballet steps     8
Making a ballet     10
Costumes     12
Tutus     14
Ballet shoes     16
Dancing in pairs     18
A dancer's life     20
Before the show     22
Learning ballet     24
Five positions     26
Ballet school     28
Glossary of ballet words     30
Websites to visit     31
Index     32
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