Classical Ballet Technique

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"Classical Ballet Technique is an invaluable guide for students, teachers, and ballet lovers. It not only covers the broad spectrum of ballet vocabulary but also gives sound, practical advice to aspiring dancers. The clarity of the writing, in a field notorious for its opaqueness, is in itself a major achievement."--Merrill Ashley, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

"An excellent, comprehensive guide to ballet pedagogy valuable to teachers and students alike. For many years Gretchen's has been a major voice ...

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Overview

"Classical Ballet Technique is an invaluable guide for students, teachers, and ballet lovers. It not only covers the broad spectrum of ballet vocabulary but also gives sound, practical advice to aspiring dancers. The clarity of the writing, in a field notorious for its opaqueness, is in itself a major achievement."--Merrill Ashley, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

"An excellent, comprehensive guide to ballet pedagogy valuable to teachers and students alike. For many years Gretchen's has been a major voice in the dance community, and this extensive work details the study of classical ballet from her unique and expert point of view. I applaud her, and I heartily recommend Classical Ballet Technique."--David Howard, International Ballet Master and Master Teacher

"Gretchen Warren has undertaken a monumental task and has completed it with distinction. Obviously a labor of love, this book's attention to detail and the clarity of its text and photos make it a valuable contribution to the lexicon of ballet. I recommend it to every serious student and teacher."--Thalia Mara, Founding Director, Ballet Repertory Company and National Academy of Ballet; Artistic Director, U.S.A. International Ballet Competition

"Congratulations to Ms. Warren for her authoritative book on classical ballet. Thanks are in order too from the many professional teachers, dancers, and students of the art form who will benefit from this book-an essential addition to any dance lover's library."--Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

Gretchen Ward Warren studied at London's Royal Ballet and the National Ballet School of Washington, D.C. She was soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet for eleven years and ballet mistress of American Ballet Theatre II from 1978 to 1983. She is professor of dance at the University of South Florida and frequently appears as a master teacher on the national and international circuits.

Susan Cook has photographed the performing arts for the past fifteen years. Her work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, and many dance books. Her own books of photographs include In a Rehearsal Room and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Library Journal
An important addition to the reference libraries of teachers and students of ballet. Warren, soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet for 11 years and now associate professor of dance at the University of South Florida, explains the correct execution of every step in the ballet vocabulary. Dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet appear in over 2600 photographs and illustrate the movement. Part 1 of the book covers basic concepts of training, physical characteristics of the ideal dancer, and suggestions for conducting a successful class. Part 2 is devoted to sequential photographs of more involved steps and definitions of terminology. Warren includes stylistic variations--Soviet, Italian, French, etc. This book is unprecedented in its detail and clarity. For anyone with a serious interest in ballet. Highly recommended.-- Joan Stahl, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore
Booknews
In some 2,600 photos, professional dancers (from such companies as the ABT and the Joffrey Ballet) demonstrate movements in the classical repertoire from basic to advanced. The text details appropriate teaching techniques and describes the proper execution of each step. Published by U. of S. Florida Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813009452
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 395
  • Sales rank: 220,298
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.96 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Good book classical ballet

    This is more of an encyclopedia for ballet. It is not really a fun read. Not boring, tho. What it does is detail the jargon and show pics of the moves. For an absolute beginner, this book may be a bit too much. It had a pronunciation guide, glossary, and a bit of male/female type moves, explaining why. Absolute beginner? Well, if you don't know ANYTHING yet, you are true beginner. I have only been in ballet one year and I get use out of this book. Wierd, but I think this book kinda has a '70's' feel about it. I was suprised it was published when it was cause it just reads like an older book. Little or no mention of modern stars like Ethan Stiefel kinda gives it this feel I think. WELL worth the price. I threw out most of my lesser ballet books after getting this and reading into it.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

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    Remarkable!

    "Classical Ballet Technique" is a book that should find its' way into the hands of any and every person who has the slightest interest in the art of dancing. Not only is it an ideal companion guide for learning proper ballet form, it is also useful for non-ballet related sports. It gives in-depth perspective on grace, poise, and especially balance, which is the key to ballet. There are plenty of photos to help "visualise" how to do the many different moves, coupled with informative text from one of the best ballet teachers in the country. Needless to say, I wish I had this book when I started ballet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2009

    Ballet Technique Reference Book

    The best ballet text book I've seen. I have purchased this book as a gift for many dancers. Useful for a reference in all kinds of dance studios.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Ok.

    This book has GORGEOUS pictures. Some diagrams don't actually help, for it doesn't quite explain the difference between the two or three pictures. But still, I recommend it very much, it helped me clean up my technique, some things were harder to fix, because of my bad habits of 3-4 years. It also helped me with staying on my big toe while en pointe, and other things about pointe. Great book overall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    This Book is Really Helpfull

    This book helped me understand ballet alot better. I think I'm a better dancer now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    irish dancer

    It's really helpful but i wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for something to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Every Ballet teacher should have this book!

    This book contains not only incredible pictures depicting each movement of the steps but the most valuable tips on the execution of them. Students can be shown pictures of the most perfect form and teachers learn effective ways to convey the mechanics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2002

    One of the best!

    The photographs show correct and different incorrect postures. If taking up ballet again after a good number of years, never did it or teaching: The book is a must.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Best ballet technique book!!!!!

    This is the best ballet book I have ever seen. I love it so much that I'm getting another one to give to a friend of mine in ballet class! When it comes to movement, photographs help to get that exact stance and position....and this book is filled with endless photographs. I know that it will take me years to fully be able to execute all those wonderful ballet positions illustrated in this magnificent volume. This will be the only book you will ever need for ballet!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    Wonderful Step-by-Step instruction

    The pictures help guide you through the information you need to teach your self ballet or review what you learned in class!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    WONDERFUL

    I totally love this book! I read it all the time and I learn tons of new things everytime I read it! WONDERFUL book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2000

    Awesome jawesome possem

    This book is a must for every dancer! Completey awesome, comes with alot of helpful tips and tricks.

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