First Lessons in Ballet

First Lessons in Ballet

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by Lise Friedman, K.C. Bailey, Suki Schorer
     
 

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Introducing a ballet class in a book. Created by Lise Friedman, a passionate ballerina as a little girl who grew up to dance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and photographed by K.C. Bailey, whose dance photography is part of the Lincoln Center Dance Collection, First Lessons in Ballet is an intimate and innovative approach that takes the reader

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Introducing a ballet class in a book. Created by Lise Friedman, a passionate ballerina as a little girl who grew up to dance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and photographed by K.C. Bailey, whose dance photography is part of the Lincoln Center Dance Collection, First Lessons in Ballet is an intimate and innovative approach that takes the reader right into the studio and teaches basic steps and positions.

Each spread works as a lesson. On the left, in a full-length, silhouetted photograph with callouts, a young ballerina named Rebecca demonstrates each move. On the right, a group of younger kids who might be the reader's fellow students practice the moves, while brief text, written in the voice of a master teacher, explains exactly what to do. Covered are the five basic positions of ballet, followed by a series of exercises just as they would be performed in class—barre exercises, such as plie and rond de jambe; centerwork exercises, including arabesque and pas de bourree; and such jumps and turns as changement, pique, and emboite. Class finishes with reverence—a formal way dancers thank their teacher—and the book ends with a brief discussion of the next steps in ballet—pointe work and partnering.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From warm-ups in "Body Basics" to weighing acting as a vocation versus avocation, Break a Leg! The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft by Lise Friedman, photos by Mary Dowdle, provides aspiring actors with digestible chunks of information and photos. Brass tacks about getting an agent, going on auditions and joining a union, plus an appendix with suggested monologues, Web sites, etc., rounds out this valuable resource. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761113522
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
68
Product dimensions:
7.74(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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Meet the Author

K.C. Bailey's dance photography can be viewed in the Lincoln Center Dance Collection, and in the book Dance Ink Photographs.

Lisa Friedman is currently the dance writer for Microsoft's New York Sidewalk. A former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, she also served as founding editor of the award-winning quarterly Dance Ink and author of First Lessons in Ballet and an adjunct professor at New York University. She is also a contributing editor at Elleand a journalist who writes about the performing arts for various publications. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, just a short cab ride from the Great White Way!

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