The Ballet Book: Learning and Appreciating the Secrets of Dance

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The definitive book for learning and appreciating ballet, The Ballet Book goes behind the scenes to the classes, rehearsals, and performances that have shaped this prestigious ballet company. Readers will learn from the best as American Ballet Theatre dancers show how to stretch, stand, dance, and perform like professional ballerinas. Featuring photographs of dancers at their most dramatic--and most intimate--this fully illustrated book shares ballet's best-kept secrets and, by demonstrating how to watch and ...
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Overview

The definitive book for learning and appreciating ballet, The Ballet Book goes behind the scenes to the classes, rehearsals, and performances that have shaped this prestigious ballet company. Readers will learn from the best as American Ballet Theatre dancers show how to stretch, stand, dance, and perform like professional ballerinas. Featuring photographs of dancers at their most dramatic--and most intimate--this fully illustrated book shares ballet's best-kept secrets and, by demonstrating how to watch and appreciate as well as to dance ballet, is indispensable for every dancer and lover of dance.

The book offers a thorough explanation of each step in a dancer's routine: from preparing the shoes and stretching to classwork and rehearsals to the finale--the performance itself. Both a how-to and a privileged glimpse at the hours of practice and fierce determination that go into making the finest dancers, the book features ballet's brightest stars, including Nina Ananiashvili, popularly known as Nina Ballerina, and Ethan Stiefel, who has become a celebrity both onstage and off.
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This coffee-table volume documents via pictures and words the dancers of the venerable American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in class, rehearsal, and performance. To a fledgling balletomane, the beautiful 200-plus images reveal much about ballet, such as the fundamental positions, the sequence and structure of a ballet class, variants in artistic quality and expression among dancers, and the role of choreography. An experienced photographer of dance, Ellison (Romeo and Juliet: The Love Story in Dance) offers black-and-white and color shots that invite close study and will most certainly result in readers learning and appreciating dance. The cut-and-dried text by freelance writer Rubin, on the other hand, disappoints because it does not significantly add to the information one gleans from the photographs themselves; the same information is replicated in introductory volumes on ballet (e.g., Kay Ambrose's The Ballet-Lover's Companion). A significant portion of the text is dedicated to synopses of traditional ballets in ABT's repertory (e.g., Giselle, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet), but the reader interested in these classic works is better served by a host of readily available titles, including Balanchine's Complete Stories of the Great Ballets. This is an optional purchase for small public libraries and academic collections, but large public libraries may want to consider for the photographs.-Joan Stahl, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789308658
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 5/14/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2005

    A Sense of Inspiration

    This book really motivates young dancers to follow their dreams until they come true. If you ever have a doubt on whether or not ballet is right for you, just flip open this book and hopefully it will encourage you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    What every dancer needs

    This book is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Amazing pictures and wonderful decriptions. Every dancer should have a copy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    SO FAR I LOVE THE BOOK, I CAN'T WAIT TO FINISH IT

    I love everything about the text, photos. I use do ballet, but I didn't know anything about it when I took ballet. So this book is showing and telling about it. Its defintly a keepsake for me and my kids, grandkids, and so on. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    What's Up/Books by Richard Kassel/Dance Spirit Magazine

    'The elegant images that accompany Hanna Rubin's text in THE BALLET BOOK features Amercian Ballet Theatre dancers, as photographed by Nancy Ellison. The pictures which show dance in the studio, during rehearsal and onstage, speak volumes about the artform and will inspire any principal-in-training . The entire span of a ballet career is described in images and words, from the initial dream and the learning process through preparation and performance and even retirement.

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