Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinThe photographs in this book will bring perusers of all ages pleasure, but their words will be of particular value to students who have had considerable dance work-specifically her detailed references to the executions of steps, body positioning and arm and head work. The dance teacher who vetted the books in this section noted that this one will help students understand the importance of good, slow technique, and that anyone aspiring to perform should heed Ms. Bussell's comments on the work required throughout her life as a professional dancer.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-7-An accurately detailed, beautifully photographed guide to the fascinating world of ballet. With great care and knowledge, Bussell describes the development of young dancers. Students from the Royal Ballet School in London demonstrate the many stages involved, from the basic positions to an actual performance. Along with the clear, technically accurate photos and explanations, there are exciting pictures of renowned artists performing classical and contemporary ballets, accompanied by succinct commentaries. The author provides a brief, yet perceptive sketch of her own life as a professional ballerina, personalizing this glimpse into the world of ballet. Would-be dancers as well as those who prefer to watch rather than participate will be kept ``on their toes'' with this book, and should find in it both inspiration and useful information, including the addresses of some famous schools and companies and a listing of 26 ballets, with brief plot summaries.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Carolyn PhelanWritten by Bussell, who dances with the Royal Ballet, and Linton, who teaches at the Royal Ballet School, this well-conceived book introduces children to the positions, movements, traditions, and history of ballet. Both the text and the illustrations are unusually clear and precise. Like a good ballet teacher, the book emphasizes the proper placement of the body for various set positions and steps. Dorling Kindersley's signature visual style works quite effectively here, with full-color photographs throughout. The many figures on a double-page spread appear silhouetted against the white background, clearly showing each line of the body. Captions explain the finer points and feelings of each movement. Also used throughout the book are photos illustrating choreography, performances, and activities in the studio and backstage. Appendixes include an address list of American dance companies and a glossary of ballet terms, particularly useful because they are mainly French.
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