The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet

The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet

by Eliza Gaynor Minden
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The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet by Eliza Gaynor Minden

A New Classic for Today's Dancer
The Ballet Companion is a fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the dancer. With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today's dance student needs, including:

  • Practical advice for getting started, such as selecting a school, making the most of class, and studio etiquette
  • Explanations of ballet fundamentals and major training systems
  • An illustrated guide through ballet class -- warm-up, barre, and center floor
  • Guidelines for safe, healthy dancing through a sensible diet, injury prevention, and cross-training with yoga and Pilates
  • Descriptions of must-see ballets and glossaries of dance, music, and theater terms

Along the way you'll find technique secrets from stars of American Ballet Theatre, lavishly illustrated sidebars on ballet history, and tips on everything from styling a ballet bun to stage makeup to performing the perfect pirouette.
Whether a budding ballerina, serious student, or adult returning to ballet, dancers will find a lively mix of ballet's time-honored traditions and essential new information.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416595717
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 626,939
File size: 24 MB
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The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive only read the sample, but so far its already really helpfu!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book helped so much! It gave me so much information and I take it with me to all classes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be on every dancers shelf! It has really helped me gain artistic and historical knowledge in dance. The pictures are delightful and the text is put together in and easy to follow fun, colorful format. This is a must have book for dancers, dance teachers, dance historians, dance lovers, or for people who are curious about the dance world. Eliza Gaynor Minden wowed me with her amazing pointe shoes and dance products, now she has amazed me with this amazing book:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite the cost, this book is fantastic. I started ballet when I was 2 years old and i quit for a few years, but now I tok it up again and was very interested in learning lots about it. This book has such great pictures and really great advice. I found the health section very helpful to me, partially because I am recovering from an eating disorder. 100 beautiful pirouettes out of 100.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with information, wonderful and beautiful pictures, small biographies, and short bits of history. I would advise EVERYONE to buy this book. It is fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a dancer of seven years and on pointe. Im auditioning for the colorado youth ballet in a few days
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It gives tlyou lot's of tips and advice for every ballet dancer. If you are a dancer or just love ballet this is the perfect book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing for the ballet student and the professional ballet dancer alike. I am a stuudent and i cannot wait to apply these new found techniques into my ballet lases and taking the necessary preventations to prevent career ending injuries. This will also hopefully help me in my future career. There is al tidbits of ballet history, which is nice cause you get to know ballet on another ful level
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I go to briarwood ballet i havent done ballet for 5 days and im dieing to do it again i know that sounds weird but its weird not doing ballet i just ce back from a missions camp with my church
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so helpful to me, i leared so much about ballet and it helped me a lot in balllet class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect book for an aspiring ballet dancer like myself. This book not only gives you the name of every turn, jump, and leap, but also explains their movement and tips in great detail. This book also includes how to find the perfect pointe shoe for your foot, feet types, health as a dance and much, much more. I was very happy to see that under the health for dancers section it explained about eating disorders, and how you as a person and as a dancer could be ruined by eating disorders. Must see ballets and history of ballet is also included. To die for!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a ballet dancer, and this book has improved my technique 100%. I would highly recommend this to antone who seriously dances! It has improved my center of gravity, which makes my tuns and such better. Out of 100 turns, 100 of them were perfect quads. Before I could barely do a triple.....on FLAT. I can noe do a QUAD en' pointe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an outstanding book.
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DSSFX More than 1 year ago
I'm giving The Ballet Companion a 15/16. It helped me a lot and was full of details about ballet. I enjoyed how it talked about what you should expect at a tryout or competition. I highly recommend this book, it was very fun to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats the diet?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am ten yrs old and going on pointe pretty soon i hav only read the sample and it was helpful get the sample first before buying the whole thing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a ballarina my self i would read it if i were you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey people! I take ballet and I am going to preform tomarrow! Any words of advice?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey guys! I've been dancing my whole life so if you have any questions just ask! :) I'm on a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got to get this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad i read this book it has helped me with my dancing