Ballet For Dummies

Ballet For Dummies

by Scott Speck, Evelyn Cisneros


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ISBN-13: 9780764525681
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/29/2003
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 515,436
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Scott Speck has conducted the San Francisco Ballet in hundreds of performances at San Francisco Opera House and Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Evelyn Cisneros is Ballet Education Coordinator for the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Ballet Dancing from the Top.

Chapter 1: Curtain Up! Welcome to the Ballet.

Chapter 2: Stocking the Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 3: Getting Toasty: Warming Up Your Body.

Chapter 4: Leaping into Ballet Basics.

Chapter 5: Music, Maestro!

Part II: Belly Up to the Barre.

Chapter 6: Basic Barre-Tending.

Chapter 7: Stepping It Up at the Barre.

Chapter 8: Getting a Leg Up.

Part III: Center Floor, Anyone?

Chapter 9: Getting to Center Floor.

Chapter 10: Ballet’s Tasmanian Devil: The Pirouette.

Chapter 11: Linking It Together: The Steps Between the Steps.

Chapter 12: Ground Control to Ballet Dancer.

Chapter 13: Getting More Air Time.

Part IV: Living the Ballet Life.

Chapter 14: Partners Aren’t Just for Square Dancing.

Chapter 15: Exploring Choreography.

Chapter 16: What the Heck Are They Saying? The Art of Ballet Mime.

Chapter 17: Watching Ballet in Action.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: The Ten Most Commonly Used Ballet Steps.

Chapter 19: Ten Best-Loved Classical Ballets.

Chapter 20: Ten Great “Contemporary” Ballets.

Chapter 21: The Ten Best Ballet Terms for Cocktail Parties.

Chapter 22: Ten Fascinating Facts about Professional Ballet Dancers.



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Ballet For Dummies 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book and so far it really does not sound like it is written by someone who does Ballet. The section on placement is kind of lacking. It also uses the Cechetti method which is outdated. I dance six days a week and I have been dancing for about four years. I am half way through my third year en pointe. I am not saying this to be boastful. I just want whoever reads this to know I am not just some nut using ballet language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does not teach technique but it does tell a dumb person the difference between bending your knees and straightening them all the way. Heres a tip if you want to start dance than go to a class with a teacher. Oh and this book will not teach you how to do a split.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take it from a professional ballet dancer. You could never,EVER try to do ballet from a book! I have danced 19 years and still counting (starting at age two). We were warned from the very beginning that you can't trust books. I an ¿npointe, and I have performed in hundreds of premieres. Anyway, I do not recommend this book, unless you are like me and just want to get a kick out of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent bought he book, but I read the sample and thought it seemed helpful. I plan on getting it from the library. Im attempting to teach myself ballet, and so far its going pretty good! Do you know of any professionals who tauht themselves ballet? If you do, let me know, and ill look them up on youtube. Im not expecting to ever be as good as a professional as long as im teaching myself, but im just curious to know if its been done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book if u love dance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in ballet, go find a professional dance school. You can't learn ballet from a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not try to do ballet after reading this book only. You WILL end up injuring yourself and never be able to do real ballet the same wat again. Even peiple that are dancers and have been for years do not try to strengthen your technique with this book alone. I attend a prestigeous ballet cconservatory and have been in the corps for five years. I have done ballet since i was two and i am now 25. I have toure in five couuntries and i have ben in over 100 ballets as guest artist or lead and solo. I know wht i am talikng about. Do not expect to learn proper classical ballet th this book. Pleas go find a suitable teacher at a good ballet school and you will be doing yourself a favor.
Jessica Waldron More than 1 year ago
I loveed itt :DD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this have definitions
Alexis Scudder More than 1 year ago
I dance ballet and it is hard 2 start from a book and its not like real ballet!!!!! :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 13 years old and i have been dancing for 11 years this book does not improve your technique it was a nice thought but you cant read ballet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im Jackie and i have been dancing for 10 years. This book is not helpful on improving your technique. Do not waste your money please. I consider this to be a no go. Im 13 years od by the way. Thanks guys! Well ive got to go to ballet class! Good bye! -Jackie McFaye prima ballerina ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this use terminology....does it improve your technique at all?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am ten years old and have been dancing ballet since I was two years old. I am in all advanced and master classes and some are taught by the woman who started Vegh Baller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi i like ti dance too!