The Ballet Companion
A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of BalletBook - 2005
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.
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This book is written by Eliza Gaynor Minden who developed the highly popular Gaynor Minden point shoes and is a former ballet dancer herself. She is highly acclaimed around the world and the publication of this book has only added to her fame.
This book is chocked full of amazing tips, tricks and techniques for learning ballet. It ranges from beginning to advanced; there is something for every ballerina to learn from. The book begins with guidelines for choosing a good training school and dance classes as well as expectations and etiquette of those classes. It overviews, both recreational and competitive strands of ballet and also discusses advice and requirements for both competitions and auditions.
The main part of this book is instructional on ballet repertoire; it is very easy to read and has step by step instructions that teach you the movements while also handing out advice and techniques for improvement. Pointe and pas de deux repertoire is also included. This book teaches both male and female repertoire however many of the steps overlap and are performed by both. The book, discusses not only ballet steps but also how to improve poise, posture, musicality, stage presence and performing techniques.
Also included are guidelines for being a healthy dancer and preventing injury. The book is over 300 pages and provides a highly concise, but also accurate, learn able and inspiring perspective on the art of ballet.
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