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Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet

by Gail Grant

From adagio to voyage, over 800 steps, movements, poses, and concepts are fully defined. A pronunciation guide and cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions also included.

Basic Principles of Classical Ballet

by Agrippina Vaganova

Discusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. 118...

The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet: Theory and Technique

by Cyril W. Beaumont & Stanislas Idzikowski

A complete beginning course in classical ballet, this volume is based on the teachings of the celebrated instructor, Enrico Cecchetti. Features a numbered series of instructions for each exercise, plus 109 detailed...

Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection

by Deirdre Kelly

Throughout her history, the ballerina has been perceived as the embodiment of beauty and perfection— the feminine ideal. But the reality is another story. From the earliest ballerinas in the 17th century, who...

Pas de Deux

by Catherine Bannon

Joyce had loved Kenneth since she was little more than a baby. So when they were able to push up their wedding to allow her to accept a place in a prestigious ballet program, she was sure that life was going...

Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

by James Steichen

In 1933 choreographer George Balanchine and impresario Lincoln Kirstein embarked on an elusive quest to found a ballet company and school in the United States. Though their efforts would eventually result in...

The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body

by Pirkko Markula & Marianne I. Clark

Dance has become increasingly visible within contemporary culture: just think of reality TV shows featuring this art form. This shift brings the ballet body into renewed focus. Historically both celebrated and...

Clarence Brown

by Gwenda Young & Kevin Brownlow

Greta Garbo proclaimed him as her favorite director. Actors, actresses, and even child stars were so at ease under his direction that they were able to deliver inspired and powerful performances. Academy--Award--nominated...

Daethon & Arundel

by David Hotchkiss

Separated by class and by eighteenth century societal rules, a lowly palace servant, Daethon, and the young prince, Arundel, fall in love in a world beset by dangers. Set in the wild lands between Austria and...

After the Applause Stops

by Sally Bailey Jasperson

Who are you when you no longer do what youve been doing for years? It is the big question facing anyone who retires. It is something any retiree can relate to, and any retiree could have a story here. However,...


by Janet Sassoon

The book tells the tale of a seven-year-old girl who starts to study ballet and dreams of reaching her goal as prima ballerina. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet and is encouraged to dance. She started...

Night Island

by Johanna van Leeuwen Sepe

Johanna van Leeuwen Sepe was born in the Netherlands in 1939. Her story begins in the early years of her childhood through the Second World War. As Johanna’s story unfolds, we learn the turmoil that ensued,...

For the Love of Dance

by Dame Beryl Grey

Dame Beryl Grey’s life is defined by her love of dance.

As bombs fell on London, and aged only fourteen, she joined Ninette de Valois’s ballet Company, touring Britain during WWII. Despite the difficulties...

The Rite of Spring at 100

by Gretchen G Horlacher, Severine Neff, Maureen A Carr & Stephen Walsh

When Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) premiered during the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, its avant-garde music and jarring choreography scandalized...

Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home

by Janine Kovac

When Janine Kovac gives birth to micro preemie twins nearly four months before they are due, she channels the grace and strength that carried her through a successful ballet career. The human body has amazing...

American–Soviet Cultural Diplomacy

by Cadra Peterson McDaniel

American–Soviet Cultural Diplomacy: The Bolshoi Ballet’s American Premiere is the first full-length examination of a Soviet cultural diplomatic effort. Following the signing of an American-Soviet cultural...

Passion to Dance: The National Ballet of Canada

by James Neufeld

The National Ballet of Canada has emerged as one of North America's foremost dance troupes. This is its story - the people who dreamt the company into existence, the determination needed to keep it afloat, its...

Dundurn Performing Arts Library Bundle - Theatre: Broadway North / Let's Go to The Grand! / Once Upon a Time in Paradise / Passion to Dance / Sky Trai

by James Neufeld, Charles Foster, Mel Atkey & Martin Hunter et al.

Canada's twentieth century contributions to the performing arts are detailed in this entertaining bundle of acclaimed titles covering dance, theatre, radio, and musicals. Learn about the country's rich tradition...

An English Ballet

by Ninette de Valois & David Gayle

Ninette de Valois was an extraordinary woman. Not only did she create The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School and the company that has become Birmingham Royal Ballet - in themselves great achievements - but...

Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan

by Andrej Uspenski

Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan is an intimate portrait of the work of a ballet superstar, and the story told in pictures of how she prepares for the most iconic role in all of ballet. Features over 150 black...