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The ballet book : the young performer's guide to classical dance /

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Ballet is one of the world's loveliest and most demanding art forms, requiring both grace and athleticism. It has a rich history and continues to attract ambitious and dedicated students all over the world. "The Ballet Book" is produced in conjunction with Toronto's National Ballet School and is a definitive instructional resource for children who are beginning to explore the possibilities and delights of ballet. Lavishly illustrated with charming black & white photographs of students in action, complemented by explanatory text, "The Ballet Book" illustrates in detail the positioning of the arms and the feet, barre work, pointe work, alignment, classical ballet poses, attitudes, allegros, batteries and arabesques. The first chapter includes information about topics such as choosing to dance, finding a teacher, musical accompaniment, the ideal studio, what to wear, and grooming. The second chapter, The Ballet Class, provides detailed black and white photographs of positions of the arms, feet, body, and movements such as turning steps and pirouettes. The third chapter, The Healthy Dancer, describes body-conditioning exercises and exercises which will most benefit your particular physique, and also sensible eating habits and nutritious snacks. The fourth chapter provides photographs (with captions) of some of the world's most famous historical and modern ballet performances, such as "A Month in the Country," "The Nutcracker," "Swan Lake," "Four Last Songs," "Manon," "Giselle" and "Jardin de Alegrias." The comprehensive glossary will initiate students into the terms used in the study of ballet. This handsome book will serve as an inspirational motivator, an exceptional teaching aid, and an ideal companion for students. "The Ballet Book" includes a foreword by internationally renowned ballerina Karen Kain, currently Artist-in-Residence for The National Ballet of Canada, and a preface by Mavis Staires, Artistic Director, Canada's National Ballet School. Toronto's National Ballet School is one of North America's premier ballet schools, one of the best in the world, combining academic instruction with dance training.

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