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The ballet companion : a dancer's guide to the technique, traditions, and joys of ballet

Author: Eliza Gaynor Minden
Publisher: New York : Fireside Book/Simon & Schuster, ©2005.
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From the Publisher: 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eliza Gaynor Minden
ISBN: 074326407X 9780743264075
OCLC Number: 58831597
Notes: "A Lark production."
"A Fireside book."
Description: xv, 331 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Part 1: To be a dancer --
Getting started --
Selecting a ballet school --
Choosing your level of commitment --
Ballet moms and dads: Sine Qua Non --
What to expect of class --
What class expects of you --
Getting the most out of class --
When to begin pointework --
All that jazz, modern, and more --
Ballet at any age --
Getting serious --
Backstage and onstage --
Summer intensives --
Auditions --
Advanced classes: partnering and variations --
Men's training --
Competitions --
Curious dancer: Studio attire--
Ribbons and elastics --
Ballet bun --
Stage makeup --
Ballet's courtly origins --
Tour de Force: Catherine de Medici and Le Ballet Comique de la Reine --
Rebels, rivals, and the "Shakespeare of Ballet" --
Louis XIV and the French tradition --
Romanticism --
Extraordinary partnership: Fonteyn and Nureyev --
Part 2: Ballet basics --
Major schools of ballet --
French school --
Bournonville (Denmark) --
Cecchetti (Italy) --
Royal Academy of Dance (England) --
Vaganova (Soviet Russia) --
Balanchine --
Fundamentals of technique --
Alignment --
Lift --
Turnout --
Positions and orientations --
Positions of the feet --
Positions of the arms --
Sur le Cou-de-Pied --
Passe or retire --
Arabesques --
Attitude --
Orientations of the body --
Curious dancer: Dance notation --
Through the ranks --
Tour de Force: Tutu much: ballet costumes --
Bournonville and the Danish tradition --
Ballet blanc: The Corps de Ballet's Triumph --
Pas de Quatre (not Pas de Cinq) --
Livry's shroud --
Part 3: Ballet class --
Before class --
Warm up --
Stretch --
At the barre --
Plie --
Releve --
Cambre --
Battement tendu --
Rond de Jambe par Terre --
Fondu --
Battement Frappe --
Developpe --
Grand Rond de Jambe --
Petit Battement sur le Cou-de-Pied --
Rond de Jambe en l'Air --
Barre stretches --
Grand battement --
Center floor --
Adagio/Adage --
Allegro: petit and grand --
Turns --
Reverence --
Musicality --
All about pointe --
Rise of the ballerina --
How a pointe shoe works --
How to select and fit pointe shoes --
Pointe training and technique --
Curious dancer: Pirouette tips from the pros --
Anatomy of a pointe shoe --
Foot types --
Tour de Force: Pioneers of pointe: Taglioni and Legnani --
Petipa and the Tsars' ballet --
Pavlova --
Modern dance --
Nijinsky --
Astonish Me, Diaghilev, Fokine, and the Ballets Russes --
Part 4: Healthy dancer --
Respect your body; dance forever --
Eating well to dance well --
Body esteem: dealing with the mirror --
Eating disorders --
Puberty and dancing --
Anatomy illustrated --
Injury prevention --
Avoiding burnout --
Ballet injury "hot spots" --
Muscles-pulls and tears --
Anatomical terms --
Daily care for dancing feet --
If you are injured --
Cross training --
Pilates --
Yoga --
Resistance training --
Floor-Barre --
Gyrotonic --
Swimming --
Curious Dancer: Ballet's folk dance tradition, ballet on Broadway --
Mime --
Tour de Force: Tale of two cities: The Kirov and the Bolshoi --
Balanchine, Kirstein, and New York City Ballet --
American Ballet Theatre --
Ashton, de Valois, and the Royal Ballet --
Dance boom of the '60s and '70s --
Part 5: Ballet literacy --
Must-see ballet --
Curious dancer: Must-see ballet at a glance --
Historical time line --
Glossaries --
Ballet terms --
Music terms --
Theater terms --
Social dances --
Dancer slang --
Further reading --
Resources --
Videos --
Organizations --
Magazines and publications --
Index.
Responsibility: Eliza Gaynor Minden.
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Meant for dancers of all levels, this colour ballet reference book covers the technique, artistry, training, performance and enjoyment of ballet. With photographs of ballet greats Maria Riccetto and  Read more...

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"This is the very book I would have loved to have discovered when I first started to study ballet." -- Allegra Kent, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet and author of "Once a Dancer"

 
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