The Ballet Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance

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Produced in conjunction with Canada's world-famous National Ballet School, The Ballet Book is a definitive instructional resource for youth and their parents who are beginning to explore the possibilities and delights of ballet.

The book illustrates in meticulous detail -- and through more than 100 photographs - every position, step and pose involved in barre work, pointe work, alignment, classical ballet poses, attitudes, allegros, batteries, pirouettes and arabesques. Age-appropriate and comprehensive, it is a motivational guide, with information on deciding to dance; finding a teacher; musical accompaniment; finding the ideal studio; what to wear and grooming; positions, steps and poses; and exercises and nutrition.

The Ballet Book is a strong guide for both boys and girls.

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Karen Kain was principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada and is now the company's artistic director.


The emphasis is on the joy of moving to music and the lifetime benefits of studying. (Horn Book Guide 1999-07-01)

This comprehensive guide, written by a teacher at Canada's National Ballet School, helps youngsters who love ballet to understand the hard work and commitment involved in classical dance training. (Susan Pine School Library Journal 1999-11-01)

A detailed, practical guide for serious ballet students ... To balance collections heavy on colorful ballet books for browsers with stars in their eyes, here's a guide for ballet students who are ready to get down to work. (Carolyn Phelan Booklist 1999-11-15)

A step-by-step resource for aspiring dancers, it contains more than 100 black-and-white photos of ballet positions and classical poses, most by Lydia Pawelak. (Publishers Weekly 1999-11-29)

Each chapter is written in easy-to-understand language, defining new terms and ballet expressions. The book covers finding a teacher and musical accompanist, specifications of the studio and what to wear. Terminology and steps to correct arm, feet, and body position are shown through photos. The importance of healthy meals and snacks, the need for exercises to improve posture, alignment, stance, and stamina are included. This book is a pleasure to read because of its smooth, graceful writing, and descriptive explanations. (Susan Shaver Book Report 2000-02-01)

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