The Classic Ballet: Basic Technique and Terminology

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University Press of Florida, 1952 - Performing Arts - 243 pages
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A warm welcome back to this beloved classic! For decades the standard text for ballet technique, this book--first published in 1952--presents a beginner's guide to basic movements, steps, and terminology. Written by the staff of the School of American Ballet, it builds on the Russian tradition of Anna Pavlova and reflects the dance style of George Balanchine.

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The classic ballet: basic technique and terminology

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Kirstein was one of the founders of the School of American Ballet along with George Balanchine. After debuting in 1952, this volume quickly became a standard in the field. The text and roughly 800 ... Read full review

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Stuart was the last protegee of Anna Pavlova and was an instructor at the School of American Ballet for thirty-five years.

Lincoln Kirstein first became involved in dance as a spectator and then moved to writing about dance, an occupation that he has continued throughout his life. Kirstein is considered by many to be the American authority on dance. He contributed more than any other contemporary American toward the development of theatrical dance in the United States. He is also credited with bringing Japanese theater to the United States. During the 1930s and 1940s, Kirstein founded and directed numerous ballet schools and companies, including the School of American Ballet, New York (1934), the American Ballet (1935), the Ballet Caravan (1936), and the Ballet Society (1946). He was also the founding director of The Dance Index.

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