ABC of Ballet
Clearly worded and abundantly illustrated, this volume offers a concise introduction to the language and positions of classical ballet. Beginning with the five basic foot positions, it fully defines and describes more than 40 ballet-related terms, from adagio and allegro to tutu and variation. Includes an alphabetically listed pronunciation guide.
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ABC of Ballet ah-vahn ahn lair Aline Ordman ankle Arabesque Penchée arched arm is extended arm positions arms form Attitude balanced ballerina ballet dancer ballet terms barre body breastbone Brisé Volé Chat Choreography classical ballet Coda curved dance movement dancer stands Danseur demi-pointe deux duh brah duh duh duh shah duh trwah exercises extended forward feet are tumed female dancer fifth position Fish Dive five foot positions floor Fouetté Fourth position front grand battement hand centered head heels Ianet Grosser jeté jump knee La Sylphide landing leg is raised male dancer Marie Taglioni Mime original position outward pah duh parallel partner Pas de Deux plee-ay plié position demi-plié prima ballerina principal dancer pwahnt rotated San Francisco Second position shows a dancer Sleeping Beauty Supported Pirouette supporting leg Swan lake Sylphide Third position Toe shoes toes pointing Tour tums Turnout tutu usually variation voh-lay weight whipping whole leg