Ballet Beyond Tradition

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Music - 187 pages
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For nearly a century, the training of ballet and modern dancers has followed two divergent paths. Modern practitioners felt ballet was artificial and injurious to the body; ballet teachers felt that modern dancers lacked the rigorous discipline and control that comes only from years of progressive training.

Ballet Beyond Tradition seeks to reconcile these age-old conflicts and bring a new awareness to ballet teachers of the importance of a holistic training regimen that draws on the best that modern dance and movement-studies offers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Brief Historical Perspective
13
The Concepts
23
The Bodys Center
25
Alignment
33
Succession
45
Opposition
55
Potential and Kinetic Energy
63
Isolation
97
The Practice
103
Laying the Foundation
105
Exercises of the Barre
113
Introduction to the Class
125
Conclusion
145
Glossary
149
Notes
173

Fall
69
Weight
77
Recovery and Rebound
85
Suspension
91

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About the author (2005)

Anna Paskevska is the author of one of the best-regarded books on kinesiology and dance, Both Sides of the Mirror, first published in 1982, and issued in a 2nd edition in 1992. She also is the author of Ballet: From the First Pliť to Mastery, a syllabus for ballet teaching (Routledge, 2002). She is past Chair of the Dance Department at the Chicago Academy of Arts.

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