Ballet for Beginners
A young girl, eyes wide with delight, watches a beautiful ballerina glide seemingly effortlessly across the stage. The dancer's gossamer costume follows her movements; her elegant satin slippers shimmer under the lights of performance. For the young girl, all else disappears. This is what she wants to do. She wants to learn ballet. And here is all she'll need to get started. Full-color photographs taken in actual dance classes showcase everything from the correct bearing and basic positions to movements like pirouettes, arabesques, jumps, and combinations. Each exercise is broken down and commented on by expert ballet teacher and former principal dancer Marie-Laure Medova. Advice is given on choosing a class and what to expect in it, selecting the proper clothing and shoes, and much more. A history of ballet and a discussion of how an entire production is brought to the stage complete this wonderful introduction to classical ballet for both boys and girls. With dedication, hard work, and proper instruction, any child can learn to gracefully reach en pointe for the stars!
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THE CLASSIC DANCE LESSON
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