How to...Ballet

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Penguin, Apr 18, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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If you have ever dreamt about becoming a prima ballerina, then this is the perfect book to set you on a course for stardom. How to...Ballet talks you through warming-up and shows how important it is to keep ballet-fit and flexible. It introduces the studio and shows you how to use the barre in easy step-by-step instructions. From basic exercises, the book takes you through to more advanced arabesques, pirouettes, leaps, and jumps.

How to...Ballet shows you how to look the part, with useful advice from the professionals, and an illustrated, step-by-step guide to ballet-perfect hair. You'll soon know adage from allegro and a grand plié from a grande jeté with How to...Ballet, which introduces the language of dance and makes it easy to understand and remember.

How to...Ballet ends with a section on life in ballet, from performing on stage to working behind-the-scenes. It shows how dancers work with choreographers, composers and costume makers to bring the magic of ballet to life. The book profiles the brilliant stars of ballet - from the Ballet Russe to the Ballet Boyz-and looks at how they got dancing. We also get to know the famous ballet stories and attend a grand ballet show in the finale.

 

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Contents

Before you start
7
Getting ready
8
Warming up 10
10
Good posture 12
12
Basic positions 14
14
More positions 16
16
At the barre 18
19
Perfect pliés 20
20
Petit allegro 36
36
Traveling steps 38
38
Allegro 40
40
Grand allegro 42
42
Cooldown 44
44
Next steps 46
47
Ballet school 48
48
Ready to perform 50
50

Battements tendus 22
22
Battements glissés and grands battements 24
24
Développés 26
26
Relevés and rises 28
28
Center practice 30
31
Directions 32
32
Adage 34
34
Ballet company 52
52
Ballet stories 54
54
Famous feet 58
58
Glossary 62
62
Index 64
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Established in 1974, DK publishes bestselling, award-winning and visually stunning reference books for adults and children and is fast becoming an internationally regarded content creator and provider across a wide range of media. DK is owned by media group Pearson PLC and is part of the Penguin Group and has offices in London, Melbourne, Munich, New Delhi, New York and Toronto.

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