Ballet For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 12, 2019 - Performing Arts - 368 pages

Whether you want to participate in ballet or just watch it, the ballet experience can excite and inspire you. Ballet is among the most beautiful forms of expression ever devised: an exquisite mix of sight and sound, stunning, aesthetics, and awesome technique.

Ballet For Dummies is for anyone who wants to enjoy all that the dance forms offers – as an onlooker who wants to get a leg up on the forms you're likely to see or as an exercise enthusiast who understands that the practice of ballet can help you gain:

  • More strength
  • Greater flexibility
  • Better body alignment
  • Confidence in movement
  • Comfort through stress reduction
  • Infinite grace – for life

From covering the basics of classical ballet to sharing safe and sensible ways to try your hand (and toes) at moving through the actual dance steps, this expert reference shows you how to:

  • Build your appreciation for ballet from the ground up.
  • Choose the best practice space and equipment.
  • Warm up to your leap into the movements.
  • Locate musical options for each exercise.
  • Look for certain lifts in a stage performance.
  • Tell a story with gestures.
  • Picture a day in the life of a professional ballet dancer.
  • Identify best-loved classic and contemporary ballets.
  • Speak the language of ballet.

Today you can find a ballet company in almost every major city on earth. Many companies have their own ballet schools – some for training future professionals, and others for interested amateurs. As you fine-tune your classical ballet technique – or even if you just like to read about it – you'll become better equipped to fully appreciate the great choreography and many styles of the dance. Ballet For Dummies raises the curtain on a world of beauty, grace, poise, and possibility!

Ballet For Dummies (9781119643104) was previously published as Ballet For Dummies (9780764525681). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.

 

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Contents

Table of Contents
2
Introduction
3
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12
Stocking the Tools of the Trade
17
Getting Toasty Warming Up Your Body
31
Strengthening the Stabilizers
38
Leaping into Ballet Basics
47
Practicing the Positions of the Feet and Arms
56
Ground Control to Ballet Dancer
187
Getting More Air Time
205
Living the Ballet Life
219
Exploring Choreography
235
Ballet For Dummies
246
What the Heck Are They Saying? The Art of Ballet Mime
249
Watching Ballet in Action
267
The Part of Tens
281

Music Maestro
63
BELLY UP TO THE BARRE
73
Stepping It Up at the Barre
97
Getting a Leg Up
115
Center Floor Anyone?
137
Ballets Tasmanian Devil The Pirouette
155
Linking It Together The Steps Between the Steps
173
Introduction 1
180
Ten BestLoved Classical Ballets
287
Ten Great Contemporary Ballets
295
The Ten Best Ballet Terms for Cocktail Parties
303
Glossary of Ballet Terms
315
Ballet For Dummies
316
INDEX
323
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About the author (2019)

Scott Speck has conducted hundreds of ballet performances throughout the United States and Europe. He is Music Director of the Joffrey Ballet, Artistic Director of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and former Conductor of the San Francisco Ballet. Evelyn Cisneros danced for the San Francisco Ballet for 23 years and is the Artistic Director of the National Dance Institute of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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