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Ballet Companion A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet

ISBN-10: 074326407X
ISBN-13: 9780743264075
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 10/11/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

'The Ballet Companion' is an illustrated reference for dancers at all levels and gives advice on how to train safely, observe appropriate etiquette, and learn the techniques of accomplished dancers. The volume is complemented by historical information.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
To Be a Dancer
Getting Started
Selecting a Ballet School
Choosing Your Level of Commitment
Ballet Moms and Dads: Sine Qua Non
What to Expect of Class
What Class Expects of You
Getting the Most Out of Class
When to Begin Pointework
All That Jazz, Modern, and More
Ballet at Any Age
Getting Serious
Backstage and Onstage
Summer Intensives
Auditions
Advanced Classes: Partnering and Variations
Men's Training
Competitions
The Curious Dancer
Studio Attire
Ribbons and Elastics
The Ballet Bun
Stage Makeup
Ballet's Courtly Origins
Tour de Force
Catherine de Medici and Le Ballet Comique de la Reine
Rebels, Rivals, and the "Shakespeare of Ballet"
Louis XIV and the French Tradition
Romanticism
Extraordinary Partnership: Fonteyn and Nureyev
Ballet Basics
Major Schools of Ballet
The French School
Bournonville (Denmark)
Cecchetti (Italy)
Royal Academy of Dance (England)
Vaganova (Soviet Russia)
Balanchine
Fundamentals of Technique
Alignment
Lift
Turnout
Positions and Orientations
Positions of the Feet
Positions of the Arms
Sur le Cou-de-Pied
Passe or Retire
Arabesques
Attitude
Orientations of the Body
The Curious Dancer
Dance Notation
Through the Ranks
Tour de Force
Tutu Much: Ballet Costumes
Bournonville and the Danish Tradition
Ballet Blanc: The Corps de Ballet's Triumph
Pas de Quatre (not Pas de Cinq)
Livry's Shroud
Ballet Class
Before Class
Warm Up
Stretch
At the Barre
Plie
Releve
Cambre
Battement Tendu
Rond de Jambe par Terre
Fondu
Battement Frappe
Developpe
Grand Rond de Jambe
Petit Battement sur le Cou-de-Pied
Rond de Jambe en l'Air
Barre Stretches
Grand Battement
Center Floor
Adagio/Adage
Allegro: Petit and Grand
Turns
Reverence
Musicality
All About Pointe
The Rise of the Ballerina
How a Pointe Shoe Works
How to Select and Fit Pointe Shoes
Pointe Training and Technique
The Curious Dancer
Pirouette Tips from the Pros
Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe
Foot Types
Tour de Force
Pioneers of Pointe: Taglioni and Legnani
Petipa and the Tsars' Ballet
Pavlova
Modern Dance
Nijinsky
"Astonish Me." Diaghilev, Fokine, and the Ballets Russes
The Healthy Dancer
Respect Your Body; Dance Forever
Eating Well to Dance Well
Body Esteem: Dealing with the Mirror
Eating Disorders
Puberty and Dancing
Anatomy Illustrated
Injury Prevention
Avoiding Burnout
Ballet Injury "Hot Spots"
Muscles-Pulls and Tears
Anatomical Terms
Daily Care For Dancing Feet
If You Are Injured
Cross Training
Pilates
Yoga
Resistance Training
Floor-Barre
Gyrotonic
Swimming
The Curious Dancer
Ballet's Folk Dance Tradition
Ballet on Broadway
Mime
Tour de Force
A Tale of Two Cities: The Kirov and the Bolshoi
Balanchine, Kirstein, and New York City Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
Ashton, de Valois, and the Royal Ballet
The Dance Boom of the '60s and '70s
Ballet Literacy
Must-See Ballet
The Curious Dancer
Must-See Ballet at a Glance
Historical Time Line
Glossaries
Ballet Terms
Music Terms
Theater Terms
Social Dances
Dancer Slang
Further Reading
Resources
Videos
Organizations
Magazines and Publications
Index

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