Ballet for Dummies�

ISBN-10: 0764525689

ISBN-13: 9780764525681

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

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Description: More and more adults are discovering that ballet is not just for kids or professional dancers anymore. This unintimidating guide shows adults how to enter or return to the world of ballet, and helps them build poise, grace and balance.

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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Ballet Dancing from the Top
Curtain Up! Welcome to the Ballet
Ballet for Life
In the Beginning
Watching Great Choreography for Inspiration
Gathering Your Ballet Materials
Staying Healthy and Avoiding Injury
Getting Started: It's Easier Than You Think
Why Being a Ballet Novice Helps You Enjoy Ballet
Stocking the Tools of the Trade
Finding the Right Practice Space
Practicing on a Ballet-Friendly Floor (or the Next-Best Thing)
The Barre Essentials
Dressed to Dance
Choosing Ballet Slippers
Keeping Your Hair in Its Place
More Ballet Paraphernalia
Getting Toasty: Warming Up Your Body
Getting Grounded: Floor Stretches
Strengthening the Stabilizers
More Strengthening: Floor Barre
Leaping into Ballet Basics
Finding the Correct Ballet Stance
Walking Like a Duck: Proper Leg Alignment
Practicing the Positions of the Feet and Arms
The Graceful Ballet Hand
Music, Maestro!
Finding Musical Options for Each Exercise
Counting It Out
Belly Up to the Barre
Basic Barre-Tending
Standing at the Barre: Starting Position
Small Knee Bends: Demi-Plies
Adding Bends--The Port de Bras
Rises to the Balls of the Feet (Releves)
Big Knee Bends (Grands Plies)
Extending the Legs (Battements Tendus)
Drawing Circles on the Floor (Rond de Jambe a Terre)
Practicing Your One-Legged Balance (Retire and Releve)
Stepping It Up at the Barre
Melting into a One-Leg Knee Bend (Fondu)
The Pas de Cheval (Horse Step)
Striking the Floor with Your Foot (Battement Tendu Frappe)
Getting a Leg Up
Extending Your Leg Slowly into the Air (Grand Battement Developpe)
Kicking Your Leg Up, Controlling It Down (Grands Battements)
A Combination for Developpes and Grands Battements
Stretching Out Your Legs on the Barre
Focusing on Releves
Center Floor, Anyone?
Getting to Center Floor
Mapping Out the Room
Positioning Your Body in Battement Tendu
Lifting Your Leg Slowly (Developpe--Adagio)
Lifting Your Leg Behind (Arabesque)
Lifting Your Leg Behind with a Bent Knee (Attitude)
An Adagio Combination
Ballet's Tasmanian Devil: The Pirouette
It's All in the Spot
The Pre-Pirouette: Turning on Two Legs
Turning on One Leg
Traveling Turns
Whipping It Up: The Famous Fouette
Linking It Together: The Steps Between the Steps
Galloping in the Air (Chasse)
Gliding between Steps (Glissade)
Doing the Three-Step
Getting from One Place to Another
Faking It Gracefully (Coupe)
Ground Control to Ballet Dancer
Small Jumps on Two Legs (Petit Allegro)
Small Jumps on One Leg (More Petit Allegro)
Brushing Your Feet into a Jump
Traveling Jumps
Getting More Air Time
Doing the Impossible: Stationary Jumps
Jumping Across the Floor (Grand Allegro)
The Reverent Stretch and Bow (Reverance)
Living the Ballet Life
Partners Aren't Just for Square Dancing
Partnering 101: Finding Her Balance
Promenading
What Did You Have for Dinner Last Night? Lifting Safely
Don't Try This at Home! Lifts to Look for in Performance
Exploring Choreography
Classical Ballet Constants
Applying the Steps to the Great Choreography
Dancing with a Modern Flair
Basic Guidelines of Choreography
Getting Inspired by Others
What the Heck Are They Saying? The Art of Ballet Mime
Telling a Story with Gestures
Understanding the Basic Principles of Ballet Mime
Mastering the Most Common Gestures
Famous Examples of Ballet Mime
Watching Ballet in Action
Getting Ready
Arriving Early
Can I Wear a Codpiece to Romeo and Juliet?
A Pre-Ballet Food-Lover's Manual
Knowing Where to Sit--and Getting the Best Ticket Deals
Who to Bring, Who to Leave at Home with the Hamsters
Ballets to Attend--or Avoid--on a Date
Understanding What You Are Watching
Life in the Wings
Unstrung Heroes--The Ballet Orchestra
Basking in the Afterglow
The Part of Tens
The Ten Most Commonly Used Ballet Steps
Small Knee Bend (Demi-Plie) in Fifth Position
Leg Stretch (Battement Tendu and Degage)
Developpe
Leg Lifted Back (Arabesque) in First Position
Leg Lifted Back and Bent (Attitude)
Outward Turn (Pirouette en Dehors) from Fourth Position
Forward Jump with Split (Grand Jete)
The Gliding Step (Glissade)
The Famous Fouette--Count 'Em, 32!
Double Turn in the Air (Double Tour en l'Air)
Ten Best-Loved Classical Ballets
La Sylphide
Giselle
Don Quixote
Coppelia
La Bayadere
Swan Lake
Sleeping Beauty
The Nutcracker
Romeo and Juliet
Cinderella
Ten Great "Contemporary" Ballets
The Rite of Spring
Serenade
Pillar of Fire
Rodeo
Fancy Free
La Fille Mal Gardee
Song of the Earth
Forgotten Land
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
The Hard Nut
Othello
The Ten Best Ballet Terms for Cocktail Parties
Ten Fascinating Facts about Professional Ballet Dancers
The Discipline Needed to Be a Dancer
A Dancer's Schedule: A Day in the Life
What Dancers Actually Eat
The Hierarchy of a Ballet Company
The Mysterious Pointe Shoe
Why Macho Guys Dance
Women, Pregnancy, and Performance
Why Some Ballet Dancers Need Hip Replacements
Party versus Performance
Early Retirement
Why It's All Worth It
Glossary
Index
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