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The Ballet Book (American Ballet Theatre)

Item# 1000003306

The Ballet Book (American Ballet Theatre)
Learning and Appreciating the Secrets of Dance
By American Ballet Theatre and Nancy Ellison

The art of ballet is interpreted and demonstrated by the renowned American Ballet Theatre, taking us behind the scenes to ABT classes, rehearsals, and memorable performances. With vivid photographs of their dancers, this book will be of interest to dancers and lovers of dance alike.

The book offers shares a look into a dancer's routine: from preparing the shoes and stretching , to class and rehearsals, to the performance itself. Both a how-to and a privileged glimpse into the world of dance, the book features ABT stars including Nina Ananiashvili and Ethan Stiefel.

About the Author
Nancy Ellison is a photographer whose work has been the subject of several books, including Romeo and Juliet (Universe) and Swan Lake.


  • Paperback, 224 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (July 4, 2003)
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches


In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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