A Child's Introduction to Ballet (Book & CD)
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A Child's Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music and Magic of Classical Dance (Book & CD)
By Laura Lee; illustrated by Meredith Hamilton
With this entertaining book and accompanying CD, children can experience dance in a whole new way—by listening and learning at the same time. A Child's Introduction to Ballet combines the mesmerizing stories of the world’s great ballets with fun facts, history, dancing how-tos, and profiles of the most famous dancers, composers, and choreographers. From Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Peter and the Wolf and Fancy Free, 25 musical selections of the world’s best-loved ballets are presented here, illustrated with charming original watercolors. Uniquely interactive, educational, and fun, this colorful book is ideal for young dance lovers at every level.
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Number of discs: 1 CD
- Published: Black Dog & Leventhal; Har/Com edition (April 30, 2007)
- Book dimensions: 10.2" W x 0.5" D x 10.5" H
- Ages: 8-13
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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