Ballet Spectacular (Book)

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Ballet Spectacular (Book)
A Young Ballet Lover's Guide and An Insight into A Magical World
by Lisa Miles

This enchantingly beautiful book is the perfect reference volume for children who love ballet. Featuring stunning full-color photos from The Royal Ballet’s own collections and informative, fact-filled entries, it covers all things dance! Inside, young readers will be captivated by:

  • A history of ballet through the centuries
  • An overview of basic ballet steps, music, and choreography
  • A look inside The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School
  • Details about shoes, tutus, accessories, costumes, and more

Most intriguing to passionate young lovers of dance will be the exploration of a day in the life of a professional ballet dancer, images of beloved performers such as Margot Fonteyn, Darcey Bussell, and Carlos Acosta, detailed close-ups of costumes, and photos from iconic performances of The Royal Ballet. More than 160 color and black & white images throughout.

From the Reviews:
“Once in a while, a book comes along that not only meets the need of the readers, but does so with care, artistry and a true sense of who the reader is. The book published in collaboration with the Royal Ballet of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, is such a book. ‘Ballet Spectacular’ is literary perfection. Miles' passion and expertise for the subject comes across in her writing, as does her knowledge of how to write for a juvenile audience. She writes at a level that informs but does not condescend. She incorporates quirky facts into the history of ballet and includes behind-the­ scenes facts that give readers an insider's glimpse into a world that is so much more than tutus and plies. Perhaps the finest quality about this book is that it provides the reader with a 360-degree view of ballet. Share this book with any fan of dance.”
—Asheville Citizen-Times

“The logo of the Royal Ballet on the jacket adds a regal touch to this large, colorful, handsomely produced volume. Ballet-minded readers will enjoy many of the photos, facts, and first-person narratives here.”

“This beautiful book, filled with fun facts about ballet and its history, spotlights The Royal Ballet and many of its stars. Your students won’t be able to resist its glossy, full-page photographs or its behind-the-scenes glimpse of ballet.”
—Dance Teacher Magazine

About The Author:
Lisa Miles has spent her entire career in children’s publishing writing and editing a variety of non-fiction titles. She previously worked on Usborne’s The World of Ballet in association with The Birmingham Royal Ballet, and described herself as an avid watcher of ballet.

  • Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover w/jacket / 80 Pages / 11 1/8 x 9 5/8



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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