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Belinda Begins Ballet

Item# 1000004729

Belinda Begins Ballet
Written and Illustrated by Amy Young

Belinda was a little girl who wanted to dance. But there were two things standing in the way - her left foot and her right foot. This book about everyone’s favorite ballerina who dreams big will delight aspiring ballerinas everywhere.

“A solid story with a positive message about underdogs and self-confidence.” -- School Library Journal

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover, 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 14, 2008)
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 10.1 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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