Little Ballerina Dancing Book (Board Book & CD)

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Little Ballerina Dancing Book
By Fiona Watt; illustrated by Maria Cristina Lo Cascio and Shelagh McNicholas

This book with CD will delight all aspiring ballerinas. The CD contains over 30 minutes of ballet music perfect for tiptoeing, twirling, and skipping, and the book introduces five dances from famous ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and illustrates for young ballerinas how to perform some of the simpler steps.

  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Number of discs: 1 CD
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd (January 1, 2007)
  • Dimensions: 8.2" W x 0.8" D x 8.5" H
  • Ages: 3 and up



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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