The Ballet Companion (Hardcover)

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The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet
By Eliza Gaynor Minden

The Ballet Companion is an illustrated reference book for dancers at all levels, with stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating proper execution of positions and steps. Written by former dancer Gaynor Minden, it shares practical dancer-to-dancer advice on everything from training safely to correctly fitting a pointe shoe to performing a perfect pirouette.

A valuable resource for all dancers, The Ballet Companion also includes technique secrets from stars of American Ballet Theatre, an explanation of the major ballet styles, a glossary of dance terms, and an informative history of ballet.

"Everyone involved with or interested in ballet should read this book. Comprehensively researched and packed with valuable information, The Ballet Companion is a treasure-trove for ballet enthusiasts."  - Kirk Peterson, Ballet Master/Choreographer, American Ballet Theatre

"This is the very book I would have loved to have discovered when I first started to study ballet." - Allegra Kent, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet

"A superb reference book -- all the information today's students need but can't get just by taking class. Every dancer's library should have it." - Angel Corella, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 11, 2005)
  • Dimensions: 7.4" W x 1" D x 9.2" H

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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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