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General ballet background information
Dictionaries: Video and Online
Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet
Call Number: MD 1585 .M373 V53 2003 DVD
Demonstrates the complete language of ballet - including positions and directions, barre, linking steps, center practice, pirouettes, adage, allegro, batterie, pointe, and musical enchainements.
American Ballet Theatre's Ballet Dictionary
A unique interactive resource designed to bring dance to the Web and make it accessible to everyone. Dover Publications has graciously allowed the use of 170 terms from the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, which are then demonstrated by ABT Company dancers.
Books for general ballet teaching
Recommended books for the ballet teacher
Technical manual and dictionary of classical ballet by From adagio to voyage, over 800 steps, movements, poses, and concepts are fully defined. A pronunciation guide and cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions that vary from the Russian to the French or Italian schools are also invaluable aids. "More information available in one book than we have ever had before." — Dance Magazine.
Earlier edition : MD 1787 .G72 T42 1967
Call Number: MD 1787 .G72 T42 1982
Publication Date: 1982
Classical Ballet by Classical ballet : its style and technique.
Call Number: MD 1788 .L38 1960
Publication Date: 1960
The Teaching of Classical Ballet by The teaching of classical ballet : common faults in young dancers and their training / by Joan Lawson.
Earlier edition : MD 1788 .L38 T41 1978
Call Number: MD 1788 .L38 T41 1983
Publication Date: 1983
Teaching Young Dancers by Teaching young dancers : muscular co-ordination in classical ballet / Joan Lawson.
Earlier edition : MD 1788 .L38 T42 1978
Call Number: MD 1788 .L38 T42 1984
Publication Date: 1984
The Art of Teaching Ballet by Warren combines her years of experience as a dancer and master ballet teacher and her engaging writing style to create a living history of 20th-century classical ballet training.
Call Number: MD 1788.5 .W37 1996
Publication Date: 1996
Classical Ballet Technique by "An excellent, comprehensive guide to ballet pedagogy valuable to teachers and students alike. For many years Gretchen's has been a major voice in the dance community, and this extensive work details the study of classical ballet from her unique and expert point of view. I applaud her, and I heartily recommend Classical Ballet Technique."--David Howard, International Ballet Master and Master Teacher
Call Number: MD 1788 .W37 1989
Publication Date: 1989
Teaching Classical Ballet by "A service of great importance for any artist wishing to pursue a career in dance. . . . applicable to both experienced and inexperienced dancers and teachers. It gives guidelines to the art of teaching ballet where none existed before."--Charles Flachs, principal dancer, Nashville Ballet
Call Number: MD 1788.5 .W44 1996
Publication Date: 1996
Ballet from the First Plie to Mastery by The book opens with a brief description of the benefits of ballet training to young dancers, then introduces fundamentals and precepts. Clear photographs show exactly how to execute each movement. Then an eight-year course is presented, taking the student from age 5 or 6 through the teen years, outlining exactly what is to be taught and how it is to be performed.
Call Number: MD 1788.5 .P37 1990
Publication Date: 1990-01-01
Ballet Accompaniment CDs
And others at this call number: MT 950.