100 Lessons in Classical Ballet by Vera KostrovitskayaThe complete 8-year curriculum of Leningrad's famed Vaganova Choreographic School, which trained Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and Makarova, including over 100 photographs. A volume which no teacher, scholar, or student of the dance can afford to miss. This translation by Oleg Briansky.
15 page booklet gives a good overview of how ballet behind the iron curtain was perceived at the time by those outside of the Soviet Union.
Classes in Classical Ballet by Asaf MessererThis is one of the most celebrated manuals of classic dance instruction in the world. Messerer has gained an international reputation for his classes in classical technique-models of invention and well-rounded exercise, stressing both precision and fluid artistic control. Nearly 500 photographs of principal Bolshoi dancers illustrate the positions and steps indicated, and an introductory section by Messerer outlines his basic plan and philosophy of teaching.
Call Number: MD 1788 .M413 1975
Publication Date: 1975
Principles of Classical Ballet by Agrippina VaganovaDiscusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. Offers dancers, teachers, and ballet lovers information often difficult to locate in other books. 118 illustrations.
Pas de Deux by Nikolai Serebrennikov; Marian Horosko (Editor, Revised by)The original book was created for the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. This expanded edition contains new text, sketches, and photographs that describe 32 new poses and lifts, along with new information about strengthening exercises and balance points.
Earlier edition : MD 1788.2 .P37 S4713 1979
Call Number: MD 1788.2 .P37 S4713 2000
Publication Date: 2000-06-29
Vaganova method videos
See the Music Desk on HBLL level four for DVDs.
Children of Theatre StreetThis Oscar-nominated documentary, narrated by the legendary Princess Grace of Monaco, tells the story of Russia's famous ballet academy, the Kirov School, that produced some of the greatest dancers in the history of ballet, such as Nijinsky, Pavlova, Nureyev.