Call Number: MT 95 .B3 1975 (Reference collection) and Music stacks
Publication Date: 1975-05-20
Apollo's Angels by Jennifer HomansBallet is a storytelling art passed on from teacher to student. A ballerina dancing today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to sixteenth-century Italy and France. From ballet's origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France's Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), Jennifer Homans, a historian and critic who was also a professional dancer, traces the evolution of technique, choreography, and performance in clear prose.--From publisher description.
by Shani Robison: "The great master teachers of past and present are passing on a noble tradition and wealth of knowledge. However, there is the opportunity to match the forward thinking and experimental attitudes of our choreographers with our teachers, so that in the long run the dancers become the greatest beneficiaries. Without changing the body of the classical ballet steps, we can begin to transform the concept of ballet pedagogy and delve into a psychological and pedagogical journey of the teaching of ballet through transformational learning."