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The Classic Ballet - Lincoln Kirstein

Paperback Published: 5th October 2004
ISBN: 9780375710773
Number Of Pages: 244

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"For soundness, for clarity, for succinctness, this manual of basic ballet is the best there is anywhere."
-Edwin Denby, "The Nation"
With a precision unparalleled in any other book of its kind, "The Classic Ballet" presents a lucid text, and nearly six hundred drawings describe and illustrate in minute detail the proper body position, balance point, movement, and attitude of each position and step in the basic classical repertory.
As George Balanchine wrote in his preface: "There are no shortcuts to great dancing, but what is necessary to remember and unalterable in its instruction may be found in this book . . . An admirable source of reference for the highest standard of practice." It is an invaluable tool for the student or teacher of ballet-as well as a must-have treasure for the balletomane.

The Classic Ballet: Historical Developmentp. 3
The Classic Ballet: Basic Technique and Terminologyp. 21
Introduction to Basic Techniquep. 21
Correct Posturep. 24
Correct Turnout for Beginnersp. 26
Centers of Muscular Controlp. 28
Exercises at the Barp. 31
Introduction to Bar Techniquep. 31
Five Basic Positionsp. 32
Pliesp. 34
Battementsp. 40
Ronds de Jambep. 64
Relevesp. 74
Exercises in the Centerp. 79
Introduction to Center Practice and Adagiop. 79
Basic Positions in the Center (Epaulement)p. 80
Basic Positions of the Bodyp. 82
Temps Liep. 88
Port de Brasp. 92
Attitudesp. 102
Arabesquesp. 106
Fouette en face en l'airp. 110
Grand Fouette en tournantp. 112
Grand Rond de Jambe en l'air, terminating with Renverse en dehorsp. 114
Pirouettes and turning movementsp. 118
Linking steps and movementsp. 146
Allegrop. 159
Introduction to Allegrop. 159
Jumpsp. 160
Beats (Batterie)p. 216
Dance on Pointesp. 233
Introduction to Dance on Pointesp. 233
Basic Exercises on Pointesp. 234
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780375710773
ISBN-10: 0375710779
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 5th October 2004
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.0 x 21.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1