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Airborne: The New Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield
Airborne: The New Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield
by Lois Greenfield, Daniel Giradin, William A. Ewing, Gira13944
Paperback from Chronicle Books
Angelina Ballerina
by Katharine Holabird, et al 
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 24 pages 
The Art of Teaching Ballet: Ten Twentieth-Century Masters
The Art of Teaching Ballet: Ten Twentieth-Century Masters
by Gretchen Ward Warren
Hardcover: 408 pages
University Press of Florida (T); ISBN: 081301459X; (December )

The Art of Teaching Ballet: Ten Twentieth-Century Masters
by Gretchen Ward Warren
Paperback: 408 pages
University Press of Florida; ISBN: 0813017114; (April )

Ballet: From the First Plie to Mastery, An Eight-Year Course
Ballet: From the First Plie to Mastery, An Eight-Year Course
by Anna Paskevska
Book Description: Ballet: From the First Plie to Mastery is designed as a complement to a beginning student's ballet training. The book opens with a brief description of the benefits of ballet training to young dancers, and then introduces fundamentals and precepts of the technique. 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. A glossary, bibliography, and discography close the book. 

Young girls-and increasingly, boys-are drawn to ballet training as a way of developing healthy musculature and bones, building an aesthetic awareness, and enhancing body image. Paskevska believes that-when performed correctly-ballet can provide a lifetime of artistic and physical pleasure. Shunning pyrotechnics and flashy technique, the book offers a solid grounding in the basics of ballet movement that will serve the student well, whether or not he or she chooses to continue training. Through her comprehensive examination of the how, why, and when of performing basic ballet techniques, Paskevska offers a concise and easy-to-follow regimen for everyone from the beginning to more advanced dancer.

For ballet students, their parents, and their teachers, Ballet: from the First Plie to Mastery is an invaluable first step toward enjoying dance and excelling as a dancer. 
Paperback from Routledge

Ballet for Beginners
by Marie-Laure Medova
Book Description: "Briefly looks at the history of ballet, the life of a professional dancer, and what a beginner needs to know about ballet classes. The main section introduces the basic exercises in a classical ballet class, from the five positions to little jumps and pirouettes. Full-color photographs of children in class show a series of motions for each exercise, while the captions offer explanations and advice....A glossary explains the pronunciation and meaning of French terms used in ballet classes...
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Ballet in Western Culture: A History of Its Origins and Evolution
by Carol Lee
Book Description: Ballet in Western Culture is a history of the development of ballet designed for dance history courses. After a brief discussion of the origins of dance through the middle ages, the author then traces the beginnings of ballet to Renaissance spectacle in Italy and the beginnings of ballet in France. In the second part of the book, the maturation of ballet as a style is studied, from the 1600s through the 1800s, in France, Russia, and other major European countries. Finally, the last part of the book focuses on the changes in ballet through the 20th century, including major movements in the U.S. and Europe. Nicely illustrated with historic prints and photos, the book is easy to read and ideally suited to the dance history student, addressing both historical issues and the evolution of ballet technique. 
Paperback from Routledge
Baryshnikov in Black and White
by Mikhail Baryshnikov (Introduction), et al

Basic Ballet
by Joyce MacKie
(Paperback - June 1980)

Basic Principles of Classical Ballet : Russian Ballet Technique
by Agrippina -I-Akovlevna Vaganova, Anatole Chujoy (Translator)
Book Description: Discusses 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.
Paperback: 171 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 8.38 x 5.33
Publisher: Dover Pubns; Revised edition (September 1975)
ISBN: 0486220362

The Classic Ballet: Basic Technique and Terminology
by Stuart (Illustrator), Carlus Dyer, Lincoln Kirstein, George Balanchine (Preface) 
Book Description: A warm welcome back to this beloved classic! For decades the standard text for ballet technique, this book--first published in 1952--presents a beginner's guide to basic movements, steps, and terminology. Written by the staff of the School of American Ballet, it builds on the Russian tradition of Anna Pavlova and reflects the dance style of George Balanchine. The 800 masterful drawings by Carlus Dyer demonstrate proper body position, balance point, movement, and attitude of each position and...
Publisher: University Press of Florida (T); Reprint edition (August ) 

Classical Ballet Technique
by Gretchen Ward Warren 
Paperback - 395 pages (January 1990)
Univ of Southern Florida; ISBN: 0813009456

by Jeanloup Sieff
Hardcover from Smithsonian Institution Press
The Dancers Body Book
by Allegra Kent, James Camner, Constance Camner (Photographer)
Paperback: 220 pages
William Morrow & Co; ISBN: 0688015395; (March 1984)

Dance and Music
by Harriet Cavalli, et al 

Still Point : Dance Photographs
Still Point : Dance Photographs
by Ronald Compton, Larry Allan Smith, Ralph Gibson, Robert S. Miller
Hardcover from Aperture
by Greg Barrett
Raunchy, explicit and provocative are not the sort of words you would expect to describe a book of ballet photographs; but then Greg Barrett is not just another arty snapper. An established fashion photographer who has worked for such publications as Vogue, his portraits of the Australian Ballet Company are striking and as sexy and hip as a fashion shoot.
Step-By-Step Ballet Class : The Official Illustrated Guide
by Royal Academy of Dancing, Antoinette Sibley 

I, Maya Plisetskaya
by Maya Plisetskaya, et al
Listed under Dancers

Molto Agitato: The Mayhem Behind the Music at the Metropolitan Opera
by Johanna Fiedler
Listed under Opera

The New York City Ballet Workout : Fifty Stretches and Exercises Anyone Can Do for a Strong, Graceful, and Sculpted Body
by Peter Martins
Dancers get their beautiful bodies by dancing, right? Well, there's more to it than that. They also do specific exercises and stretches to build their strength and keep their magnificent physiques injury-free. This book offers 50 of those exercises, ranging from routine abdominal movements to "center exercises" (which develop coordination and stability) to advanced leg movements (which, of course, give you legs like a dancer). The book even offers suggestions for music to play while you follow the training tips.
Paperback: 208 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.57 x 10.99 x 9.17 
Publisher: William Morrow; 
ISBN: 0688152023 
Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement
by Kenneth Laws, Martha Swope (Photographer)

100 Lessons In Classical Ballet
by V. S. Kostrovitskaia, Oleg Briansky, Vera S. Kostrovitskaya, Brian Briansky (Translator)
Paperback - 400 pages 5th edition (June 1987)
Limelight Editions; ISBN: 0879100680

Royal Academy of Dancing Step-By-Step Ballet Class - An Illustrated Guide to the Official Ballet Syllabus
by Royal Academy of Dancing (Editor)
Paperback:Trafalgar Square; ISBN: 009186531X;(October 1, )

Suki Schorer On Balanchine Technique
by Suki Schorer, et al

Superguides: Ballet
by Darcey Bussell, et al

Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet
by Gail Grant
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486218430; 3rd rev edition (July 1982)

Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique
by Gayle Kassing, Danielle M. Jay
Paperback: 200 pages
Human Kinetics (T); ISBN: 0873229975; 

First Steps in Ballet: Basic Exercises at the Barre
by Thalia Mara
Paperback: Princeton Book Co Pub
ISBN: 0916622533; (April 1987)

Joffrey School's Book Of Ballet Fitness
by Dena Simone Moss, Allison Kyle Leopold, Joffrey Ballet School, Steve Ladner (Photographer), Deana S. Moss
Ballet-Fit is for the adult beginner ballet student, "whether 17 or 70." The authors admit the atmosphere in most ballet studios can be a bit intimidating, but say it needn't be. 

We concede that if you hang around your local ballet school or dance studio, at first glance, it probably will seem to be filled with long-legged, lean-limbed adolescents, with tight little hair buns, stern little faces, and rumpled leg warmers around their ankles. But ... chances are the 23-year-old stretching on the floor isn't a budding ballerina but a law student who finds beginning ballet a relaxing break from her books. As for the thirty-something woman at the barre, very likely she's a new mother who's thrilled with the stronger, firmer, more flexible body she has developed since she began classes. 

A combination of confidence-boosting ballet instruction and fitness facts, with plenty of photographs (although all in black and white), Ballet-Fit offers a multitude of tips for beginners. You'll learn what to wear to class, the best way to break in a new pair of pointe shoes, and how to prevent injuries. And you'll even learn the proper pronunciation of the French dance terms, from arabesque to temps de flèche. For folks who don't live near a ballet studio or dancewear store, there's a helpful directory of magazines, catalogs, videos, audiotapes, and Web sites. 

Ballerinas, as dancer Allegra Kent put it, "have the strongest, most beautiful, and very probably the most envied bodies in the world." With Ballet-Fit and some dedication, you can work your way toward becoming a toned, flexible balletomane, too. --Erica Jorgensen -
Paperback: 208 pages
Griffin Trade Paperback; ISBN: 0312194706; (March )

Valery Gergiev and the Kirov : A Story of Survival
by John Ardoin, Peter Ustinov 

The Young Person's Guide to the Ballet
by Anita Ganeri
School & Library Binding: 64 pages
Harcourt; ISBN: 0152011846; Book & Cd edition (October )

Margot Fonteyn
Listed under Ballet

Breaking Bounds: The Dance Photography of Lois Greenfield
by William A. Ewing, Lois Greenfield
Paperback from Chronicle Books
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The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training and Technique
by Janice Barringer, Sarah Schlesinger (Contributor)
Paperback: 200 pages
Princeton Book Co Pub; ISBN: 0871272040; 
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Portrait of the Royal Ballet
by Anthony Crickmay (Photographer)
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Royal Book of Ballet
by Shirley Goulden (Author)
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The Royal Ballet : The First Fifty Years
by Alexander Bland
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Royal Academy of Dancing Step-By-Step Ballet Class - An Illustrated Guide to the Official Ballet Syllabus
by Royal Academy of Dancing
Out of Print

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