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Publisher Comments:

andlt;Bandgt;A New Classic for Today's Dancerandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;The Ballet Companionandlt;/Iandgt; is a fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the dancer. With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today's dance student needs, including: andlt;BRandgt; andlt;UL TYPE=DISCandgt; andlt;LIandgt;Practical advice for getting started, such as selecting a school, making the most of class, and studio etiquette andlt;BRandgt; andlt;LIandgt;Explanations of ballet fundamentals and major training systems andlt;BRandgt; andlt;LIandgt;An illustrated guide through ballet class — warm-up, barre, and center floor andlt;BRandgt; andlt;LIandgt;Guidelines for safe, healthy dancing through a sensible diet, injury prevention, and cross-training with yoga and Pilates andlt;BRandgt; andlt;LIandgt;Descriptions of must-see ballets and glossaries of dance, music, and theater terms andlt;/ULandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Along the way you'll find technique secrets from stars of American Ballet Theatre, lavishly illustrated sidebars on ballet history, and tips on everything from styling a ballet bun to stage makeup to performing the perfect pirouette. andlt;BRandgt; Whether a budding ballerina, serious student, or adult returning to ballet, dancers will find a lively mix of ballet's time-honored traditions and essential new information.

Review:

"Gaynor Minden, a former dancer who now heads a dancewear company, has been immersed in the world of ballet for much of her life, and in this book shares dancer-to-dancer advice, much of which is aimed at beginning-to-intermediate level dancers, or adults who are either starting or returning to a childhood passion; dancers who have been committed to the art for a couple of years will already know on the finer points of finding a school, how to behave in class and the basic positions and movements, though the crisp photographs of professionals demonstrating steps are quite useful. The chapter on pointework, Gaynor Minden's specialty, is more widely valuable, and the pages devoted to dancer health contain vital information on eating disorders, injuries and supplemental physical training that teachers and students of all levels would do well to review. Brief sections called 'The Curious Dancer' give introductions to ballet-related skills and trivia (how to apply stage makeup; ballet on Broadway), as well as intermittent features on great ballet companies and famous dancers of both early and modern times. Her explanation of the differences between the six major ballet styles, along with the superb glossaries of terms and dance history timeline, make this book a valuable resource for dance studios and a great primer for dancers in the early stages of training." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A New Classic for Today's Dancer

The Ballet Companion is a fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the dancer. With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today's dance student needs, including:

  • Practical advice for getting started, such as selecting a school, making the most of class, and studio etiquette

  • Explanations of ballet fundamentals and major training systems

  • An illustrated guide through ballet class — warm-up, barre, and center floor

  • Guidelines for safe, healthy dancing through a sensible diet, injury prevention, and cross-training with yoga and Pilates

  • Descriptions of must-see ballets and glossaries of dance, music, and theater terms

Along the way you'll find technique secrets from stars of American Ballet Theatre, lavishly illustrated sidebars on ballet history, and tips on everything from styling a ballet bun to stage makeup to performing the perfect pirouette.

Whether a budding ballerina, serious student, or adult returning to ballet, dancers will find a lively mix of ballet's time-honored traditions and essential new information.

Synopsis:

This new classic for dancers of all levels is the first complete, full-color ballet reference book, covering the technique, artistry, training, performance, and enjoyment of ballet--a beautiful gift for anyone who loves the art of dance.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: To Be a Dancer

Getting Started

Selecting a Ballet School

Choosing Your Level of Commitment

Ballet Moms and Dads: Sine Qua Non

What to Expect of Class

What Class Expects of You

Getting the Most Out of Class

When to Begin Pointework

All That Jazz, Modern, and More

Ballet at Any Age

Getting Serious

Backstage and Onstage

Summer Intensives

Auditions

Advanced Classes: Partnering and Variations

Men's Training

Competitions

The Curious Dancer: Studio Attire, Ribbons and Elastics, The Ballet Bun, Stage Makeup, Ballet's Courtly Origins

Tour de Force: Catherine de Medici and Le Ballet Comique de la Reine, Rebels, Rivals, and the "Shakespeare of Ballet", Louis XIV and the French Tradition, Romanticism, Extraordinary Partnership: Fonteyn and Nureyev

Part Two: Ballet Basics

Major Schools of Ballet

The French School

Bournonville (Denmark)

Cecchetti (Italy)

Royal Academy of Dance (England)

Vaganova (Soviet Russia)

Balanchine

Fundamentals of Technique

Alignment

Lift

Turnout

Positions and Orientations

Positions of the Feet

Positions of the Arms

Sur le Cou-de-Pied

Passè or Retirè

Arabesques

Attitude

Orientations of the Body

The Curious Dancer: Dance Notation, Through the Ranks

Tour de Force: Tutu Much: Ballet Costumes, Bournonville and the Danish Tradition, Ballet Blanc: The Corps de Ballet's Triumph, Pas de Quatre (not Pas de Cinq), Livry's Shroud

Part Three: Ballet Class

Before Class

Warm Up

Stretch

At the Barre

Pliè

Relevè

Cambrè

Battement Tendu

Rond de Jambe par Terre

Fondu

Battement Frappè

Dèveloppè

Grand Rond de Jambe

Petit Battement sur le Cou-de-Pied

Rond de Jambe en l'Air

Barre Stretches

Grand Battement

Center Floor

Adagio/Adage

Allegro: Petit and Grand

Turns

Rèvèrence

Musicality

All About Pointe

The Rise of the Ballerina

How a Pointe Shoe Works

How to Select and Fit Pointe Shoes

Pointe Training and Technique

The Curious Dancer: Pirouette Tips from the Pros, Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe, Foot Types

Tour de Force: Pioneers of Pointe: Taglioni and Legnani, Petipa and the Tsars' Ballet, Pavlova, Modern Dance, Nijinsky, "Astonish Me." Diaghilev, Fokine, and the Ballets Russes

Part Four: The Healthy Dancer

Respect Your Body; Dance Forever

Eating Well to Dance Well

Body Esteem: Dealing with the Mirror

Eating Disorders

Puberty and Dancing

Anatomy Illustrated

Injury Prevention

Avoiding Burnout

Ballet Injury "Hot Spots"

Muscles — Pulls and Tears

Anatomical Terms

Daily Care For Dancing Feet

If You Are Injured

Cross Training

Pilates

Yoga

Resistance Training

Floor-Barre

Gyrotonic

Swimming

The Curious Dancer: Ballet's Folk Dance Tradition, Ballet on Broadway, Mime

Tour de Force: A Tale of Two Cities: The Kirov and the Bolshoi, Balanchine, Kirstein, and New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ashton, de Valois, and the Royal Ballet, The Dance Boom of the '60s and '70s

Part Five: Ballet Literacy

Must-See Ballet

The Curious Dancer: Must-See Ballet at a Glance

Historical Time Line

Glossaries

Ballet Terms, Music Terms, Theater Terms, Social Dances, Dancer Slang

Further Reading

Resources

Videos, Organizations, Magazines and Publications

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743264075
Author:
Minden, Eliza Gaynor
Publisher:
Fireside Books
Subject:
Dance - Reference
Subject:
Dance - Classical
Subject:
Ballet dancing
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Dance - Classical & Ballet
Subject:
Dance-Ballet
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 4-C inserts; 150 illustrations; 2c t-o
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.25 x 7.38 in 37.87 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gaynor Minden, a former dancer who now heads a dancewear company, has been immersed in the world of ballet for much of her life, and in this book shares dancer-to-dancer advice, much of which is aimed at beginning-to-intermediate level dancers, or adults who are either starting or returning to a childhood passion; dancers who have been committed to the art for a couple of years will already know on the finer points of finding a school, how to behave in class and the basic positions and movements, though the crisp photographs of professionals demonstrating steps are quite useful. The chapter on pointework, Gaynor Minden's specialty, is more widely valuable, and the pages devoted to dancer health contain vital information on eating disorders, injuries and supplemental physical training that teachers and students of all levels would do well to review. Brief sections called 'The Curious Dancer' give introductions to ballet-related skills and trivia (how to apply stage makeup; ballet on Broadway), as well as intermittent features on great ballet companies and famous dancers of both early and modern times. Her explanation of the differences between the six major ballet styles, along with the superb glossaries of terms and dance history timeline, make this book a valuable resource for dance studios and a great primer for dancers in the early stages of training." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A New Classic for Today's Dancer

The Ballet Companion is a fresh, comprehensive, and thoroughly up-to-date reference book for the dancer. With 150 stunning photographs of ballet stars Maria Riccetto and Benjamin Millepied demonstrating perfect execution of positions and steps, this elegant volume brims with everything today's dance student needs, including:

  • Practical advice for getting started, such as selecting a school, making the most of class, and studio etiquette

  • Explanations of ballet fundamentals and major training systems

  • An illustrated guide through ballet class — warm-up, barre, and center floor

  • Guidelines for safe, healthy dancing through a sensible diet, injury prevention, and cross-training with yoga and Pilates

  • Descriptions of must-see ballets and glossaries of dance, music, and theater terms

Along the way you'll find technique secrets from stars of American Ballet Theatre, lavishly illustrated sidebars on ballet history, and tips on everything from styling a ballet bun to stage makeup to performing the perfect pirouette.

Whether a budding ballerina, serious student, or adult returning to ballet, dancers will find a lively mix of ballet's time-honored traditions and essential new information.

"Synopsis" by , This new classic for dancers of all levels is the first complete, full-color ballet reference book, covering the technique, artistry, training, performance, and enjoyment of ballet--a beautiful gift for anyone who loves the art of dance.
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