Step-by-Step Ballet Class: An Illustrated Guide to the Official Ballet Syllabus

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9780091777814: Step-by-Step Ballet Class: An Illustrated Guide to the Official Ballet Syllabus

Written with the full backing and expertise of the Royal Academy of Dancing and following the new international examination syllabus, this is a new edition of "Ballet Class". From the basic positions of the feet to exercises for the most advanced grades, this book is a useful companion for everyone who is learning ballet. It gives a selection of exercises from each of the examination grades, beginning with pre-primary and working up to grade five, the most advanced. Clear step-by-step illustrations and explanatory text take the dancer through each exercise in turn and there are checklists of important points to remember. Topics such as how to find a good ballet school, dressing for dance and taking an examination are also included. This book will ensure that dancers of all ages get the most out of their ballet tuition, both in and out of the classroom.

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This title follows the updated International Examination Syllabus by illustrating a selection of exercises for pre-primary through grade five students taught at the Royal Academy of Dancing. Professional preparation is also discussed. Unfortunately, the illustrated instruction assumes a high level of knowledge and instructional assistance for comprehension, and access to the glossary is restricted by its awkward placement on page 14, between "How To Tie the Ribbons" and "Taking an Examination." Of greatest interest is the section that tracks a day in the life of two ballet students and provides eight short autobiographies of international dancers. For instructional purposes, the format is simply outmoded, as many dance guides are now on videocassette, including the Royal Academy's own 1991 videocassette, Grades Examinations Syllabus for Girls and Boys. For comprehensive dance collections only.
Irene Herold, Monmouth Coll. Lib., Ill.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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