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Basic Principles of Classical Ballet

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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. 118 illustrations.
Paperback, 175 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Dover Publications
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I've started taking ballet classes again, and my teachers use the Vaganova system. Since I'm absolutely terrible, I figured reading a book about it would help, and it did. Hooray!
Sarah Badger
A great tool for any ballet teacher or dancer with an interest in the nitty gritty of classical ballet.
My ballet syllabus is largely based on the Vaganova method (some Bournonville and Balanchine influence) as passed down from my teachers and other second hand sources, so it was about time I read about the methodologies from the source herself. This book helped me better understand the technique and also gave me some ideas for improving my syllabus and class structure.
Ahhh, my beloved ballet.

This is famed Russian ballet teacher Vaganova's style of dancing, written out. She discusses her style, how they are similar and different to French (École Française) and Italain (Cecchetti) schools. She describes different steps and gives an example lesson.

Lovely book, though with teachers definitely in mind.
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