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Basic Principles of Classical Ballet

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Although the stars of Russian ballet Anna Pavlova and Tamara Karsavina possessed a national manner of dancing, there was no truly Russian school of dancing until the 1930s. The development of this school was largely due to Mme. Vaganova (1879–1951), not only a great dancer but also the teacher of Galina Ulanova and many others and an unsurpassed theoretician.
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Dover Publications
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Jennifer B.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't imagine it can get much more complete than this. It covers every step in the Russian school of Classical Ballet, with detailed explanations and clear illustrations. For anyone who wants to practice or hone their skills, this is very useful. It also really makes one appreciate the strength and discipline behind the art. There's even a sample class at the end with musical accompaniment.
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Helpful in learning the Vaganova Method and improving my technique!
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ballet dancers, ballet teachers, ballet choreographers
Recommended to Ava by: my mother and Ilya Gaft
This the book that really put the Vaganova method of ballet training on the map-a brave adventure, and a truly important book. In it, Agrippina Vaganova steps forth as the pre-eminent teacher of Russian ballet, fusing her knowledge of Cecchetti technique, the historical soup-pot of Russian ballet, along with some new devices, her own, which paved the way for her to illustrate her teaching methods which enable her to turn out the greatest dancers the world has ever known, in succession! This is n ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Savannah Helmer
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This ballet manual helped me to learn, and understand more, about the many different ballet styles. From Russian and French, to Vagonava and Cecchetti.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Bible of classical ballet training
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