The Ballet Companion

The Ballet Companion

A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Fireside Book/Simon & Schuster, c2005.
ISBN: 9780743264075
Branch Call Number: 792.8 Mind DARLIN 29.95
Characteristics: xv, 331 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.


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Mar 08, 2019

I don't dance, but I do love ballet music. this book gives a very in depth look at what goes into the amazing performances, and it is incredible. there are lots of cool pictures and everything is explained in a way that even this non-dancer could understand.

Jan 31, 2019

Really helped me with my dance audition. A great book that every dancer should read!

Jun 16, 2011

This highly inspiring and comprehensive book will ignite dancers with a passion for ballet as well as serve as a great tool for both students and teachers alike.
This book is as good as gold to any ballerina. It is very unique, and it both informs and instructs dancers on all the elements of ballet and with a very broad spectrum of information while still being easy to read and learn from. It is chocked full of practical advice the ranges from everything from choosing ballet schools, to steps and technique as well as guidelines for being a healthy dancer. It is up to date and it’s information is very accurate and completely comparable with other ballet resources as far as repertoire and technique but this book by far exceeds any dance resources currently available.
It has over 150 stunning photographs that outline, posture, steps, technique and more. This book is suitable even for beginners, all technique and repertoire is explained, shown in photographs and accompanied with tips and tricks about performing and carrying out the movements. However, even experienced dancers will have something to learn from this book as it explains everything from ballet fundamentals to highly advanced movements.
In addition to dance instruction this book also illustrates a typical ballet class and explains helpful tips for beginners. Furthermore it includes precautionary guidelines for things like diet, and injury prevention as well as outlining possible outlets for cross training like yoga and Pilates. It also provides a highly extensive glossary that outlines ballet and theatre terms as well as discussion about the background history of dance and how ballet has developed into what it is today.
In conclusion this is an amazing resource for ballerina’s and dancers alike. It is highly informative, easy to read and chocked full of invaluable information. A must have for anyone with an interest in ballet!

Dec 24, 2010

So far the best ballet book I've ever read amongst hundreds of other ballet books. This book has color pictures of models executing difficult arabesques, pirouettes, etc. It also includes several pages full to the brim with the majestic history of ballet. Also, it gives helpful hints to any dancer of any age, level or experience, advice about warmups, stretches, the barre, center floor, healthy guidelines, safety tips, injury prevention and various other ballet related how-tos. Also, there are tips on everything from how to do a chignon or a classical bun, stage makeup, mime, secret techniques from star dancers. there is almost everything you need to know how to dance ballet, and even more fulfilling tidbits of delicious facts. there are even pages on famous choreographers dancers. This is the essential guide to any dancer.


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Apr 11, 2013

fearlessforever thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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Apr 11, 2013

This book is written by Eliza Gaynor Minden who developed the highly popular Gaynor Minden point shoes and is a former ballet dancer herself. She is highly acclaimed around the world and the publication of this book has only added to her fame.
This book is chocked full of amazing tips, tricks and techniques for learning ballet. It ranges from beginning to advanced; there is something for every ballerina to learn from. The book begins with guidelines for choosing a good training school and dance classes as well as expectations and etiquette of those classes. It overviews, both recreational and competitive strands of ballet and also discusses advice and requirements for both competitions and auditions.
The main part of this book is instructional on ballet repertoire; it is very easy to read and has step by step instructions that teach you the movements while also handing out advice and techniques for improvement. Pointe and pas de deux repertoire is also included. This book teaches both male and female repertoire however many of the steps overlap and are performed by both. The book, discusses not only ballet steps but also how to improve poise, posture, musicality, stage presence and performing techniques.
Also included are guidelines for being a healthy dancer and preventing injury. The book is over 300 pages and provides a highly concise, but also accurate, learn able and inspiring perspective on the art of ballet.


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Apr 11, 2013

• “Respect your body. Eat well. Dance Forever.” –Eliza Gaynor Minden


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