Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Ballet books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Technical Manual and Dictionary of Books on Dance) (1967)
- Ballet Shoes ()
- Classical Ballet Technique (1989)
- The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories ()
- Ballet Basics (2003)
- Shadow Ballet: Betrayal (2019)
- Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (2011)
- Classical Ballet: Combinations for Ten Complete Advanced Classes (2009)
- Children’s Ballet Dictionary An Illustrated Guide: Ballet dictionary with pictures for kids, ballet terminology book for kids, ballet terms for kids … step (Ballet terminology book for children) (2018)
- Starring Rosie (Ballet Slippers) by Patricia Reilly Giff (1998-03-01) ()
- Ballet & Modern Dance: A Concise History (2018)
Technical Manual and Dictionary of Books on Dance) (1967)
“Miss Grant has made more information available in one book than we have ever had before. Teacher’s organizations would do well to consider the use of Miss Grant’s Technical Manual as an official textbook.” — Dance MagazineTeacher recommended, Gail Grant’s Technical Manual has long been one of the most popular and effective ballet reference guides.
Ballet Shoes ()
Paperback Publisher: Puffin (Penguin Books) (January 1, 1949) ASIN: B000RODB4Q Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Classical Ballet Technique (1989)
"Classical Ballet Technique is an invaluable guide for students, teachers, and ballet lovers. It not only covers the broad spectrum of ballet vocabulary but also gives sound, practical advice to aspiring dancers.
The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories ()
Paperback: 64 pages Publisher: DK PUBLISHING INC @ Language: English ASIN: B000SEPTBS Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,736,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1355 in Classical Dancing Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Ballet Basics (2003)
Written for the adult beginner, Ballet Basics is a well-illustrated introduction to the fundamentals of ballet technique. The text also provides an overview of the history of ballet and introduces students to the world of ballet.
Shadow Ballet: Betrayal (2019)
“I’m trapped. They want my blood. They want my head.I feel a rat walking on my corpse. The blood on my skin… I can smell the soil. There is a song in my ears disturbing with insolence the silence of the forest. It is not your beautiful voice. I want to cover my ears… but I can not move.”Jerry opens his eyes in a cell, accused of the murder of the most feared gangster in Atlantic City: His dad.
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (2011)
NATIONAL BESTSELLERFor more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, Apollo’s Angels—the first cultural history of ballet ever written—is a groundbreaking work.
Classical Ballet: Combinations for Ten Complete Advanced Classes (2009)
Author Tamara Stanwood has compiled over 200 combinations for ballet barre, center, and pointe classes that will offer assistance to new and seasoned dance teachers alike. Gleaned from over 25 years of ballet training and teaching, these combinations will add variety to your ballet and pointe classes. Most exercises are suitable for intermediate through advanced students.
Children’s Ballet Dictionary An Illustrated Guide: Ballet dictionary with pictures for kids, ballet terminology book for kids, ballet terms for kids … step (Ballet terminology book for children) (2018)
This ballet terminology book for kids is a great resource for all children taking ballet grades. This ballet dictionary for children is also suited to those who need a basic book to learn ballet step by step and have no ballet experience. It contains most of the widely used ballet terms in ballet classes and exams . This illustrated ballet dictionary for kids comes with detailed ballet poses in full colour to help learn ballet step by step.
Starring Rosie (Ballet Slippers) by Patricia Reilly Giff (1998-03-01) ()
Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Puffin (1867) ASIN: B01FGM4RK0 Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,756,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Ballet & Modern Dance: A Concise History (2018)
Ballet and Modern Dance meets the needs of both students and inquisitive dance goers through a narrative focused on the development of Western theatrical dance from the Renaissance to the first decades of the 21st century, incorporating the most recent scholarship and projecting trends.
Best Ballet Books That Will Hook You
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Gurdjieff - Struggle of the magicians (Scenario of the Ballet)
Author(s): GI Gurdjieff
ID: 3283432, Publisher: Gurdjieff - Struggle of the magicians (Scenario of the Ballet), Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
Diaghilev's Empire: How the Ballets Russes Enthralled the World
Author(s): Rupert Christiansen
ID: 3610313, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Year: 2022, Size: 27 Mb, Format: epub
(Re:)Claiming Ballet (Reclaiming Ballet)
Author(s): Adesola Akinleye (editor, curator)
ID: 3033921, Publisher: Intellect Ltd, Year: 2021, Size: 44 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.