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The most popular Ballet books currently available. Updated weekly.
Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture
Royal Ballet Wall Calendar 2020 (Wall Calendar)
This wall calendar features photography of some of the most vibrant and visually stunning ballet performances to grace London's Royal Opera House, showcasing the graceful poise of such dancers as Yasmine Naghdi, James Hay and Federico Bonelli. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
Come Back to Me (Seal Island 3): The heartbreaking new love story from the million-copy-selling author of Watch Over Me
Daniela Sacerdoti has sold over 1 million copies of her eBooks, including the No. 1 eBook bestseller WATCH OVER ME. This third enchanting novel set on the windswept Seal Island is about finding love for a second time when hope seems lost.
Ballet 2020 Square Wall Calendar
Ballet and Modern Dance
A guide to the rich history of western dance in all its incarnations from 16th-century court ballet to the genre-shattering contortions of 21st-century theatrical dance. Part of the "World of Art" series, it is updated for the new millennium to feature various styles, performers and technology.
Darcey Bussell: Evolved
Style of Movement: Fashion and Dance
High fashion meets the best of ballet: this new book features more than sixty of today s most famous dancers performing in clothes designed by fashion s biggest names.
Creative Ballet Teaching: Technique and Artistry for the 21st Century Ballet Dancer
Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by war, saved by ballet: an extraordinary true story
Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela was mistreated and saw the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. Then Michaela and her best friend are adopted by an American couple, and Michaela begins to take dance lessons.
Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story
Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes
Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet
This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre-his set designs for opera and ballets.
Maria Fay's Floor Barre
NYC Ballet Workout: Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body
Royal Ballet: 75 Years
This book is a perceptive and critical account of the first 75 years of The Royal Ballet, tracing the company's growth, and its great cultural importance - an indispensable book for all lovers of ballet. In 1931, Ninette de Valois started a ballet company with just six dancers.
Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet
The essential, easy-to-use classical ballet guide - spanning nearly two centuries of classical dance - with entries for more than eighty works from ballet companies around the world, from Giselle and Swan Lake to Cinderella and Steptext.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina
Beauty of Her Age: A Tale of Sex, Scandal and Money in Victorian England
The story of a French ballerina who became richer than the Queen. Jenifer Roberts unearths this fascinating story of sex, scandal and money, and proves that truth really can be stranger than fiction.
Rite of Spring
The story behind the scandalous first performance of one of the most influential works in the history of music.
Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes
The story of the splendidly unpredictable Russian dancer who ruffled the feathers of the Bloomsbury set and became the wife of John Maynard Keynes
Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
Royal Ballet Desk Diary 2020
A Royal Ballet week-to-view desk diary featuring photography of some of the most vibrant and visually stunning ballet performances to grace London's Royal Opera House. It showcases the graceful poise of such dancers as Yasmine Naghdi, James Hay and Federico Bonelli in beloved classics like Swan Lake and Giselle.
School of Classical Dance: Textbook of the Vaganova Choreographic School
"School of Classical Dance" is the official textbook of the Vaganova School and takes the reader from the basic concepts of the syllabus to the most complicated exercises taught at the end of the eight-year course.
Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet
A beautiful and unique photographic record of The Royal Ballet, and a must-have for all dance and photography fans.
Margot Fonteyn
This is the biography of the much-loved dancer, Margot Fonteyn, generally considered to be the best British ballerina of her generation. She was one of the rare artists whose name means as much to the ordinary man and woman as to devotees of their particular art.
Everyday Dancer
Offers a portrait of a dancer's every day. This title presents the repetition of rehearsals, the excitement of creating work, the nervous tension of the half hour call, the pressures of performance and the anti-climax of curtain down.
Ballet For Dummies
Whether you want to participate in ballet or just watch it, the ballet experience can excite and inspire you. Ballet is among the most beautiful forms of expression ever devised: an exquisite mix of sight and sound, stunning, aesthetics, and awesome technique.
Royal Ballet Yearbook 2011/12
Packed full of beautiful photographs, exclusive insider insights and a preview of the new Season, book not to be missed!
Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Lighter, Stronger, and More Graceful You
The celebrated ballerina and role model, Misty Copeland, shares the secrets of how to reshape your body and achieve a lean, strong physique and glowing health.
Ballet Matters: A Cultural Memoir of Dance Dreams and Empowering Realities
Part memoir, part dance history, this critical study explores ballet's power to inspire and to embody ideas about politics, race, women's agency, and spiritual development. The author argues that dance relates to life in powerful, individual ways, and suggests societal shifts.
Swan Lake: Reimagining A Classic
This beautifully produced new Royal Ballet branded book with photographs by Bill Cooper is a collection of exclusive photographs which shines the spotlight on Swan Lake.
Ballet (Classic FM Handy Guides)
This handy reference guide from Classic FM explores the world's most popular ballets, considering the great choreographers, dancers and, of course, composers who have created the most stunning performances of this incredible art form, along with plenty of musical recommendations along the way.
Character Dance
Talks about the art of character dancing in classical ballet. This book deals with class character exercises and gives specific character dances in various national styles.
Step-By-Step Ballet Class
Features seven lessons that follow a young dancer's development, from basic positions and postures to more advanced levels.
Magic Nut: A Prologue to the Nutcracker
Artist Mihail Chemiakin's drawn costume sketches, stage sets and production design come to life in this record of the two-act ballet premiered in St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater in 2005. Humorous and engaging, the colorful drawings featured here appeals to ballet fans, costume designers, students of theater and art lovers alike.
Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story
The rags-to-riches story of one of the world's greatest dancers, from his difficult beginnings living in poverty in the backstreets of Cuba to his astronomical rise to international stardom.
Bournonville and Ballet Technique
We simply want to discuss a few things which are sometimes neglected even in the best schools and describe some of the ways they are taught in the Danish school where they are still remembered.'
Vera Volkova: A Biography
Vera Volkova was central to the European ballet world for almost four decades as advisor, friend and, above all, teacher to iconic figures from dancers Margot Fonteyn, Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev to choreographers Sir Frederick Ashton and John Neumeier. This provides an examination of Volkova's teaching methods.
Pas de Deux
Shows dancers of The Royal Ballet using photographs taken at the Royal Opera House. This book includes classics such as "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker".
Pointe Shoes: Tips and Tricks
Intended for beginners, students and professionals, this book put together many tips and tricks for personal pointe shoe tuning. It shows how to modify shoes step-by-step, using scissors, needle and thread, hot water and elastic, to adapt them perfectly to the foot and to all types of floor surface, and to help them last as long as possible.
Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
Born on a train in Stalin's Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet's pop icon. Nureyev's achievements and conquests became legendary: he rose out of Tatar peasant poverty to become the Kirov's thrilling maverick star; slept with his beloved mentor's wife; defected to the West in l961; and, sparked Rudimania across the globe.
Carlos Acosta at the Royal Ballet
Published to mark Carlos Acosta's farewell season, this superb photo-led book is an exciting retrospective to capture his greatest performances.
Diaghilev: A Life
A biography of the impresario of the arts and creator of 'The Ballets Russes'.
Apollo's Angels: A History Of Ballet
The definitive history of ballet and one of Granta's 2010 bestsellers, Apollo's Angels was ecstatically reviewed on publication.
Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929
Serge Diaghilev (1872 - 1929) was an extraordinarily gifted impresario, curator, director and animator of the arts. He was perfectly at home driving the wave of creative energy that pushed theatrical performance to the cutting edge of cultural activity in the early twentieth century.
Dancer in Wartime: The touching true story of a young girl's journey from the Blitz to the Bright Lights
Life was hard, but her talent and dedication shone through and an astonishing journey ensued, which saw Gillian dancing a triumphant debut in Swan Lake, performing in the West End with doodlebugs falling and touring a devastated Europe entertaining the troops.
Daria Klimentova - Agony and Ecstasy: My Life In Dance
Daria Klimentova has been one of Britain's best-loved ballerinas for two decades, having danced at Scottish Ballet and then - since 1996 - as a Principal and Senior Principal at English National Ballet. Her repertory encompasses all of ballet's classic roles including the double role or Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Her performances as the white and b
Balanchine: A Biography, With a new epilogue
Providing a discussion of Balanchine's life and work, this text also explores the legal, financial and institutional subplots that unfolded after the death of one of the most famous choreographers of the century.
Ballet Under Napoleon
With the publication of this title, Dr Guest completes his massive survey of ballet in France from 1770 to 1870. This volume covers the period from 1793 to 1819, the time of such luminaries as Gardel, Milon, Vestris, Duport and Bigottini.
Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Silver Age
The Ballets Russes was perhaps the most iconic, yet at the same time mysterious, ballet company of the twentieth century.