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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.
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.
Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story
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.
Darcey Bussell: Evolved
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.
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.
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.
Creative Ballet Teaching: Technique and Artistry for the 21st Century Ballet Dancer
NYC Ballet Workout: Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body
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.
Ballerina Project
Created by New York City-based photographer Shitagi over the span of 18 years, Ballerina Project showcases over 50 renowned ballerinas in unexpected urban and natural settings in cities across the globe.
Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes
Ballet Lover's Companion
Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story
Rite of Spring
The story behind the scandalous first performance of one of the most influential works in the history of music.
Royal Academy Of Dancing Step By Step Ballet Class
Written with the full backing and expertise of the renowned Royal Academy of Dancing and following the international ballet examination syllabus, this is an updated edition of the bestselling Ballet Class. Topics such as how to find a good ballet school, dressing for dance and taking a ballet examination are also included.
Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terminology
Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures
Darcey Bussell chronicles Darcey from her early years through to her final performance. Along with images of her on stage and in costume, there are intimate behind-the-scenes photos of rehearsals and preparation, from world famous photographers.
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.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina
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.
Marius Petipa: The Emperor's Ballet Master
This cultural biography of the nineteenth-century ballet master Marius Petipa - creator of The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake - tells the full story of his life and work in the remarkable context in which he lived.
Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back
Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
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.
Basic Principles of Classical Ballet
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.
Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan
A collection of over 150 stunning black and white photographs, this collection of images traces the journey of Natalia Osipova, Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Ballet star, as she prepares for the most strenuous role of a ballet dancers career, that of the Swan. Foreword by Alexander Agadzhanov, the Royal Ballet's Senior Teacher and Repetiteur
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.
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.
Step-By-Step Ballet Class
Features seven lessons that follow a young dancer's development, from basic positions and postures to more advanced levels.
Ballet Companion: Ballet Companion
A new classic for dancers of all levels, THE BALLET COMPANION is the first complete, full-colour ballet reference book, covering the technique, artistry, training, performance and enjoyment of ballet - and a beautiful gift for anyone who loves the art of dance.
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.
Swans of the Kremlin: Ballet and Power in Soviet Russia
Ezrahi presents the first-ever account of the inner workings of these famed ballet troupes during the Soviet era, based on extensive research into official archives and personal interviews with artists and staff.
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.
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!
Royal Ballet Yearbook: 2016/17
The rebranded Royal Ballet Yearbook series is back, with extra editorial features and exclusive behind-the-scenes content - in addition to the usual selection of beautiful ballet images.
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.
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.
Frederick Ashton and His Ballets
This revised edition of Vaughan's seminal work includes a new final chapter and an updated chronology of work. It should be useful for both historians of 20th-century ballet and for lovers of Ashton's work.
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.
Classical Ballet Terms: An Illustrated Dictionary
Aims to prevent confusion by explaining the precise meanings of over 560 of the French technical terms used in classical ballet. This dictionary addresses the problems of correct spelling and grammar. It contains entries which trace both the historical background and the linguistic origins of particular aspects of ballet terminology.
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.'
Rhythmic Subjects: Use of Energy in the Dances of Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham
Mary Wigman, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham are key choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, whose rhythmic innovations challenged established norms of energy usage in their socio-cultural contexts. This book explores their rhythmic innovations by combining discussion of cultural contexts with analysis of specific dance works.
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.
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.