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The most popular Ballet books currently available. Updated weekly.
Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture
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.
Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story
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.
Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story
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.
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.
Basic Principles of Classical Ballet
Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terminology
Ray Barra: A Life in Ballet
A Life in Ballet celebrates the life of Ray Barra who is perhaps one of the most beloved figures in the dance world. Barra helped to define the male dancer as not only the noble cavalier of classical ballet but also a forthright manly presence capable of macho, even unsympathetic behaviour.
NYC Ballet Workout: Fifty Stretches And Exercises Anyone Can Do For A Strong, Graceful, And Sculpted Body
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.
Maria Fay's Floor Barre
Misty Copeland
This stunning volume of photographs captures the sculpturally exquisite and iconic ballerina
Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes
Ballet 2020 Mini Wall Calendar
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.
Ballet Lover's Companion
Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today
On a freezing night in January 2013, an assailant hurled acid in the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, dragging one of Russia's most illustrious institutions into scandal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Darcey Bussell: Evolved
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back
Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ballet Music: A Handbook
This book provides a practical guide for the professional musician who works with ballet companies. It addresses the daily routine of the modern ballet company, outlines the various roles, and examines the complete process of putting a dance performance on stage. Includes a listing of classic ballets in standard repertoire.
Nijinsky: A Life
The first major biography for thirty years tells the tragic story of ballet's great revolutionary, Vaslav Nijinsky.