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100 Lessons in Classical Ballet: The Eight-Year Program of Leningrad's Vaganova Choreographic School [Kindle Edition]

Vera S. Kostrovitskaya , Oleg Briansky
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Book Description

The complete 8-year curriculum of Leningrad's famed Vaganova Choreographic School, which trained Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and Makarova, including over 100 photographs. A volume which no teacher, scholar, or student of the dance can afford to miss. "A serious, indeed indispensable, textbook." -Clive Barnes

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Text: English, Russian (translation)

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  • File Size: 8398 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0879100680
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions; 3rd edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00245A51S
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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Teaching Tool January 29, 2000
"100 Lessons" will give any ballet teacher, new or seasoned, incredible insight into building technically secure dancers. The book details eight years of lesson plans each building on one another and could either be used to develop one's own syllabus or as a wealth of ideas from which to create lesson plans. I highly recommend this invaluable source to all teachers and studio owners.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book October 9, 2001
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This book is very good about giving ideas on what to teach from the beginning ballet technique up to advanced levels. From the ideas one can formulate a class and know that it follows a syllabus and will develop the student appropriately. It is a good book to use as a guide and I recommend it for that.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! March 17, 2007
I cannot say enough good things about this book. I studied ballet for about twelve years when I was young and was asked to offer a ballet club in my school in the fall. This book lays out, class by class, how to train young dancers effectively. Included are photographs of correct positions and technique so even though my own is a little rusty I am able to show my students illustrations of what they will hope to achieve especially since my turn out has never been that great. I am happy to say that the class attracted boys as well as girls in my inner-city school and that a few of the children have convinced their parents to enroll them in a dance school due to their diligence and the interest they demonstrated in the ballet club.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I've taught ballet for nearly 30 years to all kinds of students and the one thing that I'm always attempting to do is to distill my teaching methods to create the best dancers possible - in other words carry on the best and purest tradition of training I can. This book contains this kind of information. I consider it the Holy-Grail of teaching ballet. Your serious students will love it and you will gain and enormous amount of theory and understanding of ballet by incorporating it into your teaching. If you only have one book on teaching, this is the book.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 lessons in classical ballet September 9, 2001
This collection of lesson plans has helped me tremendeousely in my school. I am able to use this and of course make it fit my own classes. Each lesson plans is working on progression gives you something to follow and does not allow you to get into a rutt.
I am also able to give it to other teachers and ask them to follow it. And then I know what the student has been taught.
I personally was taught the chachette method. But can be adapted very easily .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good lesson guide for teachers and students October 2, 2013
By Vanessa
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- a good lesson guide for teachers
- provides info on kind of music to play with each exercise (e.g. 16 measures in 4/4)
- instructs what to do on each beat
- takes you on a journey from 1st grade up to eighth
- great for students (please read student list below)

- does not describe in detail the quality of the movements (i.e. it's a lesson guide only)
- some of the pictures show poor form and technique (e.g. in demi plie in first position the children's turnouts were incorrect - i.e. they were turning out the feet but not the whole leg from the hip down) - SO DON'T USE THE PICTURES OF THE CHILDREN AS A GUIDE!!

This book is good for students who:
- already have a wide vocabulary of ballet terminolgy
- want to train more but can't afford extra classes
- are on holiday and don't want to fall behind
- want to be able to choose their own level of training (e.g. go back to the basics if they are recuperating from an injury, have had time off dance, or just want to take a break from mentally taxing exercises)
- remember better from reading as opposed to watching

I suggest that you use Basic Principles of Classical Ballet (Agrippa Vaganova) to aide your learning. This book (100 Lessons in Classical Ballet...) is great for providing a lesson plan, but it does not aide your learning. Also, by reading Agrippa Vaganova's book along side these exercises you will learn the correct form, technique, and quality of movement in performing these exercises.

P.S. Keep in mind that these exercises were made to be executed using the Vaganova method. However, it is very simple to apply any other method to these exercises.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Information January 27, 2008
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I studied the Vaganova Method at ABT as a child and young adult. Now that I am teaching I like to use the book as a guideline, review and brush up on things I may be overlooking. When you are away from the classroom as an adult (or an older adult) it is necessary to keep trying to learn from others or resources. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool April 3, 2011
By KLennon
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I bought this book together with Vaganova's handbook and a couple other resources. I admit that i learned more just from reading this book than i learned from some of my own dance instructors over many years. While i think it's necessary also to read other technical books for details on HOW to do these exercises, i do think this lesson plan leaves virtually no holes in students' strength, knowledge, or artistry. The thing that i found a tiny bit frustrating is that the exercises are REALLY hard, if you're not trained properly. For example, i tried to give exercises from the 4th Year Lesson 1 Plan in this book to students that were considered "Advanced" at a studio where i had just started teaching, and they literally could not do the exercises! And unfortunately, the 1st and 2nd year exercises are tedious for students used to being given steps that are too advanced and being allowed to botch them. So i would not recommend these lessons for "casual" ballet students (a term i detest!). I would recommend drawing from these lessons for students who are at the beginning of their ballet training, and starting with Year 1. I also found it helpful to watch videos of Vaganova students on YouTube. Sometimes one can find real Vaganova students doing the exact same exercises--and doing them correctly. It's very inspiring!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It's a very dry dry book.
Published 1 month ago by C. Hakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It'really well written!! What I needed to complete my ballet studies!
Published 3 months ago by Eleonora Bonetto
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Published 4 months ago by lima
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
This is a great book if you want to teach Vaganova technique, of course it is helpful if one is already trained in the technique. Read more
Published 12 months ago by rocco ragano
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
An amazing book every classical ballet teacher should have in their library, teaches step by step and with specification on every class.
Published 13 months ago by Valerie N. Bencosme
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for ballet teachers in the development of growing ballet...
Great book which I know I'll put to good use when teaching to young students who want to grow into becoming professional ballet dancers.
Published 14 months ago by SatisfiedAmazoner
3.0 out of 5 stars 100 Lessons
It needs pictures of the steps that are listed in sample classes. This lists sample routines that people can do in paragraph format.
Published 14 months ago by Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for steps in ballet
Not having an index makes looking for a particular step very difficult.
The book is good in its progressive steps format.
Good illustrations.
Published 16 months ago by Dorothy Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars great book...extremely detailed and informative
Really great book. I am a dance studio owner but always looking at new ways to improve dance technique. This book allows you to lestn from the best in the business.
Published 16 months ago by Angeline
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for the ballet practitioner
This is a classic ballet text for those practicing ballet.... Teaching or dancing. Full of actual classes by level with exercises outlined against musical measure and counts. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cara Diemont
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