From the Inside Flap
Welcome to the magical world of ballet! In this book you'll experience dance in a whole new way—by listening and learning at the same time. You'll read about the history of ballet and its most famous dancers, composers, and choreographers. You'll find out a little bit about the different ballet steps and positions (and get a chance to try them yourself). And best of all, you'll read the wonderful stories of the world's greatest ballets, and, as the stories unfold, you can listen to pieces of music from some of them. Soon, you will be a ballet expert!
From The Nutcracker
and Swan Lake
, Fancy Free
, and Peter and the Wolf
, all of the world's most popular and beloved ballets are included here, illustrated with beautiful watercolors that you will want to return to again and again. Enjoy the stories (and the stories behind): La Sylphide
The Rite of Spring
Peter and the Wolf
Romeo and Juliet
Daphnis and Choloë
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From the Back Cover
Listen while you learn about the world's greatest ballets, dancers, choreographers, and composers!
Why do ballet dancers stand like ducks? (Page 13)
How high can the greatest ballet dancers leap? (Page 27)
What famous ballet company was originally made up of orphans? (Page 32)
Which very popular ballet was a complete FLOP when it was first performed? (Page 37)
Name three ballets featuring toys that come to life. (Page 55)
Which ballet music sounds as if it was written for stomping giants rather than pretty ballerinas? (Page 58)
Which famous ballet dancer did a duet with Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show? (Page 81)
Enjoy stories of the world's great ballets, listen to the music that brings them to life—and find out lots of fun facts along the way—in this entertaining and colorful book for young dancers and dance-lovers at every level.