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"Asaf Messerer is a master of this style and in this book, translated by the Western star and teacher Oleg Briansky, Messerer has for the first time provided a textbook of the Bolshoi style." -Clive Barnes, dance/drama critic" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879103442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879103446
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Klaja on September 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is not for a beginner. It contains six virtuosic ballet classes by the great Bolshoi teacher, Asef Messerer, uncle and teacher of Maya Plisetskaya. The classes are abundantly illustrated followed by a section on Bolshoi Theatre Artists in performance including those of Asef Messerer himself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2007
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CLASSES IN CLASSICAL BALLET has long been a classic out of print, so its reappearance after thirty years makes it a 'must' acquisition for any serious dance or ballet collection. Author Asef Messerer is a celebrated dancer and teacher, the founder of the Bolshoi school of ballet, and here provides six of his classes with notes, positions and steps illustrated by nearly 500 black and white photos of principal Bolshoi dancers. Teachers and dancers will find it a top instructional pick.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Wharton on December 20, 2007
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Once you get to grips with the (Bolshoi) excercises being described in measures rather than counts it's a wonderful resource for the serious teacher and adolescent student. There are lots of clear(if old fashioned) photos: Plisetskya and a young Maximova included. This book should be on every ballet teacher's bookshelf, along with theory books relating to Cecchetti, Kirov and English schools of training... A serious book for passionate bookworms like me.
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By Catherine on February 13, 2010
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This is a wonderful reference book for the classical ballet teacher. It is a compilation of classes from a master of Russian dance. Great photos of historic stars form the Russian ballet world. I used to own this book in hardcover, but lost it, so this softcover replacement is like getting back in touch with an old friend. Great value.
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This book was given to my younger granddaughter when she was taking ballet lessons, and she found it invaluable in its scope. It helped to explain many steps and processes which she needed to either refresh or learn in order to take more advanced classes.
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