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Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet (Dover Books on Dance) Paperback – June 1, 1967


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Dance
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 3 Rev Sub edition (June 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486218430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486218434
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Highly recommended for students and teachers.
Katherine P. Whitfield
This is a great book for learning ballet terms and shows illustrations as well.
Laurie Corry
Its compact design makes it perfect for quick and easy reference.
Alison Mixon

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By ycpeng on December 8, 2011
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Before ordering, I've already borrowed the older version of this very same book from local library (published by "Dover Books on Dance").
After checking the content out, I want to buy this book. On Amazon, there are two books w/ the same title and author, one is $4.95, i.e. the same edition as the one from local library (3rd revised edition published 1982) and the other one is $9.95 with nicer/newer cover artwork (published by BN publishing).

Hoping for more updated information (somewhat mislead by the modern looking cover artwork and higher price), I ordered the $9.99 one.

Just got this book yesterday. What a disappointment and rip off it is!!

Actually, I won't be upset enough to write this review if the $9.99 version were to be the same as $4.95 one.

There is no updated information as far as I can tell. Oh-well, a little disappointed but no biggie if there are no changes.

What turns this into a rip-of is that:
THE PRINTS ARE BLURRY/FUZZY IN THE $9.99 edition. It's as if someone scanned the pages of the original book and then printed them out into a book. The letters aren't nicely printed as in the "Dover Books on dance" $4.95 edition.

DON'T SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY ON A SCANNED VERSION!!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is one thing to learn those complicated dance steps by watching the instructor, but it is another to get what those names in French mean. This book helped me to understand the meaning of the terms used in classes which in turn made it easier to learn the steps in class. This books takes you to another level in understanding the art of ballet.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a pianist who basically got drafted to accompany ballet classes I needed all the help I could get since I knew absolutely nothing about the terminology of ballet. And since my first experience accompanying was for the professionals at the Southern Ballet Theatre, I knew I was in big trouble. This little book helped me immensely with the terms, although I still had tons of problems because I simply did not know what the steps looked like until I saw them rehearsed. For beginners, you are going to need a few references to understand what the instructor is saying because they simply don't have the time to give you private lessons while the rest of the class waits. I recommend this book for all those musicians who haven't got a clue about the language of one of the most beautiful art forms in existence. Heck, I almost sound French when I use the pronunciation guide.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
I was pleased with this book, which was given to me as a gift. I had no touble looking up terms and words. The description of the terms, if a complicated ballet step, was a little unclear. As a dancer myself, I think the illustrations in the back were exceptional. I often use this book while I reherse my ballet lessons. I sometimes get confused about simple placement, and which way to turn and stand. The simple yet educational illustrations have really helped in my classes. It is really an extraordinary "ballet dictionary". An essntial aide for anyone who wants to improve their form in ballet, or has a desire to learn about the art.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This was a required text for my college ballet classes. I still use this text as an instructor and director. I also teach high school students and I am recommending that this text be used by all students in dance classes. It is superb!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Annette Gaarden on April 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have had ballet studios and educational school for many years. This little unpretencious dictionary has an amazing content. It is full of steps and drawings with the correct ballet terminology, which is carefully explained.

It is a plus that the book tells about french, russian and italian ballet styles. We practice the french style and the dictionary is very valuable for the students and teachers if, there should be any problem.

We keep the dictionary at the ballet studio, and be sure that the students know where to find it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a 13-year-old intermediate/advanced ballet dancer, I found this book very useful. I bought it at the first master class I ever went to about 5 years ago, because it was then I realized that there was more to ballet than just "tendu close degage plie". I wasn't familiar with some of the terms the teacher was using, and it helped immensely, especially with the body positions (croise, efface, etc) and pronounciation. Also, my dance teacher recommends this book to us constantly!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
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I found this dictionary to be useful to me with my limited terminology. It describes everything in detail, including many illustrations showing differences between Cecheti and Russian methods. Overall, for beginning to advanced choreographers or students who need a lift in their ballet vocabulary, this is a great reference! It's also small enough to carry with you in a dance bag or elsewhere!
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