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Inside Ballet Technique: Separating Anatomical Fact from Fiction in the Ballet Class Paperback – May 1, 1994
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The more knowledge the dancer - and the dancer's parents and teachers - has about the body as an instrument of artistic expression, the better the dancer. Inside Ballet Technique introduces the reader to the natural anatomical laws governing human movement and body mechanics, and relates them directly to the dancer's acquisition of technique in the daily ballet class. Easy to read, simply and clearly illustrated, Inside Ballet Technique provides a fresh perspective on the basic tenets of classical ballet, answering many questions that commonly persist in the minds of career-track students and dancers.
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Many times, students are told to create a "look" or shape with their bodies, but they are not told how to attain that goal. This is often because the teacher only knows how to do it themselves through instinct, having learned it so long ago. Or, they like most other dancers, had to figure it out by trial and error because they too were never taught how, only given the demand to attain a certain what. This book will explain exactly how a body is able to do those things, and gives good advice on how to learn to feel what it's like to use the parts involved. This is a lovely marriage between the art of dance and the science of biology! Buy this for a new dancer who is old enough, or for the parents of a new dance who isn't old enough to read it on their own, or buy it for yourself even if you've been a dancer for years, but are still frustrated by the lack of *real* instruction you are receiving in dance class! Refer to it when you need help advancing your technique but all of your trial and error is just turning up more error. Use it to make yourself a better teacher to your students so you can better explain what you're wanting from them, and watch the results with amazement! Should be required reading for all instructors, especially of beginners.