- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (July 6, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873229975
- ISBN-13: 978-0873229975
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique 1st Edition
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About the Author
Gayle Kassing teaches dance at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. She has taught ballet technique for more than 25 years in various settings, including higher education, a university-based community dance program, and professional and civic dance schools. She has also owned and operated her own dance studios.
No stranger to publishing, Kassing has been writing ballet education articles that focus on teaching and assessment for more than 15 years. She also served as the publications director for the National Dance Association.
A member of the National Dance Association and the Florida Dance Association, Kassing earned her PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman's University.
Danielle M. Jay is an associate professor of dance education at Northern Illinois University. She has studied ballet since the age of three and has taught ballet at the college level for more than 25 years.
Jay has studied with Margaret Craske and Celene Keller at Jacob's Pillow and with David McLain, David Blackburn, and Oleg Sabline at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman's University.
Jay is a member of the National Dance Association, which is a part of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
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This book, which is really geared towards teaching the adult novice, was a life-saver. Kassing has a good sense of what adult beginners bring to the table; she also makes excellent use of clear, well-composed photographic illustrations. A diverse group of male and female dancers are represented, as well, which was nice (as a guy who dances, it's particularly nice to see guys in the pictures).
I feel like I shouldn't have to say that this book is not a substitute for a strong dance background, nor (if you're a novice looking for a way to learn on your own) is it a substitute for a real teacher -- but if you're a reasonably-experienced dancer and you find yourself in need of some pointers on how to run an organized class for a gaggle of random adult beginners, Kassing does a pretty good job setting you on the right track.
I suggest adding an additional well-respected guide to technique (Grant's _Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet_, published by Dover, is one inexpensive option), as they do a good job explaining the minutiae of individual elements of technique, and it's a good idea to have more than one resource (and more than one way to explain things to students).
Ultimately, I got horribly sick and thus only got to teach about half of my classes, but I felt like Kassig's book prepared me quite well for that particular challenge.