For nearly a century, the training of ballet and modern dancers has followed two divergent paths. Modern practitioners felt ballet was artificial and injurious to the body; ballet teachers felt that modern dancers lacked the rigorous discipline and control that comes only from years of progressive training.
Ballet Beyond Tradition seeks to reconcile these age-old conflicts and bring a new awareness to ballet teachers of the importance of a holistic training regimen that draws on the best that modern dance and movement-studies offers.
Anna Paskevska is the author of one of the best-regarded books on kinesiology and dance, Both Sides of the Mirror, first published in 1982, and issued in a 2nd edition in 1992. She also is the author of Ballet: From the First Plié to Mastery, a syllabus for ballet teaching (Routledge, 2002). She is past Chair of the Dance Department at the Chicago Academy of Arts.
'There are many ballet teachers who are revisiting the classical vocabulary in light of other movement techniques...yoga, martial arts, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals...I applaud [this book's effort to enlighten ballet teachers into realizing that basic movement principles and attention to developmental aspects of teaching are important.' - Melanie Bales, Ohio State University
'Anna Paskevska's fascinating and informative book explores and develops balletic tradition, technique and vocabulary...full of sound advice both technical and aesthetic.' - Frank Freeman, Dancing Times