Beginning Ballet: From the Classroom to the Stage, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Beginning Ballet

From the Classroom to the Stage, 2nd Edition

By Joan Lawson


96 pages

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Paperback: 9780878300563
pub: 1994-08-09
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Beginning Ballet is an essential first book for ballet students and their parents. The newly edited and revised edition provides a guide to technique, vocabulary and practice in class as well as to the costumes required for class and stage. Joan Lawson also offers invaluable advice to parents on how to seek ballet training for their child. The book is illustrated throughout by the remarkable drawings of Kay Ambrose and the costume patterns of Peter Revitt. Teachers will find an excellent selection of steps, exercises and drawings of basic poses adapted from various well-known methods of dancing.


"Beginning with the origins of dance, [Lawson] describes how various forms and styles emerged through the ages. Clear photographs and an informative text make this a must for young dancers." -- On Pointe

"The book is much more than a `handbook.' It is a reference book of the greatest ballets produced; it is a history of the development of ballet choreography; and it is an emotional testament of the author to her love of ballet." -- Dance Teacher Now

"This is a must for first-year students and an excellent reference for teachers of children." -- Dance Teacher Now

About the Author

Joan Lawson's training in England and Russia led to her career as a writer of ballet history, technique and criticism in books, newspapers and magazines, as a much-respected teacher at the Royal Ballet Schools and Companies, as an adviser and examiner at the Royal Academy of Dancing, and as co-founder (with Justin Howse, FRCS, and Shirley Hancock, MSCP) of the Remedial Dance Clinic.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General