Ballet Beyond Tradition

By Anna Paskevska

© 2005 – Routledge

200 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415970181
pub: 2004-10-26
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About the Book

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.


'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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Ballet
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Dance