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Basic Principles of Classical Ballet: Russian Ballet Technique Paperback – 6 Jan 1969


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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New impression edition (6 Jan. 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486220362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486220369
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2000
Format: Paperback
This text book a marvellous encoding of Vaganova's methodology. The 'grammar', if you like, of the Soviet ballet style. A style, it would appear, from recent Kirov outings, long gone from St. Petersburg these days.
You can't teach from this book, as there was more to Vaganova and the Soviet style than can be encapsulated in a book. The whole framework of the school is there, but it does require a 'key' to unlock it, and that's only handed down from pupil to teacher. I mean, you're not going to read this book everyday for seven years and do class everyday and suddenly turn into Irina Kolpakova. [Kolpakova was Vaganova's last pupil.] Still less can you say: "I teach the Vaganova method" and walk into class with this book under your arm. But, alas, plenty of teachers in the US and the UK seemingly do. This book helps to illuminate your way if you already know where you are going.
But it's a minefield if you don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By serenade on 22 Jan. 2010
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The only thing that is wrong with this book is that it ends. Exceptional and to the point explanations of exercises as well as explanation about the reasons behind the choice of style for the vaganova method, which is of huge value even if you are learning or teaching through a russian school. Not suitable for very young dancers but for about grade 5/6 upwards and teachers of all levels, you will LOVE and treasure this book.

I would also recommend books by Joan Lawson if you are interested in this book.
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By M. Ting on 22 Feb. 2009
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Book was delivered in excellent condition and was packed full of pictures and text details on the movement. Extremely educational and has helped my dance. Also helps that it fits into a handbag...it's that compact. Definitely recommended read for avid ballerinas.
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The descriptions of ballet moves are good but the illustrations are small and not always much help. The book was delivered from America so it did take a while to arrive but was in excellent condition, very good value.
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