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Parent's Book of Ballet: Answers to Critical Questions Paperback – 1 Nov 1989

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Meriwether Publishing,U.S. (1 Nov 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916260526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916260521
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,299,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book about ballet for young dancers provides a glimpse into the ballet training process from the beginning years to professional ballet school as a young adult. It tells where to study, whether or when to attend a boarding school, how to find the right teacher and more.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 2002
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This book is useful in terms of general advice on the issues that parents need to consider as a child undergos ballet training whether it be starting initial classes or moving into professional training. However, it's one big drawback is that is firmly based in American experiences and the American training system. If what you want is a discussion of the training available in the UK in terms of Royal Ballet School versus Stage School and a discussion of strengths of different schools then this book has little to offer on that subject.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Every parent of every dance student should read this book! 13 Oct 1999
By Helen Maliszewski (helenm57@aol.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what the title says it is-a guide. Not a textbook, a quick and easy read, yet it is so informative, it should be mandatory reading for all parents of dance students, especially ballet. Ms. Whitehill takes the parent through all stages of dance training and gives the best advice I've seen to date. Covers EVERYTHING!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended for parents of ballet-bound kids. 28 Mar 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Collaboratively written by Angela Whitehill and William Noble, The Parents Book Of Ballet is an answer-packed guide for parents of preteens, early teens, and older children learning the art and craft of ballet. Chapters cover how to find a qualified teacher, how to help a young person adapt to the demands of rehearsal and auditions, the pros and cons of ballet, and much more. The Parents Book Of Ballet is very highly recommended for the parents of any youngster with an interested in taking ballet lessons.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This was a very informing book!!! 8 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It was wonderful. It gave a lot of information and at the same time was very interesting. It gave all the facts you would want to know as a parent of a young dancer, or a young dancer yourself. I found everything I wanted to know in it and would recommend it to a friend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Parents Book of Ballet 24 Jan 2007
By Dancer Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very comprehensive and informative. If your child is in pre-pro ballet school the book will help you understand how artistic directors make the choices for performances, moving dancers up, etc. David Howard shares valuable information, in a easy to understand format. Book was easy and enjoyable to read. I reccomend this book for all Moms of dancers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Information for the parents of serious dancers 8 May 2013
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I purchased this book because the studio that my three-year-old attends recommended it as a primer for parents of dancers. A lot of the information is not applicable to my daughter at this stage. This book is most useful for parents of preteens who really enjoy dance and want to take more classes. It explains things like why ballet classes are structured the way they are, what things to look for in a studio, and how to tell if your child is ready for pointe. There is also a lot of good information for parents of dancers who are already serious and are considering a career in dance. It is very clearly written, and it is plain that the authors understand the dance world and have a good feel for what non-dancer parents might want to know. The copy that I bought was written when the internet was a new thing, so that section was a little outdated, but I didn't feel that it detracted noticeably from the usefulness of the book as a whole. Even though I may not need the information for years, I am glad that I read this book, so that I am prepared in case my daughter grows up to be a dancer. I would recommend this book to any parent with a child in dance.
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