16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Genuinely accessible to Dummies,
This review is from: Ballet For Dummies (Paperback)
I really found this book helpful. I have to admit having had a couple of ballet lessons in the past but those were very poor and well over 20 years ago, so I was probably starting from the very beginning. The layout was good and you could in theory skip over to the chapters you are interested in, although the book goes to some trouble to emphasise the progressive nature of the techniques - you could find yourself unable to understand the instructions if you have skipped over the bits about what "low fifth" and "cou de pied" actually are.
The one downside I found was that the book almost never gives you information on how to get OUT of any positions, for example the "developpe" bringing your leg out in front/side/back and then the instructions end with you balanced on one leg with the other stuck out in the air. There is no information on how you might then proceed to the next step in a sequence. The pictures can sometimes be a couple of pages away from the text too, I guess to save on pages, but in a real "Dummies" situation I would prefer them to describe step 1 and then have the picture right there not over a couple of pages. On the whole instructions are really clear, although one box near the beginning of the book asks us to place feet broadly and keep the ankles from gripping - not, I hazard, terms that the beginner will be able to relate to.
If you are thinking about a beginners' class but don't want to show up knowing nothing at all then this is an excellent starting point.