- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Dance Books (May 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852730439
- ISBN-13: 978-1852730437
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 0.8 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Inside Ballet Technique: Separating Anatomical Fact from Fiction in the Ballet Class Paperback – 1 May 1994
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From the Back Cover
The more knowledge the dancer - and the dancer's parents and teachers - has about the body as an instrument of artistic expression, the better the dancer. Inside Ballet Technique introduces the reader to the natural anatomical laws governing human movement and body mechanics, and relates them directly to the dancer's acquisition of technique in the daily ballet class. Easy to read, simply and clearly illustrated, Inside Ballet Technique provides a fresh perspective on the basic tenets of classical ballet, answering many questions that commonly persist in the minds of career-track students and dancers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although there is some medical terminology, it usually uses words as dancers would understand them - such as extension, which means a different thing to dancers and doctors. It tells you about how your muscles work and has a section on the spine, the hips and pelvis, factors deterimining turnout - physical limitations and how your thighs work, use of the ribcage, how the knee works and of course, the foot. It also has an excellent section at the back entitled "what we say and what we mean" - which was helpful in translating corrections given by the teacher, such as pull up and use your feet.
All in all it is an excellent book, there is not too much detail but it gives you basically what you need to know. I would recommend it to dancers and teachers both, and as it is separated into separate sections, you can go to what part of the body you are interested in first. It is a technical and anatomical book, but I found it very interesting and useful.