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Broadway, Balanchine, and Beyond: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813056258
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Published: University Press of Florida - March 19th, 2019

In this memoir of a roller-coaster career on the New York stage, former actor and dancer Bettijane Sills offers a highly personal look at the art and practice of George Balanchine, one of ballet's greatest choreographers, and the inner workings of his world-renowned company during its golden years.

Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story Cover Image
By DK, Viviana Durante (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781465474780
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Published: DK - September 4th, 2018

This DK visual guide to ballet history goes beyond other ballet books, with beautiful photography that captures famous dancers and key stories.

Born to Dance: Celebrating the Wonder of Childhood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761189343
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 16th, 2018

A New York Times bestseller!

“In Jordan Matter’s photos, dancers make all the world their stage.” —New York Times

From Jordan Matter, YouTube star and New York Times–bestselling author of Dancers Among Us, a celebration of what it means to be young and full of possibility, featuring gorgeous phot

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece Cover Image
By Camille Laurens, Willard Wood (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781590519585
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Published: Other Press - November 20th, 2018

This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas’s now-iconic sculpture, and the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. 

Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet (Dover Books on Dance) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780486218434
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Published: Dover Publications -

"Miss Grant has made more information available in one book than we have ever had before. Teacher's organizations would do well to consider the use of Miss Grant's Technical Manual as an official textbook." -- Dance Magazine

Love, Icebox: Letters from John Cage to Merce Cunningham Cover Image
By John Cage, Laura Kuhn (Contribution by), Emily Martin (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781942884385
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Published: John Cage Trust - August 20th, 2019

Cage's passionate, distraught and affectionate letters to Cunningham provide a vivid portrait of the start of their life together

Frankie Manning: Ambassador of Lindy Hop Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592135646
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Published: Temple University Press - September 1st, 2008

In the early days of swing dancing, Frankie Manning stood out for his moves and his innovative routines. This is his autobiography, recalling how his first years of dancing as a teenager at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom led to his becoming chief choreographer and a lead dancer for 'Whitey's Lindy Hoppers'.

Classical Ballet Technique Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813009452
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Published: University Press of Florida - December 1st, 1989

"Classical Ballet Technique is an invaluable guide for students, teachers, and ballet lovers. It not only covers the broad spectrum of ballet vocabulary but also gives sound, practical advice to aspiring dancers. The clarity of the writing, in a field notorious for its opaqueness, is in itself a major achievement."--Merrill Ashley, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

New Orleans Carnival Balls: The Secret Side of Mardi Gras, 1870-1920 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807167564
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Published: LSU Press - September 13th, 2017

Mardi Gras festivities don't end after the parades roll through the streets; rather, a large part of the celebration continues unseen by the general public. Retreating to theaters, convention centers, and banquet halls, krewes spend the post-parade evening at lavish balls, where members cultivate a sense of fraternity and reinforce the organization's shared values through pageantry and dance.

100 Lessons in Classical Ballet: The Eight-Year Program of Leningrad's Vaganova Choreographic School (Limelight) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780879100681
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Published: Limelight - July 1st, 2004

The complete 8-year curriculum of Leningrad's famed Vaganova Choreographic School, which trained Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and Makarova, including over 100 photographs. A volume which no teacher, scholar, or student of the dance can afford to miss. "A serious, indeed indispensable, textbook." -Clive Barnes.

Basic Principles of Classical Ballet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780486220369
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Published: Dover Publications -

Although the stars of Russian ballet Anna Pavlova and Tamara Karsavina possessed a national manner of dancing, there was no truly Russian school of dancing until the 1930s. The development of this school was largely due to Mme. Vaganova (1879-1951), not only a great dancer but also the teacher of Galina Ulanova and many others and an unsurpassed theoretician.

The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819574053
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - January 30th, 2014

The Place of Dance is written for the general reader as well as for dancers. It reminds us that dancing is our nature, available to all as well as refined for the stage. Andrea Olsen is an internationally known choreographer and educator who combines the science of body with creative practice.

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