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The Ballet Book


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Karen Kain was principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada and is now the company's artistic director.


This comprehensive guide, written by a teacher at Canada's National Ballet School, helps youngsters who love ballet to understand the hard work and commitment involved in classical dance training.--Susan Pine"School Library Journal" (11/01/1999)
The emphasis is on the joy of moving to music and the lifetime benefits of studying.--Horn Book Guide (07/01/1999)
Each chapter is written in easy-to-understand language, defining new terms and ballet expressions. The book covers finding a teacher and musical accompanist, specifications of the studio and what to wear. Terminology and steps to correct arm, feet, and body position are shown through photos. The importance of healthy meals and snacks, the need for exercises to improve posture, alignment, stance, and stamina are included. This book is a pleasure to read because of its smooth, graceful writing, and descriptive explanations.-- (02/01/2000)
A detailed, practical guide for serious ballet students ... To balance collections heavy on colorful ballet books for browsers with stars in their eyes, here's a guide for ballet students who are ready to get down to work.-- (11/15/1999)
A step-by-step resource for aspiring dancers, it contains more than 100 black-and-white photos of ballet positions and classical poses, most by Lydia Pawelak.--Publishers Weekly (11/29/1999)

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