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Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant

Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant

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Teacher recommended, Gail Grant's Technical Manual has long been one of the most popular and effective ballet reference guides. Completely revised and updated, this third edition is virtually a new work and should be owned by every student, dance teacher, choreographer, and ballet enthusiast — even those who purchased the second edition. Extensive revision, expansion, and the inclusion of more than 300 new terms have added immeasurably to the value of this concise, definitive manual.

- Moving from "abstract ballet" and "adage, adagio" to "working leg" and "wrapped position," the book fully describes and defines over 1,100 ballet steps (saul de chat, jeté enveloppé, failli, entrechat six, etc.), movements and poses (arabesque, épaulement, attitude, en arrière, retiré, à terre, dégagé, etc.), and other expressions and concepts
- For each, first a phonetic transcription is provided, then a literal translation, and finally an explanation of how the step is performed, the pose captured, or the movement executed, of how the concept fits in with actual ballet dancing, or of the purpose or function of the idea.
- Cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions that vary from the Russian to the French or Italian schools
- Includes pronunciation guides and a bibliography
-15-page pictorial section keyed to the dictionary, with diagrams showing clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many of the more common ballet steps and movements.

This essential and easy reference is a must for every teacher, aspiring dancer, and ballet class!

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