A Child's Introduction To Ballet

A Child's Introduction To Ballet : The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance

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The latest volume in Black Dog's successful book-and-CD series combines the mesmerizing stories of the world's great ballets with fun facts, dancing how-tos, history, profiles- all accompanied by charming original watercolors. From Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Peter and the Wolf and Fancy Free, the of twenty-five of the world's best-loved ballets are told, accompanied by corresponding tracks on an enclosed CD. These are the charming stories that bring ballet to life on the stage, along with the music that has made them into enduring classics. Surrounding the stories is a captivating, illustrated history of ballet, each page filled with information, artwork, and profiles of the world's great dancers, choreographers, and composers. There are even instructions on ballet positions and the key moves that every dancer needs to know. The musical selections included on the CD are keyed to specific points in the text, making the book uniquely interactive, educational, and fun.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 254 x 259.1 x 17.8mm | 748.44g
  • Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 100 full colour illustrations
  • 1579126995
  • 9781579126995
  • 80,481

About Laura Lee

Meredith Hamilton (Author) Meredith Hamilton graduated from Brown University and has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Formerly an art director at Newsweek and Time, she illustrated the previous six books in the Child's Introduction series, among other books, and her work can be found in magazines and animations as well. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three children.Laura Lee is currently producing a U.S. tour of the Russian Classical Ballet. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Aggravation and The Elvis Impersonation Kit, both available from Black Dog & Leventhal.Laura Lee (Author) Laura Lee is currently producing a U.S. tour of the Russian Classical Ballet. She is the author of The Encyclopedia of Aggravation and The Elvis Impersonation Kit, both available from Black Dog & Leventhal.
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Back cover copy

Listen while you learn about the world's greatest ballets, dancers, choreographers, and composers!
Why do ballet dancers stand like ducks? ("Page 13")
How high can the greatest ballet dancers leap? ("Page 27")
What famous ballet company was originally made up of orphans? ("Page 32")
Which very popular ballet was a complete FLOP when it was first performed? ("Page 37")
Name three ballets featuring toys that come to life. ("Page 55")
Which ballet music sounds as if it was written for stomping giants rather than pretty ballerinas? ("Page 58")
Which famous ballet dancer did a duet with Miss Piggy on "The Muppet Show"? ("Page 81")
Enjoy stories of the world's great ballets, listen to the music that brings them to life and find out lots of fun facts along the way in this entertaining and colorful book for young dancers and dance-lovers at every level."
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Welcome to the magical world of ballet! In this book you'll experience dance in a whole new way--by listening and learning at the same time. You'll read about the history of ballet and its most famous dancers, composers, and choreographers. You'll find out a little bit about the different ballet steps and positions (and get a chance to try them yourself). And best of all, you'll read the wonderful stories of the world's greatest ballets, and, as the stories unfold, you can listen to pieces of music from some of them. Soon, you will be a ballet expert!
From The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to Rodeo, Fancy Free, and Peter and the Wolf, all of the world's most popular and beloved ballets are included here, illustrated with beautiful watercolors that you will want to return to again and again. Enjoy the stories (and the stories behind):
La Sylphide
Don Quioxote
Swan Lake
Sleeping Beauty
The Nutcracker
Dying Swan
The Rite of Spring
Peter and the Wolf
Romeo and Juliet
Fancy Free
Circus Polka
Daphnis and Choloe
and more!
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