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Beginning Ballet eBook With Web Resource

Beginning Ballet eBook With Web Resource

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    Beginning Ballet and the accompanying web resource introduce students to the study of ballet as a performing art and provide instructional support in learning foundational ballet technique. Part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series, Beginning Ballet is for students enrolled in a beginning ballet class at the college, university, or high school level.

    The book features more than 80 photos and concise descriptions covering basic foot and arm positions, barre exercises, and centre combinations. Beginning Ballet introduces students to the structure of a ballet class, including expectations, etiquette, and attire. Students also learn how to prepare for class, maintain proper nutrition and hydration, and avoid injury.

    This text outlines the unique history of ballet from its beginnings in the Renaissance to the 21st century and discusses the styles, aesthetics, artists, and significant works that have shaped ballet as a performing art.

    In addition, the accompanying web resource presents more than 70 instructional video clips and 50 photos to help students learn and practice beginning ballet. The web resource also includes an interactive quiz, audio clips of ballet terms with pronunciation in French, and assignments. The quiz covers vocabulary of beginning ballet, definitions, and translation to and from the French language.

    Ballet class provides the foundation for learning the dance form, and Beginning Ballet supports that learning through visual, verbal, and interactive instructional tools. Beginning Ballet text and web resource help bring the grace, artistry, and mental and physical benefits of ballet to students.

    Beginning Ballet is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series includes resources for modern dance, ballet, and tap dance that support introductory dance technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text includes a web resource offering video clips of dance instruction, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a guide to learning, performing, and viewing dance.


    Textbook for undergraduate beginning ballet courses in dance, fine arts, physical education, and general education programs. Textbook for advanced high school dance programs.

    Table of Contents

    How to Use the Web Resource

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Ballet
    Benefits of Studying Ballet
    Ballet in Academic Settings
    Ballet in Community Settings
    Basics of Ballet Class
    Expectations and Etiquette for Students
    Structure of Ballet Class
    Challenges of Learning and Performing Ballet

    Chapter 2. Preparing for Class
    Dressing for Class
    Foot Care and Personal Hygiene
    Carrying Dance Gear
    Selecting and Fitting Ballet Slippers
    Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically

    Chapter 3. Safety and Health
    Studio Safety
    Personal Safety
    Basic Anatomy and Kinesiology
    Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries
    Understanding Dance Fitness
    Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest

    Chapter 4. Learning and Performing Ballet Technique
    Languages of Ballet
    Learning Ballet Movements
    Learning Ballet Technique
    Understanding Musicality
    Understanding Artistry
    Applying Aesthetic Principles to Ballet
    Preparing for Class Performance Testing

    Chapter 5. Basics of Ballet Technique
    Positions of the Feet
    Positions of the Arms and Port de Bras
    Movement Principles for Ballet Directions of the Body
    Directions of the Feet
    Types of Barre Combinations
    Types of Center Combinations

    Chapter 6. At the Barre
    Standing at the Barre
    Pre-Barre Exercises
    Barre Exercises

    Chapter 7. In the Center
    Rules and Protocols
    Center Barre
    Port de Bras
    Introduction and Transition Steps

    Chapter 8. History of Ballet
    Beginnings of Ballet
    Ballet Moves From the Court to the Theater
    A Century of Contrast: Romanticism to Classicism
    Ballet in the United States Before 1900
    Ballet in the Twentieth Century
    International Perspectives in the Twentieth Century
    Viewing Ballet Performances
    Distinguishing Types and Styles of Ballet

    References and Resources
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Gayle Kassing, PhD, taught beginning ballet through advanced ballet for more than 25 years at four universities. Kassing earned a BFA in ballet and theater, an MS in modern dance, a PhD in dance and related arts, and an MAT in K-12 curriculum integrated with technology. She was the 2010 National Dance Association (NDA) Artist Scholar. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She is the author of History of Dance and coauthor of Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique. Kassing is an acquisitions editor at Human Kinetics.


    “What is most welcome about Beginning Ballet is the multidisciplines represented—dance medicine and science, dance education, and dance history. This, combined with the preparation-for-class information (foot care, dance gear, selecting and fitting shoes, mental preparation) and technique instruction (positions of the arms and feet, barre and center combinations, center barre, port de bras, adagio and allegro), makes it a valuable text for students.”

    Gigi Berardi-- Midwest Book Review


    Beginning Ballet Web Resource offers more than 70 video clips of ballet instruction plus photos to support acquisition of ballet technique. This online tool also includes assignments, success checks, audio clips of ballet terms with pronunciation in French, and a comprehensive quiz. The quiz covers beginning ballet vocabulary, definitions, and translation to and from the French language. Created for university, college, or high school learning environments, the web resource offers interactive instruction to support students in learning to perform, understand, and appreciate ballet as a performing art.

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