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Ballet Beyond Tradition

Ballet Beyond Tradition
Your Price: $35.95 CDN
Author: Anna Paskevska
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 187
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0415970180
ISBN-13: 9780415970181

About the Book:

Ballet Beyond Tradition offers new ways to understand the ballet vocabulary in terms of the most recent understanding of the body and how it moves.

For nearly a century, the training of ballet and modern dancers has followed two divergent paths. Modern practitioners felt ballet was artificial and injurious to the body; ballet teachers felt that modern dancers lacked the rigorous discipline and control that comes only from years of progressive training. Though dance kinesiologists and students of human motion have studied both techniques, their findings have rarely informed the teaching of either.

Ballet Beyond Tradition seeks to reconcile these age-old conflicts and bring a new awareness to ballet teachers of the importance of a holistic training regimen that draws on the best that modern dance and movement-studies offers. Anna Paskevska persuasively argues that ballet technique has itself evolved over the last three centuries; and that the most vital dance movement is one that absorbs outside influences as well as preserving its traditions. All dance forms use the body as their instrument, and all require flexibility, strength, control, awareness of intent and meaning, kinetic energy, musicality and rhythm.

What people say:

"This articulate book brings attention to a necessary, new/contemporary approach to traditional ballet practices. It provides teachers additional insights especially when working with dancers whose primary training was not in ballet technique, or dancers who have come to the technique later in life ... Ballet technique must evolve and grow, and this book lends a helping hand in that direction." — Maureen Janson, Department of Dance, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"There are many ballet teachers who are revisiting the classical vocabulary in light of other movement techniques… yoga, martial arts, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals… I applaud [this book's effort to enlighten ballet teachers into realizing that basic movement principles and attention to developmental aspects of teaching are important." — Melanie Bales, Department of Dance, Ohio State University

"Anna Paskevska's fascinating and informative book explores and develops balletic tradition, technique and vocabulary…full of sound advice both technical and aesthetic." — Dancing Times

About the Author:

Anna Paskevska (1938-2007) was a dancer, writer and teacher. Born in Moscow, she came to England with her mother and grandmother passing through Egypt and France. She was a professional ballerina with the Royal Ballet School in London. She taught ballet in professional schools and universities. Currently, including Columbia College and The Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she was also Chair of the Dance Department. She also wrote several highly-regarded books on kinesiology and dance.

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