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Pas de Deux: The Art of Partnering

Pas de Deux: The Art of Partnering
Your Price: $7.50 CDN
Author: Anton Dolin
Introduction by: Arnold L. Haskell
Illustrated by: Phyllis Dolton
Publisher: Dover Publications
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 61
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0486443132
ISBN-13: 9780486443133

About the Book:

This classic of ballet literature is an essential guide for dancers and teachers. Pas de Deux: The Art of Partnering is an unabridged republication of the second edition, originally published by A. & C. Black, Ltd., London, 1950, with 29 black-and-white illustrations.

The finest, most elegant partnering in ballet is rarely noticed: its very essence is to concentrate attention on the ballerina – who soars gracefully through the air, serenely landing with ease – so that the audience accepts the illusion of weightlessness and spirituality. This book explores an essential part of the classical ballet, unappreciated by all but the most knowledgeable ballet-goers and often neglected in ballet teaching.

Its practical advice for both ballerinas and partners begins with such basics as how to stand, how to walk, and how to help the ballerina take bows. The overall bearing and attitude of the partner, the never-faltering attention of cavalier to ballerina, the necessity of lifting without visible strain, proper positioning of the hands during holds – all this material is fully covered. In addition, there are complete exercises for introducing both partners and ballerinas to the pas de deux, and the author offers step-by-step presentations on important adagios from the classical repertory, including Swan Lake, Giselle and The Nutcracker, as well.

Few partners are more qualified to advise on partnering than Anton Dolin, whose performances with Alicia Markova achieved legendary status. His book Pas de Deux has, in turn, become a classic of ballet literature – an essential guide for dancers and teachers, and an eye-opening trip behind the scenes for balletomanes.

About the Author:

Sir Anton Dolin (1904 – 1983) was an English ballet dancer and choreographer. His early career in Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes led him to become the first internationally acclaimed British male ballet star. A founding member of major ballet companies in Britain and the United States, he was knighted in 1981.