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Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique Paperback – Jul 6 1998


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (July 6 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873229975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873229975
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #597,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author


Gayle Kassing teaches dance at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. She has taught ballet technique for more than 25 years in various settings, including higher education, a university-based community dance program, and professional and civic dance schools. She has also owned and operated her own dance studios.

No stranger to publishing, Kassing has been writing ballet education articles that focus on teaching and assessment for more than 15 years. She also served as the publications director for the National Dance Association.

A member of the National Dance Association and the Florida Dance Association, Kassing earned her PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman's University.

Danielle M. Jay is an associate professor of dance education at Northern Illinois University. She has studied ballet since the age of three and has taught ballet at the college level for more than 25 years.

Jay has studied with Margaret Craske and Celene Keller at Jacob's Pillow and with David McLain, David Blackburn, and Oleg Sabline at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman's University.

Jay is a member of the National Dance Association, which is a part of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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I just started teaching beginning dance classes and I wasn't sure how to go about it. And then I discovered this book. It is an amazing reference. It is in two parts, the first part discusses how to plan your classes and different teaching methods. The second part breaks up one term into four different units and then gives exercises (barre and center) for each unit. For each exercise, it gives the french name, pronunciation, the english definition, a breakdown of the movement including arms, musical info (tempo, timing, etc), a preparation as well as progressions for teaching it. Excellently designed. It is more based on the Cecchetti method and since I prefer certain aspects of the Russian method I changed some things. Overall, this is an excellent book and walks with you along the path of teaching ballet. I highly reccomend it.
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By A Customer on Dec 15 2002
Format: Paperback
I have been teaching ballet for more than 10 years and whereas I found this book quite basic, I think it would be a wonderful tool for a new teacher. It goes into great depth about the differnt teaching styles, constructing a class, dicipline, basic technical concepts, imagery, etc.
I did want to note that this book is written for instructors teaching beginning ballet in a high school or college, not so much for the "Studio" teacher.
If you are a new teacher and not quite sure where to start, this would be a good book for you.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for Teachers Dec 12 2000
By "vals_wings" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just started teaching beginning dance classes and I wasn't sure how to go about it. And then I discovered this book. It is an amazing reference. It is in two parts, the first part discusses how to plan your classes and different teaching methods. The second part breaks up one term into four different units and then gives exercises (barre and center) for each unit. For each exercise, it gives the french name, pronunciation, the english definition, a breakdown of the movement including arms, musical info (tempo, timing, etc), a preparation as well as progressions for teaching it. Excellently designed. It is more based on the Cecchetti method and since I prefer certain aspects of the Russian method I changed some things. Overall, this is an excellent book and walks with you along the path of teaching ballet. I highly reccomend it.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Good for a novice teacher Dec 15 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been teaching ballet for more than 10 years and whereas I found this book quite basic, I think it would be a wonderful tool for a new teacher. It goes into great depth about the differnt teaching styles, constructing a class, dicipline, basic technical concepts, imagery, etc.
I did want to note that this book is written for instructors teaching beginning ballet in a high school or college, not so much for the "Studio" teacher.
If you are a new teacher and not quite sure where to start, this would be a good book for you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Great Teaching Aide March 18 2006
By Heathers Couture - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great teaching aide if you have never taught older beginner dancers. (Teen and older). It is geared more for an academic setting such as a college, but is easily adapted to the studio setting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent resource Jan. 31 2008
By New ballet teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was written to be used in an academic setting but is an excellent resource for teaching beginning ballet in general. I was a dancer for many years, but I am just now getting in to teaching. Like the authors said, it is good to get a review because it is a long time since I was a beginner. The book helps to clarify what beginners can and can't do. I just skipped over the parts about tailoring your classes to teaching in high school/college since it didn't apply.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
best for brand new teachers. Jan. 5 2011
By leAnn Garth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is very basic. It might be a good checklist for a newly graduated teacher during the first few years of teaching but should be passed by if you have been teaching for more than a year or two and know the basic principles of ballet and the basic principles of instruction technique. A beginning adult ballet student might find the information helpful in understanding the reasons behind the format of class etc..... the book could be a helpful training aide to keep in a studio atmosphere for employees to double check on teaching methods or good college level instruction book for students training to be future teachers


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