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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: 1.2 x 21.9 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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32 of 32 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
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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
Great Resource Feb. 7 2009
By Elizabeth A. Hartwig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book because I was going to be starting teaching ballet to young children after being out of ballet for awhile. It was a terrific resource for reminding me about all the terms and pronounciations. It also gave a great outline for how to structure the class timewise, as how to progress through the steps as the weeks went on. It was a great buy!

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