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Ballet Dance Books


How to learn ballet. Read, Watch and Learn Ballet. Here is a list of Recommended Ballet Books. Pointe your toes and read ballet books.

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Book Title: Ballet Spectacular

Author: Lisa Miles

Description: This enchantingly beautiful book is the perfect reference volume for children who love ballet. Featuring stunning full-color photos from The Royal Ballet's own collections and informative, fact-filled entries, it covers all things dance! Inside, young readers will be captivated by:

Most intriguing to passionate young lovers of dance will be the exploration of a day in the life of a professional ballet dancer, images of beloved performers such as Margot Fonteyn, Darcey Bussell, and Carlos Acosta, detailed close-ups of costumes, and photos from iconic performances of The Royal Ballet. More than 160 images througho ut.

Book Title: Sheba Lee American Girl

Author: Teresa Cotsirilos

Illustrator: Laura Tallardy

Description: In the dance studio, Sheba Lee is outstanding. Everywhere else, she just stands out.


Book Title: Beginning Ballet

Author: Celia Sparger

Description: New York Theatre Arts Books, Contents is beginning ballet, plie, standing, arabesque, feet and arms.



Book Title: George Balanchine The Ballet Maker

Author: Robert Gottlieve

Description: Written by the gifted author, editor, and dance critic Robert Gottlieb, George Balanchine describes the life and art of the celebrated, revolutionary ballet choreographer. Here is a necessary and singular look at the life of one of the great figures of the 20th Century: the dynamic Balanchine, founder of The New York City Ballet, collaborator of Stravinsky, and inspiration to countless fans over the course of his long and storied career. George Balanchine is another engaging entry in the HarperCollins’ “Eminent Lives” series of biographies by distinguished authors on canonical figures



Book Title: Leaping at Shadows, The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance #1

Author: Megan Atwood

Description: Madeleine's the newest arrival at the famed Dario Quincy Academy of Dance. She's worked hard to gain admission, and she's determined not to lose her scholarship. That means not asking too many questions when her antique necklace goes missing, and certainly not breaking curfew. So how does she find herself exploring the creepy tunnels that run underneath the school?

As if rivals at dance practice weren't bad enough, Madeleine begins to suspect that there's an ancient evil on the academy grounds. And when Madeleine and her rivals join together, sneaking out at night to explore the school's depths, the evil might just follow them back upstairs.


Book Title: Rainbow magic The Dance Fairies Bethany the Ballet Fairy

Author: Daisy Meadows

Description: Can Rachel and Kirsty help the Dance Fairies get their grooves back?The Dance Fairies' magic ribbons are missing! Without them, all kinds of dances are getting off on the wrong foot. Everyone is miserable, except for Jack Frost and his goblins. They have the ribbons . . . and it's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get them back!Beautiful ballets everywhere are turning into a total mess. Can Bethany the Ballet Fairy track down her ribbon? Or will the goblins dance away with it?Find the magic ribbon in each book, and help keep the Dance Fairies on their toes!Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 5/1/2009Pages: 80Reading Level: Age 7 and Up



Book Title: The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance, The Cursed Ballet

Author: Megan Atwood

Description: Every time the Dario Quincy Academy has performed Giselle, the ballet's lead dancer has died. That's what the rumors say, anyway. But Ophelia doesn't believe in all that. She's determined to win the lead and beat the so-called curse.

As Ophelia begins sneaking out at night to practice Giselle's moves, she meets a mysterious boy hiding in the shadows. He's got great moves, and his looks aren't bad either. After a series of secret meetings, Ophelia starts to feel drained of her strength. She even blacks out during dance class. Is she just pushing herself too hard? Or are the boy and the curse connected?



Book Title: Private View Inside Baryshnikov’s American Ballet Theatre

Author: John Fraser

Photographs by: Eve Arnold

Description: Profiles the glamorous yet driven world of the American Ballet Theater and the style and influence of its charismatic and risk-taking artistic director, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and presents a photographic account of the performers



Book Title: Lili at Ballet

Author: Rachel Isadora

Description: Lili loves to dance. She gets dressed in her leotard, tights, and ballet slippers and begins her class. Along with Lili we learn the five dance positions and see some of the roles she may dance when she is older. For boys and girls who want to know about ballet, this is a perfect introduction!


Book Title: The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories

Author: Barbara Newman

Illustrator: Gill Tomblin

Description: The perfect gift for aspiring ballerinas, "The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories" features "The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle", and "Coppelia", beautifully illustrated and enhanced with choreographic and historical information. The book/CD package features the musical highlights of each ballet. Full color



Book Title: The Colorful World of Ballet

Author: Clement Crisp and Edward Thorpe

Illustrator: Maryon Lane, featuring an illustrated guide to classical ballet steps

Description: Hardcover with pictorial of ballet couple on front board. Authors, Clement Crisp and Edward Thorpe. Octopus Books Limited, publishers. 1977 Edition. (ISBN0904230392) Text - clean and tight. Dust Jacket - has a crease on inside front top - otherwise very good. Illustrated with color photographs. Book features outstanding achievements of choreography, history of ballet. Total 96 pages. Beautiful ballet book.



Book Title: Breaking Pointe A Ballet Novel

Author: Miriam Wenger-Landis

Description: The people, the excitement, and the beauty of dancers were the story of my life...."

When eighteen-year-old dancer Anna Linado began her professional ballet career with the prestigious Los Angeles Ballet Theatre, she thought all of her dreams had come true. Company life offered glamorous colleagues, exhilarating performances, and the chance to become a prima ballerina.

Then she finds an older dancer's diary hidden in her theater case, and the contents unravel her preconceptions about life in the company.

Just as Anna reaches the cusp of stardom and the beginning of a promising love affair, the realities of the ballet world will change her life forever.


Book Title: The Ballerina Princess

Author: Jan Peck, edited Dr. Sam Ed Brown

Illustrator: Lyle Miller

Description: Ballet story about Tiffany Moore



Book Title: Stolen Luck The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance

Author: Megan Atwood

Description: Kayley's had a run of bad luck. She'd been struggling at dance practice for a while, and then her instructor decided to give Kayley's next role to another girl. Even so, Kayley isn't ready to bow out. She has a plan.

The old ballet shoes on display at Dario Quincy Academy have a legend behind them. They're supposed to give anyone who owns them good fortune. But when Kayley steals the vintage slippers, she doesn't just turn her dancing around. She starts to see her friends get hurt. Will she return the shoes before something truly tragic strikes the academy? Or is it already too late?



Book Title: An Elementary Treatise Upon The Theory and Practice of The Art of Dancing

Author: Carlo Blasis, Translated by MAry Stewart Evans

Description: The first practical treatise on the art and technique of ballet.


Book Title: The Nutcracker

Author: Retold by Gaby Goldsack

Illustrator: Caroline Pedler

Description: One cold and frosty Christmas Eve night, the Stahlbaum house shone festive and bright. Twinkling candies lit up the tree as guests arrived for the Stahlbaums’ party.


Book Title: Emily’s Dance Class

Author: Claire Masurel

Illustrator: Susan Calitri

Description: Today is Emily’s first dance class! Come along with her as she leaps, spins, and hops her way through the lesson.


Book Title: Prancine the Unicorn Helps the Littlest Ballerina

Author: Ryan Kinkaid

Illustrator: Dave Titus

Description: The unicorn who believes everyone has a little magic inside


Book Title: Children’s Ballet Dictionary An illustrated Guide

Author: Judy John-Baptiste

Description: This ballet terminology book for kids is a great resource for all children taking ballet grades. This ballet dictionary for children is also suited to those who need a basic book to learn ballet step by step and have no ballet experience. It contains most of the widely used ballet terms in ballet classes and exams . This illustrated ballet dictionary for kids comes with detailed ballet poses in full colour to help learn ballet step by step. The Children's Ballet Dictionary An Illustrated Guide is a helpful resource for those who have a general interest in ballet and will help to understand and learn ballet terms. The book is also a suitable ballet dictionary for teens.This ballet dictionary for children is the ideal gift for a ballet pupil. It is a great ballet dictionary with pictures and will help pupils excel in their exams


Book Title: Busy Ballet School

Author: Emily Sollinger

Illustrator: Stacey Lamb

Description: It's the first day of ballet school and these little dancers can't wait to get started. From packing their dance bags to leaping and spinning across the floor, they find that ballet school is all about having fun. The book comes with 20 ballet-themed glitter tattoos -- including ballet slippers, ribbons, bows, and stars.


Book Title: My First Ballet Class

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