Cover art for Ballet For Dummies
Wiley & Sons, September 2019
Softcover, 368 pages
23.6cm × 19cm × 1.9cm

Ballet For Dummies

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Whether you want to participate in ballet or just watch it, the ballet experience can excite and inspire you. Ballet is among the most beautiful forms of expression ever devised: an exquisite mix of sight and sound, stunning, aesthetics, and awesome technique.

Ballet For Dummies is for anyone who wants to enjoy all that the dance forms offers as an onlooker who wants to get a leg up on the forms you're likely to see or as an exercise enthusiast who understands that the practice of ballet can help you gain:

More strength

Greater flexibility

Better body alignment

Confidence in movement

Comfort through stress reduction

Infinite grace for life

From covering the basics of classical ballet to sharing safe and sensible ways to try your hand (and toes) at moving through the actual dance steps, this expert reference shows you how to:

Build your appreciation for ballet from the ground up.

Choose the best practice space and equipment.

Warm up to your leap into the movements.

Locate musical options for each exercise.

Look for certain lifts in a stage performance.

Tell a story with gestures.

Picture a day in the life of a professional ballet dancer.

Identify best-loved classic and contemporary ballets.

Speak the language of ballet.

Today you can find a ballet company in almost every major city on earth. Many companies have their own ballet schools some for training future professionals, and others for interested amateurs. As you fine-tune your classical ballet technique or even if you just like to read about it you'll become better equipped to fully appreciate the great choreography and many styles of the dance. Ballet For Dummies raises the curtain on a world of beauty, grace, poise, and possibility!

P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you're probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Ballet For Dummies (9780764525681). The book you see here shouldn't be considered a new or updated product. But if you're in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We're always writing about new topics!

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