Ballet Beyond Tradition

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For nearly a century, the training of ballet and modern dancers has followed two divergent paths. Modern practitioners felt ballet was artificial and injurious to the body; ballet teachers felt that modern dancers lacked the rigorous discipline and control that comes only from years of progressive training.
Ballet Beyond Tradition seeks to reconcile these age-old conflicts and bring a new awareness to ballet teachers of the importance of a holistic training regimen that draws on the best that modern dance and movement-studies offers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415970180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415970181
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

A must for ballet teachers and students

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 19, 2012
By Gary Echternacht
Every ballet teacher and student should read this book. At $95 for the hardcover book, it’s overpriced. I bought the kindle version for a quarter of that and it worked just fine. The purpose of the book is to bring the basic principles one finds in Lewis’s book The Illustrated Dance Technique of Jose Limon to the ballet class. Those principles are good because they are more descriptive of what a student should sense and feel while working in class than are the French terms that make up the ballet vocabulary. At least that’s the case for those of us who don’t speak French. Paskevska introduces each principle and discusses how each applies to different movements in ballet class. Particulary helpful is her presentation of an actual class where each movement is broken down in terms of the various principles. Although the writing is overly academic and contains some of the silly notions about human physiology that one often hears in the ballet world, these are relatively minor. I’ve read the book three times and find myself increasingly thinking of the principles in my own ballet and modern classes. I urge other students to buy the book and do the same.

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