Discusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. 118 illustrations.
This work picks up where The Foundations of Classical Ballet Technique left off, so where, for example, you would find a single pirouette in the first book, this develops into a double pirouette, an embellished pirouette, or a more complex turn like fouette rond de jambe en tournant.
The definitive guide to the Russian Method of ballet, this complete, unabridged original version is the basis for all other classical ballet textbooks. It contains expanded text, entirely new sections, and corrections. Agrippina Vaganova articulates her own role in the rebirth of Russian ballet, discusses the body and its expressive capabilities, and explains how to attain a harmonious totality in dance. With additional documentation, photos, and contextual analysis, this edition contains a new biographical essay, a comprehensive summary of Vaganova’s lifetime achievements, photos of her as a dancer in some of her greatest roles and as a teacher with her students, and important new research into the influence of the Italians, led by Enrico Cecchetti, on the development of Russian ballet. Penetrating, insightful, and authoritative, this is much more than a textbook; it is the best guide available to Russian ballet technique and the Vaganova Method.