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General Ballet History
A Brief History of Ballet
Compiled and illustrated by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, this summary is a good, short rundown of the major periods in the history of ballet from the 15th century to present day.
The Evolution of Pointe Work
This short Royal Ballet lecture tells the story of the ballerinas who pioneered point work with practical demonstrations.
Ballet: Method to Method
A brief rundown of the most important ballet styles/techniques and what differentiates them from one another.
The Six Methods of Classical Ballet
A summary of the developments and difference of the different ballet styles/techniques.
Suggested Books about Ballet
Apollo's Angels by
Publication Date: 2011-03-15
Dancing on My Grave by
Publication Date: 1960-01-01
Mao's Last Dancer by
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Nutcracker Nation by
Publication Date: 2003-09-10
Life in Motion by
Publication Date: 2014-03-11
Bronislava Nijinska by
Publication Date: 1992-10-06
The Dictionary at BalletHub offers rich descriptions of ballet terms as well as provides accurate spelling for the majority French vocabulary. The links also provide direct translation for the French words for those who have always wondered at their direct meaning/
The Dictionary provided by the American Ballet Theatre offers precise descriptions of the ballet terms as well as sound links for correct pronunciation, particularly helpful for those of us to whom French pronunciation does not come easily or who are unsure if the term they are looking for really is the one spelled out.
Modern Choreographers to Explore
"That's Life" from the Sinatra Suites
The Rite of Spring for the Tanztheater Wuppertal (not originally ballet but has entered the repertoires of the Paris Opera Ballet and English National Ballet theatre since Bausch's death)
Excerpt from The Times Are Racing for the New York City Ballet.
On Viscera, a work for the Royal Ballet
Operates in the space between ballet and modern dance.
The Tart Adagio from Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland for the Royal Ballet, a loving spoof of the famous Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty.