As one of the most formal and demanding genres of dance, ballet has enthralled audiences with its grace, precision, and remarkable feats of dexterity. Its early roots can be traced back to the sixteenth century, when court dances were performed for Italian and French royalty. After spreading throughout Europe, ballet flourished in nineteenth-century Russia, the home of some of the world's greatest dancers and choreographers. Once these dancers traveled to America in the twentieth century, ballet influenced and evolved with the burgeoning modern dance movement. In Ballet, Second Edition readers will learn how this precise dance form has changed throughout the centuries.
The updated World of Dance set explores various genres of dance, including forms indigenous to particular regions and cultures as well as more popular, contemporary styles. Each book gives readers an in-depth historical overview and cultural context for the development of various dances as well as technical insight into each dance's movements and background about the people who developed and popularized the moves. Full-color images, chronologies, and further resources provide readers with a wealth of information.
Table of Contents
Introduction Elizabeth A. Hanley 7
Foreword Jacques D'Amboise 9
1 The Human Body as Art 13
2 Ballet Begins in Europe 24
3 The Romantic Period 37
4 The Russians Bring Ballet to the World 50
5 American Neoclassicism: The Balanchine Era 61
6 Ballet Goes Pop 75
7 A Basic Ballet Class 86
Further Resources 107