Friday, March 26, 2010

Ballet Books

1) Round about the Ballet.

This book celebrates the richness of dance. Beautiful photographs of prominent ballet dancers by Photographer Roy Round. He have been taking photos of dancers for 40 years.

Among the dancres featured in this book are:-
-Julia Kent (American Ballet Theatre)
-Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theatre)
-Ethan Stiefel (American Ballet Theatre)
-Angela Corella (American Ballet Theatre)
-Albert Evans (New York City Ballet)
-Maxim Beloserkovsky (New York City Ballet)
-Maris Kowroski (New York City Ballet)
-Irina Dvorovenko (American Ballet Theatre)

I did flip thru the book, and i like the artistic photos.

2) Nureyev

A biography of the legendary dancer

3)The dancer's way
The New York City Ballet Guide to Mind, Body, and Nutrition

I personally read thru this book and find it very relevant for dancers and teachers! A good book to keep in every ballerina's library.

Here are some review of the book:-
"This book holds information and advice that could easily save many a dancer's career. It's written with a clarity and compassion that come from a woman who knows first-hand both the difficulties and the thrilling joys of being a dancer." - Bebe Neuwirth, Emmy & Tony Award-winning Broadway dancer, singer, and actress, and founder of The Dancers' Resource at The Actors Fund

"If you’re serious about a career in dance or just want to move through the rest of your life with grace, Linda Hamilton choreographs a perfect path. THE DANCERS WAY is the complete companion for anyone who wants the body, mind, and spirit of a dancer – a true athlete…” - Jerry Mitchell, director/choreographer of Legally Blond, The Musical and mentor of Bravo’s reality competition “Step It Up and Dance”

"The Dancer's Way is full of important and interesting information and I am impressed with the accessibility and practical applicability; not only for dancers but also for medical doctors and all other health care providers involved in the care of dancers. With this comprehensive book Linda Hamilton places herself in the forefront of dance medicine in its broadest sense. The book breathes the passion of the dancer, the skills of the writer, combined with the professionalism of the psychologist she is now. Highly recommended, a joy to read and - although dedicated to dancers - the book is a “must” for everyone active or interested in dance and/or dance medicine. Thank you, Linda, for sharing with us your vast knowledge and experience in two beautiful worlds, the worlds of dance and academia."
- A.B.M. (Boni) Rietveld, M.D. president of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

“Yummy book. It’s the “fit” dancers have been waiting for. EAT FIT, WORK FIT, FEEL FIT, LIVE FIT, DANCE FIT.” - Grover Dale, Tony award-winning director and founder of

“Meticulously researched and written with a warm and generous tone, Linda Hamilton’s The Dancer’s Way is an invaluable guide for dancers of any age.” - Meredith Monk, Dance Magazine and MacArthur Genius Award-Winning composer and choreographer.
"Linda Hamilton has lived this book. I’ve followed her career since she was in New York City Ballet and took my classes. She has become such a wise and understanding person who truly knows how difficult it is to be a dancer today and keep your sanity. This book is especially important for young dancers because is a treasure chest of new information which can eliminate pain, doubt, and fear. Brava!” – Finis Jhung, former principal dancer, Harkness Ballet and Master Ballet Teacher

4)Ballet 101

Ballet 101 is not just for novices. Back in print, in its second edition, this hefty but accessible book by Robert Greskovic, dance critic for The Wall Street Journal, will help established professionals brush up on ballet history, technique, and the plots of popular ballets. Greskovic gives us witty, easily digestible chapters that are jampacked with insightful information.

5)Classes in Classical Ballet

Asaf Mikhailovich Messerer (Russian, November 19, 1903 - March 7, 1992) was a Russian Jewish ballet dancer and ballet teacher. He was born in Vilinius, Lithuania. From 1919 until 1921 he trained as a dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet School under Mikhail Mordkin. He then joined the Bolshoi Theatre, where he became a successful soloist, eventually becoming their chief soloist, a post he retired from in 1954.

Today Messerer is best remembered as a choreographer and an instructor; he was both the choreographer and ballet master for the Bolshoi Theatre. His book Classes in Classical Ballet is a thorough study of proper ballet technique and is still used today.

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