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Beginning Ballet Ebook With HKPropel Access

Beginning Ballet Ebook With HKPropel Access

$32.00 USD


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    Beginning Ballet With HKPropel Access introduces students to the study of ballet as a performing art and provides instructional support in learning foundational ballet technique. It is ideal for students enrolled in a beginning ballet class at the college, university, or high school level. 

    The book features more than 80 photos and concise descriptions covering basic foot and arm positions, barre exercises, and centre combinations. Beginning Ballet introduces students to the structure of a ballet class, including expectations, etiquette, and attire. Students also learn how to prepare for class, maintain proper nutrition and hydration, and avoid injury.

    This text outlines the unique history of ballet from its beginnings in the Renaissance to the 21st century and discusses the styles, aesthetics, artists, and significant works that have shaped ballet as a performing art.

    In addition, related online learning tools present more than 70 instructional video clips and 50 photos to help students learn and practice ballet. It also includes audio clips of ballet terms with pronunciation in French, assignments, and an interactive quiz covering ballet vocabulary, definitions, and translation to and from the French language. 

    Ballet class provides the foundation for learning the dance form, and Beginning Ballet supports that learning through visual, verbal, and interactive instructional tools. Beginning Ballet text and online tools help bring the grace, artistry, and mental and physical benefits of ballet to students. 

    Beginning Ballet is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series includes resources for ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and hip-hop dance that support introductory dance technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text has related online learning tools including video clips of dance instruction, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a collection of guides to learning, performing, and viewing dance.

    A code for accessing HKPropel is included with this ebook.


    Textbook for undergraduate beginning ballet students in dance, fine arts, physical education, and general education programs. Textbook for advanced high school dance programs.

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Ballet

    Benefits of Studying Ballet

    Ballet in Academic Settings

    Ballet in Community Settings

    Basics of Ballet Class

    Expectations and Etiquette for Students

    Structure of Ballet Class

    Challenges of Learning and Performing Ballet


    Chapter 2. Preparing for Class

    Dressing for Class

    Foot Care and Personal Hygiene

    Carrying Dance Gear

    Selecting and Fitting Ballet Slippers

    Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically


    Chapter 3. Safety and Health

    Studio Safety

    Personal Safety

    Basic Anatomy and Kinesiology

    Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries

    Understanding Dance Fitness

    Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest


    Chapter 4. Learning and Performing Ballet Technique

    Languages of Ballet

    Learning Ballet Movements

    Learning Ballet Technique

    Understanding Musicality

    Understanding Artistry

    Applying Aesthetic Principles to Ballet

    Preparing for Class Performance Testing


    Chapter 5. Basics of Ballet Technique

    Positions of the Feet

    Positions of the Arms and Port de Bras

    Movement Principles for Ballet Directions of the Body

    Directions of the Feet

    Types of Barre Combinations

    Types of Center Combinations


    Chapter 6. At the Barre

    Standing at the Barre

    Pre-Barre Exercises

    Barre Exercises


    Chapter 7. In the Center

    Rules and Protocols

    Center Barre

    Port de Bras


    Introduction and Transition Steps




    Chapter 8. History of Ballet

    Beginnings of Ballet

    Ballet Moves From the Court to the Theater

    A Century of Contrast: Romanticism to Classicism

    Ballet in the United States Before 1900

    Ballet in the Twentieth Century

    International Perspectives in the Twentieth Century

    Viewing Ballet Performances

    Distinguishing Types and Styles of Ballet


    Gayle Kassing, PhD, taught beginning ballet through advanced ballet for more than 25 years at four universities. Kassing earned a BFA in ballet and theater, an MS in modern dance, a PhD in dance and related arts, and an MAT in K-12 curriculum integrated with technology. She was the 2010 National Dance Association (NDA) Artist Scholar. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She is the author of History of Dance and coauthor of Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique. Kassing is an acquisitions editor at Human Kinetics.

    “What is most welcome about Beginning Ballet is the multidisciplines represented—dance medicine and science, dance education, and dance history. This, combined with the preparation-for-class information (foot care, dance gear, selecting and fitting shoes, mental preparation) and technique instruction (positions of the arms and feet, barre and center combinations, center barre, port de bras, adagio and allegro), makes it a valuable text for students.”

    Gigi Berardi-- Midwest Book Review

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