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6.1.5. Ballet and Modern Dance Reference


This article is from the Ballet and Modern Dance FAQ, by Tom Parsons twp@panix.com with numerous contributions by others.

6.1.5. Ballet and Modern Dance Reference

Balanchine, George, and Francis Mason. "101 Stories of the Great Ballets",
edited by Francis Mason. Garden City, N. Y.: Anchor/Doubleday, 1989.
Exactly what its title says.

Baril, Jacques. "Dictionnaire de danse". Paris, Editions du Seuil, 1964.
ISBN not known, out of print. A small dictionary divided into 3
sections: technique, dancers, and ballets.

Bourcier, Paul: "Histoire de la danse en Occident". 2 volumes. Paris,
Editions du Seuil, 1994, ISBN 2-02-023516-1, 2-02-022868-8 and 2-02-
023512-9 (???). Lots of pictures.

Brown, Ann Kipling and Monica Parker. "Dance Notation for Beginners".
London: Dance Books, 1984, ISBN 0-903102-71-4. Covers both
Labanotation and the Benesh Notation.

Chujoy, Anatole, and P. W. Manchester. "Dance Encyclopedia". New York:
Simon & Schuster, 1978. Huge and encyclopedic, a first-rate reference;
unfortunately now out of print.

Getz, Leslie. "Dancers and Choreographers: A Selected Bibliography",
Moyer Bell, 1995, ISBN 1-55921-109-1 . Getz edits "Attitudes and
Arabesques," an excellent bibliography/index--this should be as good.

Grant, Gail. "Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet". New
York: Dover Books, 1982, ISBN 0-486-21843-0. Describes just about
every step in minute detail; the descriptions are in balletic
terminology and require more than a beginner's knowledge of ballet.
Highly recommended for advanced students.

Guest, Ann Hutchinson. "Dance Notation". New York: Dance Horizons,
1982, ISBN not known. An exhaustive history of dance notation from the
15th century to the present, with numerous examples.

Hager, Bengt. "Les Ballets Su'edois". Paris, J. Damase, Deno"el, 1989,
ISBN: 2-207-23627-7. A big nice book with many pictures of sets and
costumes, excerpts of reviews, etc.

Jonas, Gerald. "Dancing". Harry N. Abrams, 1992, ISBN 0-8109-3212-1.
"Companion text" to PBS series, but much better than that implies!

Kersley, Leo, and Janet Sinclair. "A Dictionary of Ballet Terms". 2nd
ed. London: Adam & Charles Black, 1964. Reprint. Da Capo Press,
1979, ISBN 0-306-80094-2. Illustrated with attractive line drawings;
more helpful to a beginner than Grant. Definitions of steps are
accompanied, where possible, by citations of ballets in which they
may be seen. Discusses "arqu'e" and "jarret'e".

Kirstein, Lincoln, Muriel Stuart and Carlus Dyer, "The Classic Ballet".
Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. No ISBN. Another essential reference for
looking up steps, positions, etc., alongside Vaganova and Gail Grant.
It's by far the nicest looking book of the three with the most detailed
illustrations. (Note from Tim Victor.)

Koegler, Horst. "Oxford Concise Dictionary of Ballet". Oxford University
Press, 1977, second edition, ISBN 0-19-311330-9, out of print. Very
nice source for performance dates, original casts, brief descriptions
(not a technique dictionary), not exclusively ballet.

Mara, Thalia. "The Language of Ballet". Princeton: Princeton Book Company,
ISBN 0-87127-037-4. Definitions of common ballet terms. Prepared in
cooperation with the National Academy of Ballet.

Reyna, Ferdinando. Dictionnaire des ballets. Paris: Larousse, 1967,
ISBN not known. A rather complete little book about dance history
(but maybe focusing a bit too much on French dance), with an inter-
esting index of ballets and many photographs and drawings. English
translation: "Concise Encyclopedia of Ballet". Chicago: Follett
Publishing Company, 1974, ISBN 0-695-80470-7. May be out of print.

Robertson, Allen, and Donald Hutera. "The Dance Handbook". Boston, G. K.
Hall & Co., 1988. ISBN 0-8161-9095-X. A handy dictionary of dance and
dancers, arranged by categories.

Ryman, Rhonda. "Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terminology." Hightstown,
N. J.: Princeton Book Company, 1997, ISBN 0-9524848-0-3. Based on the
practice of the Royal Academy of Dancing.

Terry, Walter. "Ballet Companion". New York: Dodd, Mead, 1968.


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