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Are there any other books like Ballet Technique for the Male Dancer by Nicholai Ivanovitch Tarasov? Or is it the only one of its kind?

 

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To my knowledge this is a one of a kind book! There is a book written specifically on partnering by N. Serebrennikov that discuss various issues related only to the male but as far as an actual method for training the male...only Tarasov. BTW, this book can also be used to discuss the training of the female with variations on the softness of the port de bras, arm movements, hands and heads. Basically the Tarasov program is a more clearly written version of the Vaganova syllabus from the male stand point. Also there are is a more in depth analysis of male grand allegro movements that are mentioned in Vaganova and Kostrovitskaya.

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A copy of this book is available from Powell's Booksright now for $100. It's a better deal than the $125 or so that it has been running recently and I'd like to get it for my son's main teacher, but it's still a bit too spendy.

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Mel Johnson

And, as much on the used and rare book market is, that price can go up and down, depending on the dealer. I've seen copies offered from $25 to $450. Take your time, and a copy may come up somewhere on the market within the reachable range.

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Mel Johnson

Let me explain a little about the "used and rare" market. Even in today's "wired" world, with information everywhere about what to charge for an "old book", not every dealer follows the herd. Some vastly overvalue their stock, or just portions of it. Sometimes, specialist sellers will low-ball a price just because they deal in cookbooks, and this one is about ballet! Some will offer a low price because they need a "loss-leader", just as at the supermarket. Buy one thing, and maybe you'll buy another. But the best ones are those innocent souls who just don't know what they have and just want to sell it! Bless their hearts! :grinning:

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I already have a copy of the Tarasov book, which I obtained a year and a half ago for about $20. I've been actively searching for another copy ever since at a comparable price. The demand for the book has gone up in the past year or so, and, in general, the prices have risen accordingly. For example, Powell's, one of the biggest privately owned bookstores in the country, used to sell it for much less as little as six month's ago. I have also found it elsewhere below $50 twice in the past few months, but they're sold by the time I've contacted the seller. I mentioned the copy at Powells because it is the only other one available in that price range outside of the one at Amazon. I've noticed that they're selling at that price in about a month. It's the $120 and up copies that tend to sit for awhile, waiting for buyers.

 

The situation is similar to obtaining Nancy Reynolds' Repertory in Review, which is becoming more and more difficult to obtain at $25 or less, though it can still be found for around $50 with a couple month's patience and regular daily searching. Otherwise, buyers that aren't willing to wait long or willing to do regular searching are paying $75 and up.

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silvergreydancer

Ballet Technique for the Male Dancer by Nicholai Ivanovitch Tarasov

I just rescently bought this book from Amazon for $25. (no dust jacket) Amazon list books from a number of sellers. So, Keep looking!

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yes, I have been keeping my eye out for this book (a good condition one though so the prices have been high for me ).....an excellent book! :unsure:

have not seen something of the same type and in-depth discussion as Tarasov however.

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choreo, I would be most happy to have an in depth discussion of Tarasov, but there are not too many online who had worked with him. My knowledge of his work, outside of the book, is from former students of his, one being my late-husband, who worked with him for 6 years, privately, as a student, as a teacher and at GITIS. I, personally, have no first hand knowledge of his work. I have great stories to tell, from my late-husband, but nothing directly. I am always hopeful to learn more though! :unsure:

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yes, I have been keeping my eye out for this book (a good condition one though so the prices have been high for me ).....an excellent book! :)

have not seen something of the same type and in-depth discussion as Tarasov however.

 

Sounds interesting but it is selling for high prices at the moment a scour of the local used books stores might make be a good place to check out before looking at some of those high prices.

If the demand for these types of books is relatively high do the publishers ever put them back into print?

 

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I already have a copy of the Tarasov book, which I obtained a year and a half ago for about $20. I've been actively searching for another copy ever since at a comparable price. The demand for the book has gone up in the past year or so, and, in general, the prices have risen accordingly. For example, Powell's, one of the biggest privately owned bookstores in the country, used to sell it for much less as little as six month's ago. I have also found it elsewhere below $50 twice in the past few months, but they're sold by the time I've contacted the seller. I mentioned the copy at Powells because it is the only other one available in that price range outside of the one at Amazon. I've noticed that they're selling at that price in about a month. It's the $120 and up copies that tend to sit for awhile, waiting for buyers.

It is now on Amazon for $175.00 and on Bookfinder.com for $160 pretty steep!

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