Guest Ed Waffle Posted March 30, 1999 Report Share Posted March 30, 1999 On another thread Alexandra suggested that more of us take part in the ballet quiz that is posted each Monday on this board. So I checked it out and once again did not submit an entry--the competition is formidable. I was able to answer 4 of the questions with a glance at the ballet reference books acquired haphazardly over the years, which made my realize that I really need a decent reference on dance. I have some collections of reviews, the usual synopsis and analysis of standard and less standard works, a few excellent books which define the actual movement of ballet, a few relatively sketchy general reference works. What I am looking for is the equivalent of the "Grove Dictionary of Opera." This is a four volume, 5000 page work. Unwieldy and expensive, but something that I wonder how I ever did without. There must be the same type of work for ballet--and I am hoping there is a shorter, edited version of it--the type of thing that would allow one to answer all the questions in the current quiz on Anthony Tudor, for example. So the question is--what is the basic, standard reference work in English on ballet, is there a good one volume version of it, and is generally available? Quote Link to comment
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