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Books: The Teaching of Classical Ballet


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This book was mentioned as recommended reading in another book I just finished and I was intrigued by the title.

 

It was published in 1973, was written by Joan Lawson, and is currently out of print. I was lucky enough to find a used one for only $19 on line.

 

This book takes a very candid look at young bodies and how to train them. It focuses mostly on placement and posture. There are sections regarding hyper-extension, knock knees, and swayed backs with information to help correct such items.

 

While parts of the book made me chuckle, it was insightful and I would certainly recommend it if you can find a copy.

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Thank you ToThePointe. We are always happy to hear impressions of good reference books for teaching. :)

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