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Ballet for Beginners.

Taking Your First Steps

Ballet dancers make grace look easy, but it takes hard work, training, and practice to glide across the stage. Ballet for Beginners can get you started by introducing basic moves and exercises, providing practice tips, and giving suggestions on how to pick the right dance class. Your teacher, the author, was a former prima ballerina--a principal dancer in a dance company--who has taught hundreds of students.

Learn the soubresaut (soo-brih-SOH), the glissade, and the saut de chat (soh-dih-SHAH), or "cat-jump", as well as many other moves. Ballet steps are called by their French names because the first ballets worthy of the name were created in the court of the kings of France, the author writes. If you forget an exercise, don't worry. Simply pick up your copy of Ballet for Beginners, flip through to the exercise, and study the photographs and easy-to-understand instructions. You'll be back in step in no time!

In between dance sessions, you can learn what the lives of real ballet dancers are like. If this sounds like the right career for you, Ballet for Beginners can get you off on the right foot.
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Publication:Children's Digest
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Date:Oct 1, 1997
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