Classes in Classical Ballet

Classes in Classical Ballet

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A teaching manual from the founder of the Bolshoi school of Ballet, contains instructions for six advanced classes of ballet.

Hal Leonard
(Limelight). A companion guide to one of the bestselling Limelight Edition titles, this book by Asaf Messerer, a founder of what has become known as the Bolshoi School, is one of the most celebrated manuals of classic dance instruction in the world. Messerer has gained an international reputation for his classes in classical technique-models of invention and well-rounded exercise, stressing both precision and fluid artistic control. Nearly 500 photographs of principal Bolshoi dancers illustrate the positions and steps indicated, and an introductory section by Messerer outlines his basic plan and philosophy of teaching.

Book News
Asaf Messerer helped found the Bolshoi school of Ballet. This manual for instructors, originally published in 1972, comprises plans for six distinct and complete classes that vary technical emphasis to the benefit of the dancer's skill and well-roundedness. Each class begins with barre exercises and concludes with exercises for the center, and some b&w photographs demonstrate techniques. Additional material includes a reflection on classes by the author, a biographical sketch of Messerer by Ella Bocharnikova, photographs from the Bolshoi, and a complete list of the author's credits. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Limelight Editions, 2007
ISBN: 9780879103446
Branch Call Number: 792.82 MES
Characteristics: 494 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bocharnikova, Ėlla
Golubkova, E. M.


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