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A press release from Dance Books:

Dance Books is pleased to announce publication of "Classical Ballet Terms, an illustrated dictionary" by Richard Glasstone.


SUBTITLE: An illustrated dictionary

ISBN: 1 85273 080 3


Author: Richard Glasstone

PUBLISHER: Dance Books Ltd



SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback 100 pages 238 x 165mm

2 colour cover


Wherever ballet is taught in the world, and in whatever language, it retains one common denominator: the technical terms used are in French, deriving in part from the rules laid down at the time of Louis XIV. Yet there are many discrepancies in the perceived meaning, spelling, and usage between various countries and teaching methods, and this dictionary aims to prevent confusion by explaining the precise meanings of over 560 of the French technical terms used in classical ballet.

The dictionary is unique in that it addresses the problems of correct spelling and grammar, such as the fact that French nouns have a gender with which he adjectives qualifying them must agree. These details may be relatively unimportant to the average dancer, but it is essential that they should be correctly applied when dealing with the printed word.

While most of the entries are concerned with the correct translation and basic explanation of technical terms, there are also extended entries which trace both the historical background and the linguistic origins of particular aspects of ballet terminology, such as the one on The Orientation of the Body in Space.

The dictionary is an essential reference work not only for ballet dancers and teachers, but for all audience members who wish to have a better technical understanding of this most elegant of art forms.It is enhanced by many photographs, by Simon Rae-Scott, of Michael Clarke, Francesca Franchi, and Philip Broomhead.

RICHARD GLASSTONE is a graduate of the Dance Department at Cape Town University. He has worked internationally as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Glasstone was Resident Choreographer and Principal Teacher of the Turkish State Ballet from 1965 - 1969, before being invited by Dame Ninette de Valois to join the staff of The Royal Ballet School. During his 15 years there he held the posts of Senior Teacher for Boys and Director of the Dance Composition Course; he also choreographed numerous ballets for the students, in which many noted dancers of The Royal Ballet company made their stage debuts.

Richard Glasstone now teaches at The Rambert School in London. He has written several books on ballet and has contributed articles to the International Encyclopaedia of Dance and the International Dictionary of Ballet, and writes regularly for Dance Now and the Dancing Times.

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