When I first purchased this book I thought that it would be something fun to share with my students. I collect all things related to dance, knicknacks, posters, DVDs…hence books. When I stumbled upon the eBook online I thought at the very most that it would be a nice addition to my collection of souvenirs. I am a dance teacher and volunteer with work at a dance competition and I am always looking for things about the ‘world of dance’, I just love anything to do with dancing. I am a very big fan of So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. I can’t wait for them to start again.
So when I actually had the opportunity to read the Ballet Bible I was presently surprised! It surpassed my expectations (which hadn’t been very high considering the sales pitch). I had actually found a true gem, an eBook about ballet with solid, valid teaching techniques. The book has over 200 pages of VALID information – SURPRISE! SURPRISE!
Many of the students I teach are heavily into dance competitions such as American Dance Awards, Starpower, Headliners and all the other big ones that I’m sure many of you are aware of. So they are not always interested in how to become a ballerina, but I always try to engrain in them during their dance training that it isn’t about how to become a prima ballerina that is important. It is the solid foundations of ballet training that support everything and anything they do related to dance. Ballet training is what truly separates the great dancers from the weak or mediocre. So they roll their eyes at me after one of my lectures and begrudgingly trek upstairs to the ballet room. Well there is one problem – finances. It is true that not all of my students can afford the extra classes that we offer at our school and of course fall short in their training. I must admit, although it is unfortunate, that these particular students don’t always do as well when it comes time for dance competition season. Such a shame.
Well now we have – The Ballet Bible! Although you cannot of course compare this to an actual class it is a great study guide for those who want to put in some extra hours at home. If you can only afford one class a week but want to read up on some tips for improving your dance competition game or honestly improve your ballet technique as a whole, this is a great purchase.
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