On Technique

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-21
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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Insights from artists at the top of their game "Here is a book that tells it like it is, a book that everyone can learn from."--Rasta Thomas, director, Bad Boys of Dance "Right at my fingertips, helpful, firsthand advice from some of the greatest dance teachers in the world. This book is full of essential information for students, teachers, scholars, and directors at every level."--Rick McCullough, Florida State University "An interesting and unique book that shows both commonalities and divergent opinions that guide all ballet teaching professionals."--John White Jr., author ofAdvanced Principles in Teaching Classical Ballet "What a wonderful adventure to open a book and read about so many of the worldrs"s finest dance luminaries. Thank you for giving us such a marvelous opportunity to learn about these wonderful dancers and their teaching techniques."--Lauren Jones, artistic director, Diablo Ballet On Techniqueprovides a fascinating look into the careers and teaching philosophies of eighteen of the worldrs"s most respected ballet masters, principals, and artistic directors. Author Dean Speer sat down with prominent ballet pedagogues and asked each a standard set of questions, including "What do we mean when we say someone has beautiful technique?" and "How did you become a dancer?" Featuring such artists as Peter Boal (artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet) and Bene Arnold (first ballet mistress of the San Francisco Ballet), this volume offers fascinating insights into the nature of both performance and artistic instruction. Speer's approach reveals sometimes surprising convergences among these world-class talents, despite their varying pedagogical backgrounds and divisions.

Author Biography

Dean Speer is the founding director of the Chehalis (Washington) Ballet Center, former artistic director of the Chattanooga Ballet, and regular contributor to Ballet-Dance Magazine.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
A Note about the Use of Ballet Termsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Creditsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Ballet West and University of Utahp. 1
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlop. 12
San Francisco Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre Schoolp. 22
New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Balletp. 29
Royal Ballet of London, and a Mime in Parisp. 35
Fort Wayne Balletp. 46
New York City Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre Schoolp. 56
American Ballet Theatrep. 64
Master ballet teacherp. 77
American Ballet Theatre and the Juilliard Schoolp. 88
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Schoolp. 95
Ballet San Josep. 102
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlop. 110
New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Balletp. 117
Düsseldorf Opera Balletp. 128
London Festival Ballet and freelance teacher, Victoria, B.C.p. 149
Repertory Dancers Northwest and freelance teacher Seattlep. 162
New York City Ballet and Oakland Balletp. 183
Word Teaching Phrases of Peter Boalp. 191
Biographical Sketch of Yvonne Cartierp. 195
Historical Note on Ethel Meglinp. 197
Indexp. 199
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