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Ballet school
Jessel, Camilla.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 2000.

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Looks at a typical year in the daily lives, studies, and training of students at England's Royal Ballet School.
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Clearfield Library GV1589.4 .J47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
East Aurora Library GV1589.4 .J47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Elma Library GV1589.4 .J47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library GV1589.4 .J47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize
Audubon Library GV1589.4 .J47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From auditions through daily classes to rehearsals and performances, renowned dance photographer Camilla Jessel gives young readers an intimate glimpse inside life at England's Royal Ballet School. Illustrated with several full-color photos on each spread, Ballet School describes the daily routine of classes and exercises, and the repetition and hard work of training. It also provides a history of ballet and its most famous choreographers. Photographed inside the school itself, the book will enthrall readers with its depiction of what it takes to become one of the world's greatest dancers.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. This large-format book takes readers behind the scenes to visit England's Royal Ballet School. Pupils at the school study traditional academics and athletics, as well as art, music, drama, and ballet. Through the excellent full-color photos and accompanying text, readers will gain a realistic sense of the daily work and dedication that enables promising young students to grow into fine dancers. Though few American children may aspire to study at the Royal Ballet School, the many who dream of dancing on stage someday will find this an enticing look at dancers in the making. An attractive addition to larger ballet collections. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-This attractive, lavishly illustrated volume presents life at England's Royal Ballet School, from auditions to classes to summer performances. The focus is on dance; there are only two pages on academics and pupils' recreation, and nothing about the boarding-school environment. Though ballet lovers will be fascinated by both the text and full-color photos, this offering gives just enough information to whet their appetites-much more is left unsaid. The book is not well organized, and a two-page spread on the history of dance is ludicrously abbreviated and unnecessary. In the end, Ballet School is a curiosity. It doesn't introduce readers to dance technique, like Darcey Bussell's The Young Dancer (DK, 1994). Nor does it cover the history of the art form and famous ballets, choreographers, and dancers, like Kate Castle's Ballet (Kingfisher 1996). Jessel's Life at the Royal Ballet School (Methuen, 1979) is a far more thorough and satisfying treatment, even though it is less visually appealing than this new title.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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