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Footnotes : dancing the world's best-loved ballets
Augustyn, Frank.
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Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 2001.
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96 pages ; 27 cm
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Includes index.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.2 3.0 51776.
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GV1787.5 .A94 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV1787.5 .A94 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A behind-the-scenes look at seven classic ballets -- La Sylphide, Giselle, Copelia, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. From ballet's beginnings in the royal courts of seventeenth-century France to contemporary dancers, instructors, choreographers, costume designers and make-up artists. Includes anecdotes about ballet's greatest stars -- including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margot Fonteyn, and Paloma Herrera."

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Many books for young people discuss individual ballets, but few give readers the sense of the dancer's point of view. This one, written by Augustyn, former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of Canada, and veteran nonfiction writer Tanaka, is different. Using the framework of seven major ballets--among them, La Sylphide, Giselle, and Romeo and Juliet--it considers matters such as the role of the male dancer, the physical demands of ballet (including the pain associated with dancing on pointe), and the challenges of partnering. It also relates many backstage stories. One, which recalls that exhausted ballerina Karen Kain fell asleep on the stage during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, adds a new dimension to The Sleeping Beauty. Fine photographs, most in color, add enormously to the book's appeal. A well-crafted, readable volume, sure to entertain and enlighten ballet students and others who enjoy watching dance. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Based on a television series, Footnotes uses seven classical ballets as a jumping-off point to talk about the evolution of this unique art form, partnering, dancer as actor, training, costumes, choreography, and some of the world's most well-known performers. Each chapter includes the plot summary of a ballet and photos of productions in the U.S., Canada, or Europe. While a few sections end a bit abruptly, the authors share some delicious inside anecdotes, such as the time ballerina Karen Kain fell asleep on stage waiting for her prince in Sleeping Beauty. The tone is chatty and informal, and fascinating archival and contemporary black-and-white and full-color photographs are aptly chosen and well placed. A well-organized, handsomely designed volume.-Amy Kellman, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.