This title follows the updated International Examination Syllabus by illustrating a selection of exercises for pre-primary through grade five students taught at the Royal Academy of Dancing. Professional preparation is also discussed. Unfortunately, the illustrated instruction assumes a high level of knowledge and instructional assistance for comprehension, and access to the glossary is restricted by its awkward placement on page 14, between "How To Tie the Ribbons" and "Taking an Examination." Of greatest interest is the section that tracks a day in the life of two ballet students and provides eight short autobiographies of international dancers. For instructional purposes, the format is simply outmoded, as many dance guides are now on videocassette, including the Royal Academy's own 1991 videocassette, Grades Examinations Syllabus for Girls and Boys. For comprehensive dance collections only.-Irene Herold, Monmouth Coll. Lib., Ill. Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.
Follows the updated International Examination Syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dancing in providing instruction for ballet, and shows what a typical dancer's day is likeReview by Publisher Summary 2
Seven lessons follow a young dancer's development, from basic positions and postures to more advanced levels.