Child’s Introduction to Ballet
The first children’s book by author
Laura Lee. Illustrated by Meredith Hamilton
A Child's Introduction to Ballet was
created by Laura Lee with technical assistance and advice from Valery
Lantratov, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet
foundation, who was awarded Russia's highest artistic honor by
President Boris Yeltsin-- the title "People's Artist of Russia."
We believe we have created a book that makes learning about ballet fun
for kids. (And their parents too!) Beautifully illustrated
by Meredith Hamilton, it has illustrated ballet stories, fun facts,
dancer biographies and explanations of ballet terminology and
positions. It even comes with a CD with musical selections from
the world's great ballets!
Here's a sampling of some of the fun facts you will learn with this book:
· How high can the greatest ballet dancers
leap? (Page 27)
· What famous ballet company was originally
made up of orphans? (Page 32)
· Which popular ballet was a complete FLOP
when it was first performed? (Page 37)
· Name three ballets featuring toys that come
to life. (Page 55)
· Which ballet music sounds as if it was
written for stomping giants rather than pretty ballerinas?
· Which famous ballet dancer did a duet with
Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show? (Page 81)
How much do you know about ballet? Test your knowledge with our ballet quiz.
Our special feature: This Week in Dance History
For even more ballet facts
visit Valery Lantratov's blog for interview podcasts, dance history, and stories of the dancer's travels and work teaching
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