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A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back
by David Hallberg

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist <i>The New Yorker </i>described as “the most exciting male dancer in the western world,” presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career.<BR><BR>Beginning with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American story marred by intense bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s brave memoir dives deep into life as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the limits of his body, and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment as one of the world’s most acclaimed ballet dancers.<BR> <BR>While rich in detail ballet fans will adore, this is a book that anyone interested in a life of creativity will love. Hallberg reflects on themes like inspiration, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily class, rigorous rehearsals, and triumphant performances, searching for new interpretations of ballet’s greatest roles. He reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager leaving America to join the Paris Opera Ballet, the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons behind his headline-grabbing decision to be the first American to join the top rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by the artistic director who would later be the victim of a vicious acid attack. Then, as Hallberg performed throughout the world at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a crippling ankle injury and unsuccessful surgery leading to an agonizing retreat from ballet and an honest reexamination of his entire life.<BR> <BR>Combining his powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight, Hallberg has written a great ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion, and wisdom.
Practical Curiosity: The Guide to Life, Love & Travel
by Alex Berger

Language

English

Pages

203

Publication Date

November 06, 2017

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Like Dim Sum for the curious mind. <br /><br />Practical Curiosity delivers a collection of easily consumable insights into what it means to be a well rounded, curious and passionate individual. From carefully crafted professional advice to altering how you engage with your peers, Practical Curiosity is passionate, and unlike any other inspirational book you’ve read.<br /><br />Alex Berger combines a series of grounded thought exercises with comical and insightful life advice drawn from first-hand experiences and tailored directly to explaining many of the key challenges that arise in the lives of driven individuals. <br /><br />This is the perfect read for polymaths with a thirst for knowledge or if you’ve been attracted by the ideal of being a renaissance man or woman and often struggle with the complexities that result from being a highly driven generalist.<br /><br />In Practical Curiosity, you will gain new ways of exploring and relating to key parts of a life well lived. At the same time, you will gain tools and strategies for explaining topics you’ve long struggled to communicate with friends, loved ones, and colleagues.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
by Misty Copeland

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

March 04, 2014

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Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina.<BR><BR>In this instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers . A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.<BR> <BR>With an insider’s passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” (<i>The Washington Post</i>) as her dancing, <i>Life in Motion</i> is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
PEOPLE 25 Seasons of Dancing With The Stars
by The Editors of PEOPLE

Language

English

Pages

96

Publication Date

September 15, 2017

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<b>All the glitter, all the glamour, all the moves!</b><br /><br />Go onto the floor, behind the curtain and to the judge’s table of America’s favorite dance competition in this new collector’s edition from <i>People</i>. Now in its 25th season, <i>Dancing with the Stars</i> continues to dazzle viewers with sequins and feathers, tear-jerking backstories and, of course, the moves. Fans will thrill to this fun-filled keepsake of the show, packed with exclusive interviews with the pros and the models, TV icons, boy-band members and athletes that are their partners, as well as the judges, behind-the-mirrorball drama, shocking moments and scandalous costumes—plus Maks and Peta’s wedding and more DWTS love. Bonus: Bruno-isms! Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the show’s landmark 25th season with dozens of dazzling photographs and compelling stories, all gathered together in <i>PEOPLE 25 Seasons of Dancing with the Stars</i>.
The Little Handbalancing Book
by Nicolo Kehrwald

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English

Pages

168

Publication Date

April 25, 2017

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<p>Nicolo Kehrwald, a professional circus artist, introduces you to the world of handbalancing. With insightful descriptions, beautiful color photographs, and unique drills, this book is the first of its kind. Whether you are hoping to learn to balance a handstand, or want to explore shapes in the one-arm handstand, this book will help you do it.</p><br /><br /><p>Kehrwald has trained with the masters of handbalancing, including Yury Bozyan in Canada, Claude Victoria in France, and Bileg Batmonkh and Tumurbaatar Bud in Mongolia. Now, he shares the secrets of handbalancing with you.</p><br /><br /><p>In <i>The Little Handbalancing Book</i>,you will learn</p><br /><br /><ul><br /><li>The basics of handbalancing, including proper alignment and methods for training the straight handstand, techniques for successfully balancing inverted, instruction on foundational positions such as the tuck, the straddle, the crocodile, and the L-sit;</li><br /><li>Intermediate and advanced techniques, including pressing up to handstand, flag positions, planche, hollow-back, one-arm handstands, and more;</li><br /><li>Training programs to help develop your skill;</li><br /><li>Maintenance exercises, including stretching, warming up, conditioning, and cross-training; and</li><br /><li>Advice on how to train successfully over the long term, both in terms of physical achievement and emotional/mental health and enjoyment.</li><br /></ul><br /><br /><p>Kehrwald explains each new move in simple terms and includes full color photographs to help you perfect your form. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn a new skill or an expert pushing to the next level, Kehrwald?s book will help you train, learn, and grow.</p>
Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion
by Derek Hough

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

August 05, 2014

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<p>Derek Hough, the dashing Emmy Award-winning fan favorite, and only five-time champion of the hit ABC reality show <em>Dancing With the Stars</em>, tells the inspiring story of his life and career, and shares insider tips of how he transforms his celebrity dance partners into confident, charismatic champions.</p><p>For eleven seasons, millions of people have tuned in to <em>Dancing with the Stars</em> to watch Derek Hough, the talented, consummate competitor whose skill and commitment have made him the show’s all-time champion. Whether he’s dancing with an Olympic gold medalist, an internationally renowned recording star, or a celebrated actress, Derek instills in each of his celebrity partners a deep passion, respect for hard work, and an irrepressible joie de vie spirit.</p><p>Now, for the first time ever, Derek opens up about his life and the lessons he’s learned on and off the dance floor, revealing how he went from bullied boy to ballroom boss. He details how his experiences have taught him to embrace a positive outlook, and shares the insights he’s gained working with celebrity partners, along with never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories from the show.</p><p>Throughout, Derek spills the real secrets of learning to dance—connection, respect, and cooperative commitment—and demonstrates how he draws on the lessons of dance and competition to embrace and overcome the daily challenges we all face.</p>
Pilates-2nd Edition
by Rael Isacowitz

Language

English

Pages

392

Publication Date

March 21, 2014

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The most acclaimed, comprehensive guide on Pilates is now updated, expanded, and better than ever!<br /><br />In this second edition, world-renowned Pilates expert Rael Isacowitz shows you the same repertoire that he has used to train multiple Olympians as well as an elite group of professional instructors who work with celebrities and athletes around the world.<br /><br />Starting with the foundation for all the exercises, Pilates presents an in-depth treatment of mat work, including photos, imagery cues, and detailed instruction on breathing to help you perform the movements correctly. The mat work in this edition is organized according to a mat-specific version of the comprehensive BASI Block System used for the apparatus work. This arrangement enhances understanding of the expansive repertoire and provides the tools for creating personalized mat routines. A unique set of challenging exercise sequences is offered to facilitate performing the movements in one continuous, flowing motion.<br /><br />After the mat work, where most books stop entirely, Pilates goes on to apply the same depth of instruction and photos to the full range of Pilates apparatus:<br /><br />• Reformer<br />• Cadillac<br />• Wunda chair<br />• Step and ladder barrels<br />• Ped-a-pul<br />• Arm chair<br />• Magic circle<br /><br />The complete repertoire includes a purposeful grouping of exercises into blocks that work all regions of the body and progress from the fundamental level through the intermediate and advanced levels to challenge you at all stages of Pilates development.<br /><br />With more than 200 exercises and more than 50 variations, Pilates is the most comprehensive guide available on the method. As a contemporary approach to the work of Joseph Pilates, this is the one book you need in order to improve your balance, concentration, coordination, posture, muscle tone, core strength, and flexibility—in short, your well-being.
Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era
by , Janine Parker

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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As a charter member of Boston Ballet and its predecessor, New England Civic Ballet, Laura Young has been affiliated with the company longer than any other dancer in its history. This book is both a memoir of her personal journey and a fascinating account of Boston Ballet’s rise from a regional troupe to the internationally recognized company that it is today. It is interspersed with ruminations on the history of ballet, stories from the company’s Balanchine-influenced early years under founder E. Virginia Williams, and recollections from noteworthy tours, including those featuring the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, with whom Young was frequently paired. After retiring from the stage, Young has continued her affiliation with Boston Ballet, both as an administrator and a teacher. Working in collaboration with Janine Parker, Young has written a lively, informed, and entertaining memoir.
Ballroom Dancing for Singles
by Christine Burdick

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English

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Publication Date

November 18, 2017

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This book is designed to help singles navigate the world of Ballroom dancing. It is not designed to teach you how to dance.
Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet (Dover Books ...
by Gail Grant

Language

English

Pages

176

Publication Date

April 30, 2012

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<P>"Miss Grant has made more information available in one book than we have ever had before. Teacher's organizations would do well to consider the use of Miss Grant's <I>Technical Manual</I> as an official textbook." — <I>Dance Magazine</I><BR>Teacher recommended, Gail Grant's <I>Technical Manual</I> has long been one of the most popular and effective ballet reference guides. Completely revised and updated, this third edition is virtually a new work and should be owned by every student, dance teacher, choreographer, and ballet enthusiast — even those who purchased the second edition. Extensive revision, expansion, and the inclusion of more than 300 new terms have added immeasurably to the value of this concise, definitive manual.<BR>Moving from "abstract ballet" and "adage, adagio" to "working leg" and "wrapped position," the book fully describes and defines over 1,100 ballet steps (<I>saul de chat</I>, <I>jeté enveloppé</I>, <I>failli</I>, <I>entrechat six</I>, etc.), movements and poses (<I>arabesque</I>, <I>épaulement</I>, <I>attitude</I>, <I>en arrière</I>, <I>retiré</I>, <I>à terre</I>, <I>dégagé</I>, etc.), and other expressions and concepts. For each, first a phonetic transcription is provided, then a literal translation, and finally an explanation of how the step is performed, the pose captured, or the movement executed, of how the concept fits in with actual ballet dancing, or of the purpose or function of the idea. A pronunciation guide, cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions that vary from the Russian to the French or Italian schools, and a bibliography are all invaluable aids.<BR>But the most important supplement is the 15-page pictorial section, drawn by the author, who is both a successful ballet teacher and dancer. Keyed to the dictionary (and vice-versa), these diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many of the more common ballet steps and movements. This essential and easy reference is a must for every teacher, aspiring dancer, and ballet class.</P>

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