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Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terms

Ryman's Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terms is an invaluable new reference to the contemporary classical ballet terminology in use today by ballet teachers, choreographers and students the world over. Author Rhonda Ryman's survey of the dance literature spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Enrico Cecchetti's personal, handwirtten Manual, dated 1894. Ryman studied the extensive notation scores of various ballet syllabi enabling a detailed comparison of the structure of each ballet movement. Consultations with teachers and dance practitioners from across the world added significantly to updating her database--positioning this Dictionary in a contemporary time frame.