From the graceful flutter of Princess Florine at Sleeping Beauty's wedding to the playful jetees in the first act of Giselle, the variation - or short solo work - is one of the key elements of classical ballet. Arguing that true artistry requires in-depth knowledge, former Kirov dancer and teacher Nina Danilova has worked with students for many years to focus on performing individual variations with the greatest extent of technical proficiency
and artistic sensitivity.
Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations lays out eight of the most important variations in the ballerina's repertoire. Each chapter is divided into five sections: a piano reduction of the score; a contextual note covering the history of the ballet, the plot, and memorable dancers who have performed the role; and instructions for dancing the variation itself, illustrated literally step by step.
Accompanied by a comprehensive companion website, Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations pairs Danilova's impeccable technique with her decades of pedagogical experience. Teachers will welcome this classroom-ready guide, and student dancers will leap at the chance to develop their technique and artistry by tackling these variations.
Nina Danilova is a Kirov-trained ballet dancer who holds a graduate degree in ballet pedagogy. She has worked with the award-winning Pacific Northwest Ballet, and now teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where her popular variations class provided the inspiration for this book.
Foreword ; Preface ; Acknowledgements ; Introduction by Natalia Makarova ; The Program of the Course ; Explanation of the process of teaching the new Variations Course ; How to Read Ballet Variations of Danilova's Series of Variations ; Part one Variations (1-4) ; 1. Le Talisman. Choreography after M.Petipa. From Pas de deux ; 2 Giselle. Choreography after M.Petipa from Peasant pas de deux ; 3. Paquita. Choreography after M.Petipa. 2nd Solo La Sylphide from Grand Pas ; 4. Paquita. Choreography after M.Petipa. 1st Solo Grand Fouette from Grand Pas ; Part two Variations (5-8) ; 5. Paquita. Choreography after M.Petipa 3rd Solo Chelesta from Grand Pas ; 6. Raymonda . Choreography after M.Petipa. From 1st act - Raymonda's dream. ; 7. Le Corsaire. Choreography after M.Petipa. 2nd Solo Emboite from Pas de Odalisques ; 8.(a) Sleeping Beauty . Choreography after M.Petipa. Princess Florine from Bluebird pas de deux ; 8.(b) Sleeping Beauty . Choreography after M.Petipa. Princess Florine from Bluebird pas de deux ; Ballet Terminology ; Biographies: Danilova, Models, and technical and creative assistants ; Bibliography ; Credits ; Index