Ballet Beyond Tradition
Routledge – 2005 – 200 pages
For nearly a century, the training of ballet and modern dancers has followed two divergent paths. Modern practitioners felt ballet was artificial and injurious to the body; ballet teachers felt that modern dancers lacked the rigorous discipline and control that comes only from years of progressive training.
Ballet Beyond Tradition seeks to reconcile these age-old conflicts and bring a new awareness to ballet teachers of the importance of a holistic training regimen that draws on the best that modern dance and movement-studies offers.
'There are many ballet teachers who are revisiting the classical vocabulary in light of other movement techniques…yoga, martial arts, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals…I applaud [this book's effort to enlighten ballet teachers into realizing that basic movement principles and attention to developmental aspects of teaching are important.' - Melanie Bales, Ohio State University
'Anna Paskevska's fascinating and informative book explores and develops balletic tradition, technique and vocabulary…full of sound advice both technical and aesthetic.' - Frank Freeman, Dancing Times
Anna Paskevska is the author of one of the best-regarded books on kinesiology and dance, Both Sides of the Mirror, first published in 1982, and issued in a 2nd edition in 1992. She also is the author of Ballet: From the First Plié to Mastery, a syllabus for ballet teaching (Routledge, 2002). She is past Chair of the Dance Department at the Chicago Academy of Arts.