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A Young Ballet Lover's Guide and An Insight into A Magical World
Lisa Miles - All books by this author

This enchantingly beautiful book is the perfect reference volume for children who love ballet. Featuring stunning full-color photos from The Royal Ballet’s own collections and informative, fact-filled entries, it covers all things dance! Inside, young readers will be captivated by:

  • A history of ballet through the centuries
  • An overview of basic ballet steps, music, and choreography
  • A look inside The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School
  • Details about shoes, tutus, accessories, costumes, and more

Most intriguing to passionate young lovers of dance will be the exploration of a day in the life of a professional ballet dancer, images of beloved performers such as Margot Fonteyn, Darcey Bussell, and Carlos Acosta, detailed close-ups of costumes, and photos from iconic performances of The Royal Ballet. More than 160 color and black & white images throughout. (Ages 8 and up)

From the Reviews:
“Once in a while, a book comes along that not only meets the need of the readers, but does so with care, artistry and a true sense of who the reader is. The book published in collaboration with the Royal Ballet of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, is such a book. ‘Ballet Spectacular’ is literary perfection. Miles' passion and expertise for the subject comes across in her writing, as does her knowledge of how to write for a juvenile audience. She writes at a level that informs but does not condescend. She incorporates quirky facts into the history of ballet and includes behind-the­ scenes facts that give readers an insider's glimpse into a world that is so much more than tutus and plies. Perhaps the finest quality about this book is that it provides the reader with a 360-degree view of ballet. Share this book with any fan of dance.”
Asheville Citizen-Times

“The logo of the Royal Ballet on the jacket adds a regal touch to this large, colorful, handsomely produced volume. Ballet-minded readers will enjoy many of the photos, facts, and first-person narratives here.”

“This beautiful book, filled with fun facts about ballet and its history, spotlights The Royal Ballet and many of its stars. Your students won’t be able to resist its glossy, full-page photographs or its behind-the-scenes glimpse of ballet.”
Dance Teacher Magazine

“This informative and beautiful book is the perfect reference volume for children who love ballet. Featuring more than 160 stunning color and black-and-white photographs from The Royal Ballet, this masterpiece covers all things ballet. Included are a history of ballet; an overview of basic ballet steps, music, and choreography; a look at The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School; information about shoes, costumes, and theatres; stories of some of The Royal Ballet’s classical and modern repertory, like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Alice in Wonderland; profiles of world-renowned dancers; and a helpful glossary. The book offers a unique insight into ballet, as seen through the eyes of The Royal Ballet.”

About The Author:
Lisa Miles
has spent her entire career in children’s publishing writing and editing a variety of non-fiction titles. She previously worked on Usborne’s The World of Ballet in association with The Birmingham Royal Ballet, and described herself as an avid watcher of ballet.


Hardcover w/jacket / 80 Pages / 11 1/8 x 9 5/8 / 2014


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