Welcome to the Balletfocus Video Dictionary! My channel is a classical ballet video dictionary with steps by the world’s greatest dancers: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gillian Murphy, Leonid Sarafanov, Svetlana Zakharova, José Manual Carreño, Alina Cojocaru, Roberto Bolle, and many more. Each video focuses on a particular step and, after a brief commentary, presents examples of the step from performances.
The 39 videos comprise many of the steps performed in classical ballet performances. Whether you are new to ballet as a fan or dancer or have many years in dance, I hope this channel will be helpful. Many of the steps are performed at a whirlwind pace, so I slow down many of the clips and provide stop action at critical moments to provide additional insight on the mechanics of the step. Wherever possible, I use terminology consistent with Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, by Gail Grant (Dover 1982).
Edward Ellison of Ellison Ballet for help on terminology on several steps
Chris Perez at Donaldson + Callif law firm for reviewing the project and videos
Intro music: Swan Lake: Act III, No. 15, Allegro Giusto byTchaikovsky, licensed by www.royaltyfreeclassicalmusic.co.uk
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