Books and Websites …..


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Books and Websites for Dancers and Their Parents

Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, BCC

Coloring Books for the Youngest Dancers

Many are published by Dover (Dover Fashion Coloring Books are sold at Amazon and Barnes & Noble).  Swan Lake, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Ballet Class, Fairy Fashions, and Favorite Ballets are some of the titles.


Technical Information for Ballet Nerds

Basic Principles of Classical Ballet: Russian Ballet Technique by Agrippina Vaganov

Classical Ballet Technique by Gretchen Ward Warren

Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant

The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training, Technique by Janice Barringer

The Perfect Pointe Book by Lisa A. Howell

100 Lessons in Classical Ballet: The Eight-Year Program of Leningrad’s Vaganova Choreographic School by Vera S. Kostrovitskaya


History: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

Ballet and Modern Dance: A Concise History by Jack Anderson

Choreographing Difference: The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance by Ann Albright

Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance by Marshall and Jean St


Strengthening and Conditioning

Conditioning for Dance by Eric Franklin Dance Anatomy by Jaqui Haas



The Children of Theatre Street: The Story of the Kirov Ballet School  (Narrated by Grace Kelly, this film shows the training of young Russian dancers at the Vaganova Choreographic Institute from childhood to graduation)

Ballerina by Bertrand Norman (A film about the training and lives of famous Russian ballerinas including Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, and Evgenia Obraztsova) [There are also DVDs of most of the well-known ballets.  It would be almost impossible to list all of them.


Linksörgen Wilhelmsson’s wonderful website is worth investigating.  Organized according to the names of the ballerinas, the viewer can touch the name of a dancer and see a collection of photographs of her.  At the bottom of many pages, there are also video clips of the dancer.) (Marc Haegeman’s suggested sites from his website For Ballet Lovers Only)   Lane Gormley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Coach at East Paces Counseling in Buckhead and Ray of Hope Counseling Services in Kennesaw.  She has taken class, taught, and participated in the GDC community for many years.