By on November 12, 2012


  • Classical Ballet Technique by Gretchen Ward Warren: An in-depth glossary of barre and center exercises with step-by-step photos
  • Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant: Dog-eared, coffee stained, and highlighted all over.  A quintessential glossary of terms spanning nearly every topic in classical ballet.
  • Basic Principles of Classical Ballet by Agrippina Vaganova: Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about Russian Ballet technique, straight from the horse’s mouth

Dance Science

  • Merck Manual of Medical Information: A reliable and current resource on medical conditions and injuries.
  • Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germaine: Basic anatomy and kinesiology explained from in plain language.


  • Ballet Pedagogy by Rory Foster: A great technician, teacher and former professor of mine, Rory shares his thoughts on teaching classical ballet.
  • Inside Ballet Technique by Valerie Grieg: Insiteful analysis of ballet pedagogy from an anatomical perspective
  • Harnessing the Wind by Jan Erkert: A former ballet dancer turned contemporary diva (and one of my teachers), Jan share her unique ideas on teaching release-base modern dance incorporating somatic techniques.

Dance History

  • Ballet and Modern Dance by Susan Au: A not-too-dry chronology of Western dance from Louis’s court to Jose Limon.


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