Explore Learning Pathways: Ballet for Adults and Teens

Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of fitness and health- rich resources, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers will enjoy learning ballet stretches and poses to practice on these hot summer days!

So pull down those learning swim caps - and let's get started with Ballet for Teens and Adults!


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AutismADHDThe Cambridge Companion to Ballet edited by Marion Kant

These essays reveal the conception, intent and underlying meaning of ballets and recreate the historical reality in which they emerged. The reader will find new and unexpected aspects of ballet, its history and its aesthetics, the evolution of plot and narrative, new insights into the reality of training, the choice of costume and the transformation of an old art in a modern world.

DiabetesCookingThe Pointe Book: shoes, training & technique by Sarah Schlesinger

This book provides a thorough examination of pointe shoes and pointe technique.



MakingBalletMaking Ballet (DVD) by Karen Kain

This feature-length documentary goes behind the scenes at the National Ballet of Canada to witness the seemingly magical process of creating a major ballet production.


TourTour de Force by Elizabeth White

Gillian Kincade, a soloist with Ballet New York, is also a devoted Christian. But her faith and developing romance with Jacob Ferrar, the director of the Birmingham Ballet Theatre, are tested when she suffers a terrible accident.


WallsAroundThe Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (Teen Fiction)

Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together.

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CleanseCompanionUp to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo Teen Fiction

Devastated when her dream of becoming a professional ballerina falls through, seventeen-year-old Harper Scott takes a job as a research assistant, wintering over at McMurdo, a U.S. science station at the tip of Antarctica where, for the first time, she considers other possible futures.

ApolloApollo's Angels: a history of ballet by Jennifer Homans

For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Ballet has been shaped by the Renaissance and Classicism, the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Bolshevism, Modernism, and the Cold War. Apollo's Angels is a groundbreaking work--the first cultural history of ballet ever written, lavishly illustrated and beautifully told.


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Check the PLS online library calendar to find more fitness programs for teens and adults.


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Explore These Internet Resources

Cosmo Learning: How to Do Beginning Ballet Steps.

Learn about Ballet from the Pennsylvania Ballet

University of Oklahoma School of Dance: Oklahoma Festival Ballet

Tulsa Ballet

Oklahoma City Ballet

For more fitness and ballet resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

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As always, if you don't see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!