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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. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, Apollo's Angels--the first cultural history of ballet ever written--is a groundbreaking work. From ballet's origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France's Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. In the twentieth century, émigré dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance. Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and former professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. Her admiration and love for the ballet, asEntertainment Weekly notes, brings "a dancer's grace and sure-footed agility to the page."



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    table_of_contents France and the classical origins of ballet. Kings of dance ; The Enlightenment and the story ballet ; The French Revolution in ballet ; Romantic illusions and the rise of the ballerina ; Scandinavian orthodoxy: the Danish style ; Italian heresy: pantomine, virtuosity, and Italian ballet -- Light from the East: Russian works of art. Tsars of dance: Imperial Russia classicism ; East goes west: Russian modernism and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ; Left behind: Communist ballet from Stalin to Brezhnev ; Alone in Europe: the British moment ; The American century I: Russian beginnings ; The american century II: The New York scene -- The masters are dead and gone.
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    title Apollo's angels : A History of Ballet
    title_alt History of ballet
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    title_full Apollo's Angels A History of Ballet, Apollo's angels : a history of ballet / Jennifer Homans
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    title_sort apollo's angels a history of ballet
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    topic Ballet History, History, Nonfiction, Performing Arts
    topic_facet Ballet, History, Nonfiction, Performing Arts