Ryman’s Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terms: Cecchetti

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By Rhonda Ryman
Ryman’s Dictionary is a guide to the complex language of Classical Ballet compiled by one of the world’s leading experts on the language of dance. Rhonda Ryman has spent more than 30 years exploring the complexity and evolution of Classical Ballet terminology, aided by her expertise in kinesiology, Laban and Benesh notation systems and practical work as a ballet teacher.

Ryman’s dictionary cuts through the complexity in a clear, logical and comprehensive way, building on her earlier Royal Academy Dictionary of Classical Ballet Terminology, published in 1995. This book uses as its foundation the teachings and terminology of the great Italian teacher, Enrico Cecchetti.

Ryman offers precise word descriptions for more than 900 terms and includes both a simplified English-language and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) pronunciation guide. The result is an indispensable global resource for dance professionals, as well as an invaluable guide to the inner workings of ballet technique for dance lovers everywhere.


Softcover, 6" x 9",  211 pp.