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Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

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Random House Trade

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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, as Entertainment Weekly notes, brings “a dancer’s grace and sure-footed agility
to the page.”

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