The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet

Deborah Bull

The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet, by Deborah Bull and Luke Jennings, with in-depth descriptions of over eighty famous works of ballet, is essential reading for ballet dancers, enthusiasts, and beginners alike.

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The essential, easy-to-use classical ballet guide – spanning nearly two centuries of classical dance – with entries for more than eighty works from ballet companies around the world, from Giselle and Swan Lake to Cinderella and Steptext. This new edition has been revised to include new ballets by Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon alongside classics by Tchaikovsky, Diaghilev and Balanchine.

Features include:
plot summaries
an analysis of each ballet’s principal themes
useful background and historical information
a unique, behind-the-scenes, performer’s-eye view

Dip in at random or trace the development of dance from cover to cover. Written by former Royal Ballet principal Deborah Bull and leading dance critic Luke Jennings, this ever popular Faber Pocket guide is a must for all ballet-goers – regulars and first-timers alike.


Deborah Bull was a Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet, noted particularly for her performances in the works of Forsythe and MacMillan. Formerly Creative Director of the Royal Opera House, she is now Director, Cultural partnerships at King’s College London, as well as a writer and broadcaster. She has written and presented several programmes for BBC TV and radio, including…

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