Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant
Gail Grant's Technical Manual has long been one of the most popular and effective ballet reference guides. The book thoroughly describes and defines over 1100 ballet steps, movements, poses, and other expressions and concepts.
Every ballet teacher and student should own a copy of this fantastic resource! A pronunciation guide, cross-references to alternate names for similar steps and positions that vary from the Russian to the French or Italian schools, and a bibliography are all invaluable aids. For each, first, a phonetic transcription is provided, then a literal translation, and finally an explanation of how the step is performed, the pose captured, or the movement executed, and how the concept fits in with actual ballet dancing or of the purpose or function of the idea.