A ballet-master of many years’ experience, Woytek Lowski was uniquely
qualified in the art of teaching classical ballet to both students and
professionals, in class and in rehearsal. Participants in his classes have
included such outstanding international dancers as Mikhail Baryshnikov,
Natalia Makarova, Gelsey Kirkland, Anthony Dowell and Sylvie Guillem.
The Art of Teaching Classical Ballet passes on Lowski’s considerable expertise on
all aspects of teaching classical ballet. After detailed observation and analysis
of classwork and ballet technique, Lowski goes on to assess the general
purpose of classwork, the responsibilities of both teachers and students, and
gives helpful, often humorous advice for the student. He also considers the
problems that the aspiring student is likely to encounter on entering the dance
profession, such as the demands of adapting to different dance styles and
traditions, stage fright, and diet. Finally, a sample class for advanced students
is given in full.
More than just a teaching manual, The Art of Teaching Classical Ballet goes
considerably beyond the technical aspects of ballet, and provides a much needed
link between the worlds of the aspiring student and the professional
dancer. It will prove to be an invaluable all-round guide for teachers, students
and performers of classical ballet.