Part of the legacy left by the great Danish dancer, choreographer, and teacher August Bournonville ( 1805 - 1879) was a series of six complete classes, one for every day of the dancer's working week. These classes, which form the basis of the Bournonville style, and which are still part of the training programme of the Royal Danish Ballet, were published for the first time in 1979, edited and with a detailed commentary by the Bournonville expert Kirsten Ralov, and formed the basis of the Royal Danish Ballet's expanded edition of 2005. This is a facsimile reprint of the original 1979 edition: it does not include any material from the 2005 edition.
The Bournonville School was the first work to compile and preserve Bournonville's complete classroom teachings. As such, it is of great value not only to teachers and students wishing to make use of this valuable heritage, but to all those with an interest in the history and development of classical ballet technique.
The book consists of detailed written descriptions of the classes; please note that the original supplementary volumes (music score, Benesh Notation score, Labanotation score) are no longer available.