I purchased The Ballet Bible a few years ago, shortly after it came out, to get some ideas to use with my teaching, and this is my experience with the product. Since then, of course, the product has evolved and gotten even better with more bonuses, which I don’t have, but the fundamentals are still there.
Anita Leembrugge is the developer of this project, and she initially created the Ballet Bible to help beginners with their technique, speed, and precision. She has used her own difficult experience with starting ballet late and all the problems she had to overcome to create this product.
She claims that this product will improve your ballet technique in the shortest time possible. Included in the download is the ebook 3 Simple Rules of a Ballerina. This is a very insightful read and you will gain a lot of knowledge by just reading this and applying it. Since I bought the product, she has also added some more useful bonus’s that weren’t included back then, like an exclusive interview with choreographer Gareth Belling. This bonus alone would have gotten me to buy the product back then.
My favorite part of the course are the video’s where she shows you exactly how to execute each step. This is a wonderful aid to those who are learning ballet, and also for teachers like myself, but for those who are not, it can prove difficult to achieve some of the steps without the correct background training and proper correction from a qualified teacher.
The French Vocabulary is also explained in detail in a French terminology module, which is a great resource for any dancer to have. Once a dancer reaches a certain level, she has to know all the names of all the steps in french, so that if she ever joins a dance company, she can understand what the choreographer is demanding of her.
Although I loved this product and the ideas that it gave me, I tend to worry that some may take the Ballet Bible and exchange it for proper formal dance lessons. I think that the Ballet Bible was created to help you to further your ballet career with the help of a professional coach or teacher. It is extremely dangerous to take on training yourself, with nobody to guide you, as you can develop bad habits, and also injure yourself.
What Does The Ballet Bible Consist Of?
Here is a small list of some of the things you can expect from The Ballet Bible – The 3 Simple Rules of a Prima Ballerina.
- Advice on how to succeed as a dancer.
- What you should look for in a dance teacher – If you don’t know what to look for you could end paying good money for bad advice.
- The History of Ballet – Learn How and Where ballet got it’s form and its significance in today’s dancing.
- Ballet Class – From Adage to Pointe. Learn how a class is structured and the significance of each part.
- French Terminology – How to decipher common words.
- Incorrect diagrams. See first hand how NOT to perform a movement or stance. No other guide shows you this!
- Ballet Style – Learn the difference between everyday movement and ballet movement – Includes detailed pictures and explanations!
- How to make sure you are not weakening your muscles or unbalancing your joints. Many dancers compromise their training with poor habits outside the studio.
- Classical Ballet Training: From Start to Finish – The method, movements, and technique. You will be blown away at your improvement!
- Learn the correct way to perform Developpés: Most dancers never learn the correct form and wonder why they can’t balance properly and can’t do it fast enough.
- Common Errors – Some dancers struggle again and again with the same things. You will be able to quickly identify your weak points and find out exactly how to correct them.
- The 6 primary positions of the feet. Where every movement starts and finishes. This is essential training!
- The 9 Arm Poses – Learn exactly how to perform each pose. You will undoubtedly impress others with your comprehensive knowledge.
- Detailed Movement Guide – From Plié to Pirouette: Everything including Sur le Coup de Pied, Arabesque, Battement Tendu, Glissé, Jetté to Developpé and Grande Battement.
- High-quality pictures – through each and every step you will be able to see exactly how your body should be positioned for correct form.
- Styling – Learn how to perform movements with grace and elegance! People will automatically assume you have been dancing for years.
- Learn how to combine expressive arms with soft flowing hands to make every pose magical.
- Ever wanted to know how to have total control over your legs as you gracefully perform an arabesque? Now you Can!
- Learn the best practice exercises to train your leg muscles and prepare you for pointe.
- Do you know the components of a pointe shoe? Learn how to determine the best pointe shoe for your foot shape.
- Tying the pointe shoe. Follow step-by-step examples with clear descriptions. You’ll be able to do it blind folded in no time at all.
- How to correctly balance yourself for optimum flexibility and performance. Most dancers never learn and constantly struggle with problems that could so easily be avoided.
- Why stretching is important. If you know how to use it to drastically increase your performance you’ll wonder why everyone else hasn’t caught on.
- Great looking legs can be created – Have you ever seen a ballerina with ugly looking legs?
- Warming up and cooling down – Do this one extra thing and notice the difference straight away.
- Improper stretching – Are you stretching incorrectly and actually hindering your performance (You’ll be surprised)
- Exactly how to convey the right meaning for your specific movement or expression… (You don’t want to appear as if you’re saying you have big ears when you’re just listening).
- How to pose for maximum impact… learn how to use your whole body so that the audience understands exactly what you are saying without thinking twice.
- How to develop your own unique style and personality to your mime (Ever notice how some dancers always seem to have that extra added “character” in their performances? That’s because they’re using this technique.)
- 5 classic stories of love and adventure. These include popular works like “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty”.
- Want to rendition your own version of Pierre Gardel’s famous play. How to use your new found knowledge of ballet mime.
- “To the point” recollections. You won’t be bored with uninteresting detail while you fall asleep.
Reviews found for The Ballet Bible:
“I’m just getting back into ballet and I can’t thank you enough” “I danced for many years when I was younger but I stopped and have regretted it ever since. I downloaded The 3 Simple Rules of a Prima Ballerina a few days ago and I feel just as excited about dancing as I once was. I can’t believe how much helpful information there is in this guide. I’m looking forward to picking up where I left off and this is just the thing I need.”Betty Whittle, QLD
“I wish I had this book when I first started out.” “My compliments to the author on the book! It’s written in a manner that makes it feel like she’s there explaining everything to you in person which makes it so easy that even a beginner can understand. As a seasoned dancer, I wish I had this when I started dancing over 10 years ago. It would have helped me develop my technique much better and faster. I expect that when my daughter is old enough, she’ll be reading it too!” Tanya Gould, CO
“Even my eight year old daughter thanks you.” “I bought this guide for my daughter who started ballet 6 months ago. Let me tell you she has improved so much from just following the pictures! She is now one of the best in her class and her teacher is amazed at her progress. It gives me great joy being able to read The 3 Simple Rules of a Prima Ballerina with her and help her develop into a beautiful little ballerina. Thanks for writing this brilliant book. We both love it.Mary Dixon, LA
Finally in closing I would like to say that The Ballet Bible is well suited as a supplement to those studying ballet, teachers, and even adults who have studied ballet in the past and would like to get back into it. I would not, however, substitute regular ballet classes and proper training with a professional teacher with this course.