We all know what music scores look like. Have you ever wondered what dance scores look like, or if they even exist? There are in fact several dance notation systems and one of the most popular for ballet is Benesh Movement Notation (BMN). Like most languages, it is easier to read than it is to write. Reading basic ballet positions and movements is relatively simple.
This book introduces you to the fundamental concepts of BMN to help you read basic ballet positions from three "schools" of ballet: English, Italian, and Russian. The basic poses are described in words, images, and notated examples. Using interactive features, readers can add Highlights, take Notes, make Study Cards, and complete Reviews to learn BMN fundamentals while brushing up on ballet vocabulary.
Review for Benesh for Ballet, Book 1
I have been looking for recent books on Benesh Movement Notation to support my project of applying it to movement in the martial arts. Benesh for Ballet, Book 1 has an excellent description of basic Benesh notation and includes material on wrists and feet that I have not found in the other three books I discovered (all published over 30 years ago). The iBook format supports quizzes, animation, external links, and sound bites. The book also has links to Robyn’s Ryman’s You Tube videos on Benesh notation. If you have an iPad, I recommend it as a prerequisite for understanding the application of Benesh Notation in any field. As a consequence of working on my martial arts project I will learn a lot about more Ballet, and my favorite ballet, Sleeping Beauty, will never look the same. Now if only I could speak French like the rest of my family to better pronounce all those ballet terms.