Ballet West Study Guides and Teacher Resources
Our ballet glossary was made to serve as a reference containing a multitude of specialized terms and phrases that elucidate the intricate world of ballet, encompassing movements, positions, and techniques. The terminology used in ballet is predominantly French, owing to its historical roots in the French courts of the 17th century. During this period, French was the language of the royal court, and it was utilized to document and codify this emerging art form. Despite ballet's global reach, the utilization of French terminology persists as it upholds tradition, ensures consistency in teaching and performing ballet across diverse nations, and enhances clarity in communication. These French ballet terms are an indispensable part of both dancers' and enthusiasts' lexicon, providing a universal language and a firm foundation that fosters effective communication and preserves the rich history and tradition of ballet.
Ballet West's study guides are thoughtfully designed to be a resources for teachers, with the specific aim of preparing their students for the ballets they come to experience through the Student In-theater presentations and First Look. These guides offer a introduction to the ballet as well as a lesson plans made in alignment with the Utah State Core Curriculum. They include detailed synopses, character descriptions, and insights into the music and production design. By providing teachers with this wealth of information, the study guides empower them to engage their students in meaningful discussions and activities that enhance their understanding and appreciation of the upcoming ballet performance. This educational support ensures that students are well-prepared and can fully immerse themselves in the magic of ballet, making their live theater experience all the more enriching and memorable.