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Created by: Robyn Hughes Ryman, 18 April 2014

Updated by: Robyn Hughes Ryman, 11 January 2017

Benesh for Ballet: Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3

by Rhonda Ryman-Kane & Robyn Hughes Ryman

Rymans’ Benesh for Ballet series teaches you how to read Benesh Movement Notation (BMN) with words, images, animations, and notated examples. Using interactive features, readers can add Highlights, take Notes, make Study Cards, and complete Reviews to learn BMN theory while brushing up on ballet vocabulary and pedagogy.

Book 1 introduces you to the fundamental concepts of BMN. You'll learn to read basic ballet positions from three "schools" of ballet: English, Italian, and Russian. Book 2 continues with jumps without travel, so you can explore basic allegro steps and sequences timed to music. In Book 3 new BMN theory will prepare you to read notated examples of centre work and repeated sequences. You’ll explore how a basic dance phrase can be repeated in a variety of ways: the same, other side, alternating sides, or reverse. By reading phrases repeated with slight differences, you’ll learn to recognize the structure of a basic phrase and understand how it can be varied, which explains the term “ballet variation.”

  1. Benesh for Ballet, Book I: Basic Ballet Positions

  2. Benesh for Ballet, Book 2: Jumps Without Travel

  3. Benesh for Ballet, Book 3: Centre Work and Repeated Sequences

  4. How to Navigate Benesh For Ballet: Book 1

  5. Benesh for Ballet Facebook Page

Writing Worksheets: Benesh for Ballet Book 1

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