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Benesh for Ballet: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, & Book 4

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. Book 3 prepares your to read notated examples of centre work and repeated sequences. You’ll learn to recognize the structure of a basic phrase and understand how it can be varied. Book 4 caps the series by presenting challenging sequences that traverse the performing area. No previous knowledge of BMN is needed to read the first three chapters that introduce stage plans and also location and travel signs. These chapters are geared to dancers, choreographers, actors, stage managers, and theatrical stagers, as well as ballet students and teachers. The final two chapters, geared mainly to ballet students and teachers, build on theory covered in Books 1-3 by presenting sequences with jumps, steps, and slides that travel around the performing area. Book 4 features the addition of interactive puzzles.

  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. Benesh for Ballet, Book 4: Stage Plans, Locations, and
    Travelled Sequences


  1. Promotional video for the Benesh for Ballet ebook series

  2. How to Navigate Benesh for Ballet: Book 1

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Download free PDFs for:

  1. Writing Worksheets: Benesh for Ballet, Book 1

  2. Writing Worksheets: Benesh for Ballet, Book 2

  3. Writing Worksheets: Benesh for Ballet, Book 3

  4. Writing Worksheets: Benesh for Ballet, Book 4

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Updated by: Robyn Hughes Ryman, 4 April 2019

Created by: Robyn Hughes Ryman, 3 September 2018