Recommended: 4 Editor's Picks

Experiencing the Art of Pas de Deux

By Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg and Carlos Miguel Guerra

University Press of Florida; 184 pages; $24.95

Two former Miami City Ballet principals cover the finer points of ballet partnering, including what makes a good partner, how to establish trust, great partnerships throughout history and step-by-step breakdowns of popular lifts, turns and promenades with photos.

The Ballet Lover's Companion

By Zoe Anderson

Yale University Press; 384 pages; $27.50

Ballet students and balletomanes alike can improve their knowledge of ballet history with this guide by British dance critic Zoe Anderson. It covers in detail 140 ballets throughout history, with facts about each ballet's style, choreographer and historical context.

The Art of Movement

By Ken Browar and Deborah Ory

Black Dog & Leventhal; 304 pages; $37.27

Get your dance photo fix with these gorgeous images of dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Royal Ballet and other companies. There are also inspirational quotes from the featured dancers and a foreword by ABT principal Daniil Simkin.

Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations

By Nina Danilova

Oxford University Press; 288 pages; $39.95

This new book by former Kirov Ballet dancer Nina Danilova will familiarize you with the plot, musical score, steps, history and memorable performances of eight female solos from classical ballets such as Giselle, Paquita and The Sleeping Beauty.

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