Best Videos to Learn Ballet Terms

Are you looking for the best videos to learn ballet terms?

Ballet is a visual art, so the only truly effective way to learning ballet terms and terminology is through videos.

The best videos to learn ballet terms are here: The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet

The essential video dictionary of all classical ballet movements performed by some of the greatest names in American Ballet.

Teachers and students alike find the Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet the most innovative and dynamic tool ever developed for learning and studying the movements of ballet. 4 1/2 hours on two DVDs, this set includes over 800 variations in Russian, French, and Cecchetti styles.

Many of the movements are shown in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. This engaging program demonstrates the complete language of ballet:

  • Positions and Directions
  • Barre
  • Linking Steps
  • Center Practice
  • Pirouettes
  • Adage
  • Allegro
  • Batterie
  • Pointe
  • Musical Enchainements

For easy reference, a printed index of all the movements and variations performed is included. This comprehensive guide is demonstrated by four of the most outstanding figures in American Ballet:

  • Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre, former principal dancer, ABT)
  • Georgina Parkinson (Ballet Mistress of ABT; former principal dancer, Royal Ballet)
  • Merrill Ashley (former principal dancer, New York City Ballet)
  • Denise Jackson (former principal dancer, Joffrey Ballet)

Here are what others are saying about the best videos to learn ballet terms:

70 of 71 people found the following review helpful:
5 out of 5 stars
Comments from a Ballet Student, October 24, 2004
By Ballet Buff (California, USA)
This review is from: The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet (DVD)

I think this DVD is GREAT! There are many ballet dictionaries available but to SEE how the steps are done is more useful and clear than mere words could describe.

Unlike some other reviewers, I found the DVD quality to be fine.

This DVD is an invaluable reference for any ballet student. Although I have been learning ballet for only 2 1/2 years as an ADULT ballet student with no ballet background at all, I now take 8-14 classes a week (with teenage students!) and have managed to reach Level 5 and even do Pointe work so I can say with the conviction of a serious ballet student that – This DVD is an EXCELLENT reference for anyone interested in learning ballet.

I would recommend the DVD version instead of the VHS because it makes for easier and quicker selection of topics (imagine having to rewind and forward on VHS!).

If you’re thinking of getting this DVD, go for it!

Here’s a second review out of the 18 written by customers:

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
5 out of 5 stars
Comments from: Brilliant!, July 23, 2010
By Carla Goncalves
This review is from: The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet (DVD)

This is exactly what I had been looking for, for ages.

It contains demonstrations by professional ballet dancers of every movement in ballet along with an audio explanation of how to perform the movement. The most difficult movements are repeated in close-up, and, most of the time, in slow motion.

I also enjoyed the examples of enchainements combining all the movements at the barre, linking steps, centre, pirouettes, adage, allegro, batterie and pointe work.

It is a must for teachers and ballet students.

Furthermore, they present the main differences between the Russian, French an Cecchetti styles.


One more review:

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
4 out of 5 stars
Comments from: Intriguing!, May 7, 2007
By G. Williams “Dream Dancer” (Anchorage, AK, USA)
This review is from: The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet (DVD)

I have always wanted to be a ballerina and always fascinated about the many different styles and techniques, BUT, I didn’t realize how many different positions there were! I loved this DVD, it was so fascinating and amazing at what these dancers can do. All the hard work they put in by conditioning their bodies to give us a beautiful outcome of a performance. The DVD shows different dancers doing different postions of dance. I have a deeper respect and love of ballet.

To read all 18 reviews click here.

The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet contains 2 DVDs.

Best Videos to Learn Ballet Terms

In my opinion, this is one of the top ballet video dictionaries I’ve come across.

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About Romy Macias, Senior Editor

Romy danced with the Ballet Clasico de Queretaro Fernando Jhones for 10 years having reached 1st soloist position. She presently takes on character roles and teaches at the company's junior academy. This site is a testament to her passion for classical ballet. You're invited to be part of our community and join in the joy for this amazing art form.


  1. Peter says:

    Excellent reviews. Great product and thanks for this information.

  2. I’ll have to check this out! Thanks for the in-depth review.

  3. Stacey says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this info on the video. Of course that makes so much sense to teach ballet terms through video.

  4. Rebecca says:

    What a great way to make a dictionary for a visual art form. When you think about the numbers or people who are more visual and kinesthetic learners it probably makes sense for many other things as well.

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