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The Stories of the Russian Ballet

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Probably the first thing the first man and woman did when they became conscious of themselves and of the earth that was theirs, was to dance. It is the most primitive and the most exalted of all the arts and graces. It is allied to the greatest art. The human voice which is music - and than music humanity possesses no thing more beautiful - can only be heard. Dancing, which is music, can be seen. When we dance to sound, produced either by human or by mechanical agency, we hear and see and feel music.

In English villages folk used to dance, but it has ever been a pastime not an art, and of late years it has almost if not entirely disappeared. These uncomfortably intelligent people from a vast continent washed by the very waves that guard our eastern coast, may revive for us - not a lost art, we are too civilised for that - but a pleasant and necessary pastime. Necessary, because no nation can exist or has existed which does not know how to be happy and give expression to happiness.

A nation which is joyless cannot build or create or fight. France, who in the last Century has suffered unspeakable terror, bloodshed and poverty, is still doing all three, because, though possessing nearly all the vices known to nations, she still insists on being happy, and knows the value of happiness.

On fete days in every street corner in every quarter of her Capital you will see people dancing and hear them making music.

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August 2015 : USA Hardback

Title: The Stories of the Russian Ballet
Author(s): Arthur Applin
ISBN: 1-296-77352-3 / 978-1-296-77352-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Andesite Press
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Paperback Editions

November 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: The Stories of the Russian Ballet (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Arthur Applin
ISBN: 1-330-03842-8 / 978-1-330-03842-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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August 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: The stories of the Russian ballet
Author(s): Arthur Applin
ISBN: 1-176-99641-X / 978-1-176-99641-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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