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The first half of Steps of the Ballet demonstrates various ballet steps, and the process of staging a show. The second half is a short ballet showcasing these techniques.
'This films deals with the creation of a ballet. The basic positions, movements and steps are demonstrated. The dancers' steps are explained by Robert Helpmann, famous ballet dancer and choreographer. The film ends with the presentation of a new ballet to show how the arts of dancing, music and painting join together in its creation.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1948)
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