TUK, i agree that these are both excellent books for ballet teachers. i think trina was trying to be all-inclusive - which inevitably means that a lot gets missed out!!!
<P>i'm sure both you and trina know what i mean...i think aiming to reduce it to 20 was an ambitious but VERY worthy plan.<P>grieg was one of my first teachers in australia! <P>i think you are right about the kostovitskaya book being extremely important - but until fairly recent reprinting, it was largely unavailable (unless you lived somewhere with a place like dancebooks!
) - and also it's format puts off, all but the most dedicated. of course, you and i are obviously among the 'most dedicated'!
<P>as to the syllabus manuals - i think they're only really 'indispensable' to teachers of THAT syllabus, unlike the kostrovitskaya, which has value for ALL ballet teachers.<P>i would still put my money on gretchen's picture book (Classical Ballet Technique), though, as the REAL indispensable - if a ballet teacher could only have ONE book - THAT's the one!