i agree with you, Tuk.<P>trouble is, you might have made it MORE expensive for her, not LESS (!)..that's re the history books.<P>however, i have been given the impression that both the expensive modern sets you suggest contain innaccuracies which render them unreliable - it's really "a bit much", isn't it?, to whinge about such a thing, when a reference is so incredibly comprehensive: how can there NOT be errors? BUT, that's what you want a reference FOR - accuracy - and koegler's at least doesn't let you down.<P>i also prefer the other books you mention to Guest's, but i am guessing that one reason they have recommended Guest's is because it IS relatively inexpensive AND it covers all the eras (up to a certain point).<P>as to the technique books - i agree that i would not buy the dictionary - except that if i was taking THEIR (RAD) exam, i might feel it essential, in order to be sure to be learning what THEY want to hear! you know how it is!
<P>Body Basics has also been questioned by teachers i know, but i feel that they were nitpicking and/or misreading. i can see byrne's intentions are absolutely sound.<P>i would agree with tuk, however, that if you could buy one book only, and it needed to be an inexpensive book (or even if it didn't), i would recommend valerie grieg's 'Inside Ballet Technique"<P>hey, Tuk, guess what? valerie grieg was one of my first teachers! - in australia, in melbourne. truth to tell, the way little kids think everyone over 20 is ancient, i thought she would have been dead, till i saw that book published! (how embarrassing!)