A Dancer's grammar

United States, 1977

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Many films which pertain to dance and dancers tend to show only the seemingly effortless end product, while generally ignoring the hours of preparation that are involved. This film succinctly communicates the paradox of beauty achieved through sweat and diligence by focusing on the different preparations of two ballet dancers, Lois Bewley and Lawrence Rhodes. Photography by Peter Sova. No commentary - music only.


production company

Phoenix Films



Production places
United States
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Subject categories

Crafts & Visual Arts → Movement, Aesthetics of

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Movement, Aesthetics of

Music & Performing Arts → Ballet

Music & Performing Arts → Dance in motion pictures, television, etc.

Music & Performing Arts → Dancers

Music & Performing Arts → Dancing

Music & Performing Arts → Movement, Aesthetics of

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States






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