First published in 1969 in Russian by one of the world's most respected experts on partnering, the original book was created for the Vagava Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, the school that produced Pavlova and Nijinsky. This expanded edition contains new text, sketches and photographs that describe 32 new poses and lifts, along with new information about strengthening exercises and balance points. It is adaptable to instruction based on the Royal Academy of Dancing and the Cecchetti methods, making it suitable for teachers and dancers of all three major methodologies. Beginning with simple exercises for young dancers, the comprehensive text guides students, teachers and choreographers safely to complex lifts and tosses. The instruction is useful to all forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, modern dance, and ballroom and ice dancing.