Latest in this series of handbooks for the layman by the present conductor of the Phoenix (Arizona) Symphony whose dance column has appeared in the New York Herald Tribune In a brief introduction the author offers a discussion of the development of ballet -- its beginnings, national and school development, influential personalities and short biographies of contemporary leaders. The bulk of the book is concerned with an exposition of 130 ballets-with plots, choreography, history and music illustrated by selected themes. There is also a list of recorded ballet music. Invaluable as a ballet reference book. Also the author has not hesitated to add his own evaluations of the contemporary ballet scene -- a refreshing departure from scholarly egg-walking. A reliable item in or out of the series.