Writer par excellence on the dance, Walter Terry's collection of biographies of ballerinas- from Catherine de Medici who danced in 1581, to Maria Tallchief- brings the glamour and exquisiteness of the ballet to the book world. In his familiar way, he writes with poise and eloquence on his pre danseuses. A sampling of the names would include the stately Mile. Lafontaine, the illustrious Camargo whose innovations modernized, Guimard, Tagiloni, Fanny Elssler, Pavlova who died so often so beautifully, Britain's Moira Shearer and Cuba's Alonso who was a mother at sixteen. And more than recounting their lives and personalities, he tells, through their places in the ballet world, much of the history of its development.