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Holding On To The Air by Suzanne Farrell

George Balanchine’s last great muse was ballerina Suzanne Farrell.  Balanchine was already in his 50’s when he made the teenager a star of the New York City Ballet, making several of his famous ballets on her.  But their relationship was … Continue reading

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Pointe by Brandy Colbert

I enjoy reading books about ballet and this novel by Brandy Colbert focused on a teenage girl with a talent for dance.  Narrated by the main character Theo (short for Theodora), what I found is that it’s about so much … Continue reading

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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me is a novel set in the New York City Ballet world.  Joan is a corps dancer for a top NYC ballet company during the 1970’s and 80’s (styled after New York City Ballet) and her correspondence with famed … Continue reading

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A Body of Work by David Hallberg

Hailed as one of the great American ballet dancers of our time, David Hallberg made history when he achieved the position of principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.  He was the first American to be asked to dance as a … Continue reading

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Raising The Barre by Lauren Kessler

I am very select about the books I choose to read these days.  I don’t add a book to my to-be-read list until I’ve researched it very carefully.  Still, when I picked up this work of non-fiction, I thought to myself … Continue reading

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Another Pointe of View by Patricia Parsons

I picked up this e-book because Ms. Parsons is the mother of a male ballet dancer, like myself.  Originally, I thought this would be about her son’s experience at Canada’s National Ballet School, but actually, it’s more about being a … Continue reading

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The Master’s Muse by Varley O’Connor

I set aside April to read several books with ballet as a theme.  With this, my third book, I delve into the world of George Balanchine, the “master” of dancer and famed choreographer of the New York City Ballet.  The … Continue reading

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