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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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No Way Home by Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta is a ballet legend.  Born to an impoverished family in Cuba, as a kid Carlos was always getting into trouble.  He hung around a gang of boys who loved break-dancing as much as they loved bad behavior, so … Continue reading

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Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay

I picked up this novel because I love ballet and the plot had something to do with the subject.  However, it’s more of a backdrop, and the main character, Nina Revskaya, is an aged, former ballerina, so the ballet portion … Continue reading

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