A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back

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Atria Books #ad - Candid and engrossing” the washington post, A Body of Work is a memoir “for everyone with a heart” DC Metro Theater Arts. He reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager leaving america to join the paris opera Ballet School, the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons behind his headline-grabbing decision to be the first American to join the top rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by the Artistic Director who would later be the victim of a vicious acid attack.

David hallberg, the first american to join the famed bolshoi ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as “the most exciting male dancer in the western world, ” presents a look at his artistic life—up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury that almost cost him his career.

Beginning with his real-life billy elliot childhood—an all-american story marred by intense bullying—and culminating in his hard-won comeback, Hallberg’s “moving and intelligent” Daniel Mendelsohn memoir dives deep into life as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the limits of his body, and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment as one of the world’s most acclaimed ballet dancers.

Rich in detail ballet fans will adore, and triumphant performances, self-doubt, rigorous rehearsals, and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily class, Hallberg presents an “unsparing…inside look” The New York Times and also reflects on universal and relatable themes like inspiration, searching for new interpretations of ballet’s greatest roles.

A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back #ad - Combining his powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight, Hallberg has written a great ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion, and wisdom. Then, as hallberg performed throughout the world at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a crippling ankle injury and botched surgery leading to an agonizing retreat from ballet and an honest reexamination of his entire life.

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Dancer

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MPI HOME VIDEO 43381389 #ad - Steven cantor s dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U. K. Russia, and eventually the U. S. Where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier s Take Me to Church. Ukrainian-born bad boy of ballet Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19.

. Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity. Shrink-wrapped. But two years later at the height of his success he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely.

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Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today

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Liveright #ad - The bolshoi theater had been a crown jewel during the reign of the tsars and an emblem of Soviet power throughout the twentieth century. With exclusive access to state archives and private sources,  morrison sweeps us through the history of the storied ballet, describing the careers of those onstage as well as off, tracing the political ties that bind the institution to the varying Russian regimes, and detailing the birth of some of the best-loved ballets in the repertoire.

From its disreputable beginnings in 1776 at the hand of a Faustian charlatan,  the Bolshoi became a point of pride for the tsarist empire after the defeat of Napoleon in 1812. After the revolution,  moscow was transformed from a merchant town to a global capital, its theater becoming a key site of power.

. But the bolshoi has transcended its own fraught history, surviving 250 years of artistic and political upheaval to define not only Russian culture but also ballet itself. Under putin in the twenty-first century, it has been called on to preserve a priceless artistic legacy and mirror Russia’s neo-imperial ambitions.

Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today #ad - The attack and its torrid aftermath underscored the importance of the Bolshoi to the art of ballet, to Russia, and to the world. The acid attack resonated far beyond the world of ballet, both into Russia’s political infrastructure and, as renowned musicologist Simon Morrison shows in his tour-de-force account, the very core of the Bolshoi’s unparalleled history.

An enthralling, definitive new history of the Bolshoi Ballet, where visionary performances onstage compete with political machinations backstage. On a freezing night in january 2013, a hooded assailant hurled acid in the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet.

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Celestial Bodies: How to Look at Ballet

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Basic Books #ad - In celestial bodies, providing a lively, poetic, dance critic Laura Jacobs makes the foreign familiar, and uniquely accessible introduction to the world of classical dance. Liveright Publishing Corporation. Shrink-wrapped. It communicates through movement, not words, and its history lies almost entirely abroad--in Russia, Italy, and France.

A distinguished dance critic offers an enchanting introduction to the art of balletAs much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. Combining history, technical definitions, and personal stories, descriptions of performances, interviews with dancers, Jacobs offers an intimate and passionate guide to watching ballet and understanding the central elements of choreography.

Celestial Bodies: How to Look at Ballet #ad - Beautifully written and elegantly illustrated with original drawings, Celestial Bodies is essential reading for all lovers of this magnificent art form.

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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

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Touchstone #ad - With an insider’s passion, misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. Touchstone Books. Shrink-wrapped. Liveright Publishing Corporation. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, underprivileged, no one expected the undersized, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers .

A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” The Washington Post as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life. But when misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina #ad - Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina. In this instant new york times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master.

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Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You

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Grand Central Life & Style #ad - An inspiring section on the importance of finding mentors, and eventually being one, plus excerpts from Misty's personal journal, round out this important book on grace and strength. Shrink-wrapped. The celebrated ballerina and role model, shares the secrets of how to reshape your body and achieve a lean, Misty Copeland, strong physique and glowing health.

Misty copeland believes "there has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Tips for motivation and words of encouragement as well as tips on how to keep going even when you may want to give up. Liveright Publishing Corporation. Celebrating the importance of healthy fats and a fitness regimen based on ballet exercises, Misty shares her own time-tested exercises and an eating plan focusing on healthy fats, both of which keep her in top shape.

Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You #ad - In her first health and fitness book, meal plans, misty will show women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, with step-by-step advice, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, workout routines, and words of inspiration. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.

In other words, the body of a ballerina. Grand central life style. Touchstone Books.

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Restless Creature: Wendy Whalen

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Kino Lorber #ad - Grand central life style. Restless creature: wendy whelan offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. One of the modern era s most acclaimed dancers, whelan was a principal ballerina for NYCB and, danced numerous ballets by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, over the course of her celebrated career, as well as new works by more modern standout choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky; many roles were made specifically for Whelan.

Restless Creature: Wendy Whalen #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Touchstone Books. We watch whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to NYCB and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create Restless Creature, a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.

Liveright Publishing Corporation. As the film opens, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, Whelan is 46, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience and good humor.

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Dancing on My Grave: An Autobiography

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Doubleday #ad - An american ballerina presents a story of the high-pressure world of dance which brought the dancer to a nightmare world of illness, drug addicition, and suicidal despair Shrink-wrapped. Grand central life style. Touchstone Books. Liveright Publishing Corporation.

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Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet

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Cadwallader and Stern #ad - But it also tracks the land of ballet to venues as celebrated as New York and Monte Carlo and as seemingly ordinary as Bellingham, Washington and small-town Pennsylvania. It follows the tempestuous assembly of a version of Romeo and Juliet that runs afoul of so much pressure, injury, disease, and blood that the dancers begin to call it cursed.

Shrink-wrapped. It escorts you front and center to the kick zone of studio rehearsals. Snowflakes zooms in on an intimate view of one full season in the life of one of America's top ballet companies and schools: Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet. It meets the resolute woman who created a dance school more than fifty years ago in a Carlisle, Pennsylvania barn and grew it into one of America's most reliable ballerina factories.

Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet #ad - It visits cattle-call auditions and rigorous classes, tells the stories of dancers whose parents sacrificed for them and dancers whose parents refused to. It shows you the inner workings of nutcracker, from kids' charming auditions to no-nonsense marketing meetings, from snow bags in the flies to dancing snowflakes who curse salty flurries that land on their tongues.

Grand central life style. Where snowflakes dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet brings readers the exciting truth of how ballet actually happens. It sits you down in meetings where budgets get slashed and dreams get funded--and axed. Touchstone Books.

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Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

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Random House Trade Paperbacks #ad - Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Liveright Publishing Corporation. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, Apollo’s Angels—the first cultural history of ballet ever written—is a groundbreaking work. Touchstone Books. Grand central life style. Petersburg. Jennifer homans, a historian, critic, and former professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice.

. From ballet’s origins in the renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France’s Louis XIV himself an avid dancer, the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. In the twentieth century, émigré dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance.

Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet #ad - Random House Trade. National bestsellerfor more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Her admiration and love for the ballet, as Entertainment Weekly notes, brings “a dancer’s grace and sure-footed agility to the page. Named one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • los angeles times • san francisco chronicle • publishers weekly shrink-wrapped.

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Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story

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DK #ad - This dk visual guide to ballet history goes beyond other ballet books, with beautiful photography that captures famous dancers and key stories. Discover more than 70 of the most famous ballet dances, from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to The Rite of Spring. Shrink-wrapped. Grand central life style. Touchstone Books.

. Random House Trade. Liveright Publishing Corporation. Filled with rarely seen photographs covering all the key figures, and compelling facts about each dance--the sources they draw from, their production history, pieces, and performances, and their reception over time--Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story is an essential gift for all ballet enthusiasts.

Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story #ad - Meet composers and choreographers, from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to Matthew Bourne. Explore the lives and achievements of dancers across the centuries, such as Margot Fonteyn, Carlos Acosta, and Darcey Bussell. Learn the stories behind renowned companies such as The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. From its origins at court and the first national ballet companies, to the contemporary scene and extraordinary venues that stage the productions, this book covers an impressive history of ballet and provides an invaluable overview of the subject.

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