To the Pointe: 2 new ballet books to read for insights into the art form

To the Pointe: 2 new ballet books to read for insights into the art form

Looking for a new ballet book to read to expand your knowledge (or perspective) on the form? Here are two titles to turn to.


“Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers Is Saving Ballet from Itself”

Author: Chloe Angyal

Read If: You want to know more about the systemic issues facing the industry and what is being done to make the field more equitable

What the publisher says: “In ‘Turning Pointe,’ journalist Chloe Angyal captures the intense love for ballet that so many dancers feel, while also grappling with its devastating shortcomings: the power imbalance of an art form performed mostly by women, but dominated by men; the impossible standards of beauty and thinness; and the racism that keeps so many people of color out of ballet. As the rigid traditions of ballet grow increasingly out of step with the modern world, a new generation of dancers is confronting these issues head on, in the studio and on stage. For ballet to survive the 21st century and forge a path into a more socially just future, this reckoning is essential.”


“Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life”

Author: Gavin Larsen

Read If: You’re looking for a memoir that goes inside the life of a professional ballet dancer

What the publisher says: “Through episodes from her own career, Gavin Larsen describes the forces that drive a person to study dance; the daily balance that dancers navigate between hardship and joy; and the dancer’s continual quest to discover who they are as a person and as an artist … An ideal read for aspiring dancers, Larsen’s memoir will also delight experienced dance professionals and fascinate anyone who wonders what it takes to live a life dedicated to the perfection of the art form.”

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