DANCING THROUGH IT ~ My Journey in the Ballet
Book review and technical detail DANCING THROUGH IT ~ My Journey in the Ballet Jenifer Ringer
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|Title||DANCING THROUGH IT ~ My Journey in the Ballet|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Faith buoys one dancer’s life. At the age of 14, acceptance ball in Washington, D.C., Ringer was called to ample in at the Washington Ballet. The allotment was George Balanchine’s lyrical, elegant Serenade, and performing, Ringer recalls, acquainted “like a ablaze demography up abode in my chest.” She absitively again that she charge become a able ballerina. When her ancestors confused to New York, she was accustomed into the celebrated Academy of American Ballet, the agriculturalist for the New York City Ballet. There, she undertook a arduous agenda of classes, as able-bodied as finishing aerial school. She was additionally faced with Balanchine’s ideal of the absolute ballerina: “small head, continued close and limbs, abbreviate hips, angled feet, alpine and actual thin.” When Ringer accomplished puberty, however, her new curves generated all-overs that her anatomy was out of her control. At the aforementioned time, she was accustomed into the New York City Ballet as an apprentice, which agitated her training and additionally her animosity of vulnerability about her anatomy and her talent. Dancers, she realized, never accept pain, burnout or weakness but instead cede their bodies “for the approval of whoever happened to be watching, whether it be a ballet adept or the audience.” Desperate to apply ascendancy over her life, Ringer became bedeviled with her anatomy angel and spent the abutting few years alternating amid anorexia and bingeing. Finally, she acquired so abundant weight that ballet adept Peter Martins accursed her. The columnist reclaimed her activity and her career through a face-lifting of her religious faith: adoration and a acceptance in God’s alert care. Married now, with two children, she is a arch ballerina with the NYCB. Told with bashfulness and humility, Ringer’s account exposes the bound accuracy of a dancer’s activity and the affection and exhilaration of ball itself.
A behind-the-curtains look at the rarefied world of classical ballet from a principal dancer at the New York City BalletIn her charming and self-effacing voice, Jenifer Ringer covers the highs and lows of what it’s like to make it to the top in the exclusive, competitive ballet world. From the heart-pounding moments waiting in the wings before a performance to appearing on Oprah to discuss weight and body image among dancers, Dancing Through It is moving and revelatory.Raised in South Carolina, Ringer led a typical kid’s life until she sat in on a friend’s ballet class, an experience that would change her life forever. By the age of twelve she was enrolled at the elite Washington School of Ballet and soon moved to the School of American Ballet. At sixteen she was a professional dancer at the New York City Ballet in Manhattan, home of the legendary George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.Ringer takes us inside the dancer’s world, detailing a typical day, performance preparation, and the extraordinary pressures that these athletes face. Ringer shares exhilarating stories of starring in Balanchine productions, working with the famous Peter Martins, and of meeting her husband and falling in love at the New York City Ballet. Ringer also talks candidly of Alistair Macauley’s stinging critique of her weight in his 2010 New York Times review of The Nutcracker that ignited a public dialogue about ballet and weight. She unflinchingly describes her personal struggles with eating disorders and body image, and shares how her faith helped her to heal and triumph over these challenges.
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