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Dancing Through It

My Journey In The Ballet

By Jenifer Ringer

A behind-the-curtains look at the rarefied world of classical ballet from a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet

In 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.

Format: Book
Author: Ringer, Jenifer
Title: Dancing through it : my journey in the ballet / Jenifer Ringer.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : Viking, [2014]
Subject: Ringer, Jenifer. New York City Ballet. Ballerinas -- United States -- Biography. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women. RELIGION / Christian Life / General. SELF-HELP / Eating Disorders.
Isbn: 9780670026494 (hardback)
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Format: Book
Author: Ringer, Jenifer.
Title: Dancing through it : my journey in the ballet / Jenifer Ringer.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : Viking, [2014]
Description: 275 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Subjects: Ringer, Jenifer.
Subjects: New York City Ballet.
Subjects: Ballerinas -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
Subjects: RELIGION / Christian Life / General.
Subjects: SELF-HELP / Eating Disorders.
Notes: Includes index.
LCCN: 2013036975
ISBN: 9780670026494 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: B Ringer