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sex, scandal, and suffering behind the symbol of perfection
Deirdre Kelly

Published 2012 by Greystone Books in Vancouver, BC .
Written in English.

About the Book

Throughout her history, the ballerina has been perceived as the embodiment of beauty and perfection? the feminine ideal. But the reality is another story. From the earliest ballerinas in the 17th century-- who often led double lives as concubines-- through the poverty of the corps de ballet dancers in the 1800's and the anorexic and bulimic ballerinas of George Balanchine, starvation and exploitation have plagued ballerinas throughout history. Using the stories of great dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, Suzanne Farrell, Gelsey Kirkland, and Evelyn Hart, Deirdre Kelly exposes the true rigors for women in ballet. She rounds her critique with examples of how the world of ballet is slowly evolving for the better. But to ensure that this most graceful of dance forms survives into the future, she says that the time has come to rethink ballet, to position the ballerina at its center and accord her the respect she deserves.

Table of Contents

The feminization of ballet
Pimps, poverty, and prison
Bonfire ballerina
Striving and starving for attention
Laboring under an illusion
Changes afoot.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-244) and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
GV1787 .K35 2012

The Physical Object

ix, 254 p. :
Number of pages

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Internet Archive
9781926812663, 9781926812670

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