Dancing Through It

Dancing Through It

My Journey in the Ballet

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Penguin Putnam
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.


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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 onOprah to discuss weight and body image among dancers, Dancing Through Itis 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 2010New 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.

Baker & Taylor
A behind-the-curtains tour of the rarefied world of classical ballet from the perspective of a New York City Ballet principal dancer discusses its highs and lows while recounting her childhood, the typical experiences of a dancer's day and the highlights that have defined her career.

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New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancer Ringer's autobiography exposes the world of professional dance and the challenges of following an ambitious dream as a young and maturing person. Starting from her beginnings hobby dancing as a child, she describes her thoughts and feelings as she went to her first ballet audition, chose dance as her vocation and trained, joined the NYCB at sixteen, and began to undergo interacting changes in her body, emotions, and professional stress. She discusses beginning to date boys, her eating disorders, her break from dance after becoming overweight to recover, routines for preparing and moments of improvisation in performance, how marriage to a fellow dancer and family mixed with her career, and how her Christian faith supported her through it all. A section of color plates illustrates moments from throughout her dance practice. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Baker
& Taylor

A tour of the rarefied world of classical ballet from the perspective of a New York City Ballet principal dancer discusses its highs and lows while recounting her childhood, the typical experiences of a dancer's day, and the highlights that have defined her career.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2014]
ISBN: 9780670026494
0670026492
Characteristics: 275 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

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debraliying
Apr 24, 2017

I love how she wrote about the obstacles she had faced, and having a good career at last.

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Squirt_tastic
Aug 09, 2014

As a former dancer, I loved the insight into some of the funnier aspects of dance, and I greatly appreciate the honesty about her struggles with her weight and the pressures put on her. It was a little more religious than I would have liked, but at the same time, she shows how necessary it is for dancers to have something outside of dance to make their lives more fulfilling.

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