|Primary Format: Cloth|
|Size:||6 x 9 in.|
|Subject(s):||Biography and Letters|
Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era
Laura Young and Janine ParkerE-book: $24.99
"In this book, with candor and grace, Young allows us to enter the real-life world behind the one on stage."
At once a self-portrait, a character study of Boston, and an intimate, inside look at the art of ballet. . . . In this book, with candor and grace, Young allows us to enter the real-life world behind the one on stage.
[An] Absorbing, intimate. . . . [and] valuable memoir.
There is a compelling story here to tell, an informative story here to tell, and an astute and practical take on a dancer’s life that is a must read for those involved in the dance world.?
—NewsNotes Dance Blog
For a quarter century, Laura Young was the face of Boston Ballet. . . . Just as she did on stage, Young communicates with laser-like precision, delivering a tour de force of high drama and low comedy that follows the fortunes of the company and her life at the center of that company. Boston Ballerina is an important addition to the lexicon of dance history and most decidedly a delicious read.
—Bruce Marks, internationally acclaimed dancer, director, and choreographer
With generosity, loyalty to her mentors and peers, attention to detail, and a sense of humor, Laura Young has given us an up close and personal look at the raising of a gifted ballerina, coupled with-at last-a history of the founding and early decades of the Boston Ballet. Her book relates the improbable staying power of a dance company that planted itself on the inhospitable shores of Puritan New England to become one of the region’s indispensable treasures.
—Iris Fanger, dance and theater historian and critic
Laura Young deftly and engagingly weaves together the story of her own career, the development of the Boston Ballet, and the accelerating importance of the art form in America. Today we are in a darker period for ballet, yet Boston’s troupe still thrives. . . . Young’s story is a heartening narrative of how much hard and creative work America has been able to muster in the name of beauty and inspiration.
I can think of few other dance books that provide such a detailed and engaging account of the way dance companies develop. . . . Anyone interested in the history of dance in America should make sure to read this book.
LAURA YOUNG was a company dancer in the Boston Ballet since its inception in 1965 and continues with the organization as a faculty member in its school. JANINE PARKER, also a former dancer, is an artist-in-residence at Williams College. Parker has been teaching and writing about dance for many years.