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Ballerina: sex, scandal, and suffering behind the symbol of perfection

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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.
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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.
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subject_facetBallerinas
Ballerinas -- Biography
Ballet dancing -- History
Ballet dancing -- Social aspects
title_displayBallerina : sex, scandal, and suffering behind the symbol of perfection
title_fullBallerina : sex, scandal, and suffering behind the symbol of perfection / Deirdre Kelly
Ballerina Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection
title_shortBallerina
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Ballet dancing
History
Nonfiction
Performing Arts
Social aspects
Sociology
Women's Studies