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Winter Season A Dancer's Journal (Paperback)

Author:  Toni Bentley
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0813027055
ISBN-13: 9780813027050
Sku: 33823873
Publish Date: 9/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  150
Age Range:  NA
An irresistible inside look at one of the world's great dance companies, Winter Season is also a sensitive, intimate, and almost painfully honest account of the emotional and intellectual development of a young woman dedicated to one of the most demanding of all the arts.
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Bentley's association with the New York City Ballet began when she was accepted by the affiliated School of American Ballet at the age of eleven. Seven years later, she became a member of the company. In the fall of 1980, as the winter season opened, she found herself facing an emotional crisis: her dancing was not going well. At 22 she felt that her life had lost direction. To try to make something of her experience, on paper if not on stage, she began to keep a journal, describing her day-to-day activities and looking back on her past. The result is perhaps the closest that most of us will ever come to knowing what it feels like to be a dancer, on stage and off. It also offers memorable glimpses of some notable members of the City ballet, with, at the center, the man whose vision they all served - George Balanchine.
Toni Bentley's dancer memoir, written when she was 22 years old and dancing with the New York City Ballet, has become a minor classic. The book chronicles the excruciating and unforgiving lifestyle of a ballet dancer: 12-hour days with nearly nothing to eat, bloody feet from hours on point, nearly no social life as a result of the endless pursuit of perfection. But WINTER SEASON is no condemnation. Bentley's book balances these brutal realities with an unreserved love of dance and a nearly monastic devotion to the rigors of the art. Indeed, when Bentley briefly gives up dancing to pursue love, literature, and a more normal life, she suffers greatly from the lack of dance, and soon finds herself returning the beautiful tyranny of the stage.


"[WINTER SEASON] is one of the most intelligent and introspective glimpses ever offered into one of the most competitive and excruciatingly nervous existences in the arts." 08/29/1982

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0150
Product attributePublisher:   University Press of Florida
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