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Crying in the Subway: Personal Indulgences No. 18

Every once in so often, a friend or colleague asks to read the manuscript of a children's book I've written and am trying to place, The (True) Life Story of a Dancing Cat. A number of these readers subsequently report that the story made them cry in the subway. Although I've published over two dozen books for young people, this is the only fiction that deals with dancing (my more visible beat). It has been sold three times and each time--talk about bad luck!--catastrophe kept it from being published, though I was allowed to keep the advance … [Read more...]

“Ballet Diary” Index

"Ballet Diary" is a series of nine essays I posted on SEEING THINGS in the spring season of 2010. The individual essays are listed below. To access any one of them, click on its title (for example, Ballet Diary No. 1). Introducing the first of the essays, I wrote: Year after year New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, the kingpins of classical dance here in the States, insist upon competing with each other at Lincoln Center. As springtime slips into summer, the two troupes play mostly overlapping seasons--this year, eight weeks … [Read more...]

Ballet Diary No. 9

Ballet Diary No.9: American Ballet Theatre: All-Classic [Masters] program; ABT Premieres program; Natalia Osipova dancing Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet (ABT's season at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, NYC, closed on July 10, 2010) Note: This is No. 9 in the series "Ballet Diary"--comments on the 2010 spring seasons of New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, along with related performances. To read previous pieces in the series, click here: No. 1; No. 2; No. 3; No. 4; No. 5; No. 6; No.7; No. 8. The … [Read more...]

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