10 ballet novels [for adults] you’ll love

Interested in my dance-related fiction? Check out Off Balance and the award-winning Outside the Limelight, Books 1 and 2 of the Ballet Theatre Chronicles, as well as A Dancer’s Guide to Africa. Forthcoming in January 2021 is Ballet Orphans, a Ballet Theatre Chronicles prequel. For a long time, “ballet fiction” meant the books that catered to young girls, slim tomes with … Read more 10 ballet novels [for adults] you’ll love

Maggie Shipstead’s astonishing ballet novel, Astonish Me

The choreography is old-fashioned, but as Rusakov circles the stage doing high, perfect coupés jetés en tournant, his technique is not fusty but pure. His movements are quick but unhurried, impossible in their clarity and difficulty and extraordinary in how they seem to burst from nowhere, without any apparent effort or preparation. But the beauty … Read more Maggie Shipstead’s astonishing ballet novel, Astonish Me