Beyond Bunheads: Ballet Books for Everyone

Shelf Renewal

Last week, Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Copeland is the first African-American woman to be named a principal in the company’s 75-year history. (She became a viral superstar with last year’s inspiring Under Armour commercial.) You may soon find all copies of her 2014 autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerinachecked out. Steer ballet fans (or those who suddenly want to be) to these totally “on pointe” titles.

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, by Jennifer Homans
Bunheads, by Sophie Flack (YA)
The Cranes Dance, by Meg Howrey
Dancer, by Colum McCannLife in Motion
The Dancer Upstairs, by Nicholas Shakespeare
Dancing on My Grave, by Gelsey Kirkland
Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, by Jenifer Ringer
Granny Dan, by Danielle Steel
Holding On to the Air: An Autobiography, by Suzanne Farrell and Toni Bentley
Mao’s Last Dancer, by Li Cunxin
The Master’s Muse, by Varley O’Connor
Margot Fonteyn, by Meredith Daneman
Misha: The Mikhail Baryshnikov Story, by Barbara Aria
Nureyev: The Life, by Julie Kavanagh
The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Pointe, by Brandy Colbert (YA)

About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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