Body of a Dancer

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  • Copyright: 2011-11-29
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"Renee D'Aoust's writing is sharp and funny, twisting and turning through the mind's eye like the many dancers she so adroitly conjures. Her sentences thrum with life, propelled by felicities of tone, rhythm, and pacing. The woman throws a mean sucker punch."--Claudia La Rocco, dance critic "A remarkably clear-eyed descent into New York's surreal world of modern dance peopled by the obsessed, dispossessed, sexy, suicidal, brutal, broke, and absurd."--Lance Olsen, author of Nietzsche's Kisses The award-winning writer Renee E. D'Aoust draws from her experiences as a modern dancer in New York during the nineties. Her luminous prose spotlights this passionate, often brutal world. Trained at the prestigious Martha Graham Center, D'Aoust intertwines accounts of her own and other dancers' lives with essays on modern dance history. A dancer's body, scarred, strained, and tough, bears witness to the discipline demanded by the art form. Body of a Dancerprovides a powerful, acidly comic record of what it is to love, and eventually leave, a life centered on dance. Renee E. D'Aoust's essays have been featured as notable essays in Best American Essaysin 2006, 2007, and 2009. Her nonfiction work has been included in the anthology Reading Dance, edited by Robert Gottlieb and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. D'Aoust is the recipient of an NEA Dance Criticism fellowship and grants from The Puffin Foundation and the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Authors Notep. xii
Overture: Body of a Dancerp. 3
p. 13
p. 25
p. 35
p. 41
p. 49
p. 67
p. 85
p. 93
p. 113
p. 125
p. 133
p. 147
Coda: Ballerina Blunders & a Few Male Danseursp. 157
A Note About Gratitudep. 167
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