Ballet News | The Top 5 ballet reads
There are many books, both fiction and non-fiction, where the author has taken classical ballet as their subject. I’ve reviewed quite a few of them for Ballet News over time, and my choice here represents my absolute must-have reading. It didn’t even take any debate – they are all outstanding in their own right.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a ballet student, a professional dancer or if you just enjoy a good performance – these books will make you smile, let you into a secret or two, dispel the myths about ballet (especially backstage) to keep it real, and generally entertain you through crisp, mellow Autumn, into snowy Winter and beyond.
If you have these 5 books in your ballet bag, you’re sorted! If you don’t, they’d make great Christmas presents.
Where available, I’ve included the Kindle edition – and please remember that Kindle books can be read on just about any kind of device; you don’t need a Kindle.
So, here’s my Top 5 Ballet Reads.
In no particular order :
1. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
3. So you want to be a ballet dancer? by Jennifer Kronenberg
4. Anatomy, Dance Technique & Injury Prevention by Justin Howse and Moira McCormack
5. The Everyday Dancer by Deborah Bull
And finally….. a reader BONUS! My own Cupcakes & Conversation, currently available in four volumes :