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Raising the Barre : Big Dreams, False Starts, and My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker
by Lauren Kessler


Overview - Like generations of little girls, Lauren Kessler fell in love with ballet the first time she saw The Nutcracker , and from that day, at age five, she dreamed of becoming a ballerina. But when she was twelve, her very famous ballet instructor crushed those dreamsalong with her youthful self-assuranceand she stepped away from the barre.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Like generations of little girls, Lauren Kessler fell in love with ballet the first time she saw The Nutcracker, and from that day, at age five, she dreamed of becoming a ballerina. But when she was twelve, her very famous ballet instructor crushed those dreamsalong with her youthful self-assuranceand she stepped away from the barre.
Fast forward four decades. Laurensuddenly, powerfully, itchingly restless at midlifeembarks on a Transcontinental Nutcracker Binge Tour, where attending a string of performances in Chicago, New York, Boston, and San Francisco reignites her love affair with the balletand fuels her girlhood dream.
What ensues is not only a story about The Nutcracker itself, but also an inside look at the seemingly romanticbut oh-so-grittyworld of ballet, about all that happens away from the audience's eye that precedes the magic on stage. It is a tale told from the perspective of someone who not only loves it, but is also seeking to live it. Lauren's quest to dance The Nutcracker with the Eugene Ballet Company tackles the big issues: fear, angst, risk, resilience, the refusal to settle in to midlife, the refusal to become yet another Invisible Woman. It is also a very funny, very real look at what it's like to push yourself further than you ever thought you could goand what happens when you get there."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738218311
  • ISBN-10: 0738218316
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 272


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