Ballet Matters

A Cultural Memoir of Dance Dreams and Empowering Realities


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About the Book

Part memoir, part dance history and ethnography, this critical study explores ballet’s power to inspire and to embody ideas about politics, race, women’s agency, and spiritual experience. The author knows that dance relates to life in powerful individual and communal ways, reflecting culture and embodying new ideas. Although ballet can appear (and sometimes is) elite and exclusionary, it also has revolutionary potential.

About the Author(s)

A former dancer, actor and journalist, Jennifer Fisher, Ph.D. is a professor of dance studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Bibliographic Details

Jennifer Fisher

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: 34 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7475-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3468-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. The Stories We Tell: Memoir Ethnography 11
2. Ballet as a Blueprint 36
3. How to Choose a Profession 75
4. Pilgrimage to Theatre Street and Home 107
5. Finding My Religion 144
Bibliography 187
Index 193