Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection

Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection

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Throughout her history, the ballerina has been perceived as the embodiment of beauty and perfection— the feminine ideal. But the reality is another story. From the earliest ballerinas in the 17th century, who often led double lives as concubines, through the poverty of the corps de ballet dancers in the 1800’s and the anorexic and bulimic ballerinas of George Balanchine, starvation and exploitation have plagued ballerinas throughout history.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Greystone Books (September 07, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 272 pages

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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