Ballet Writer And Teacher Gavin Larsen Releases New Memoir – Being a Ballerina
Gavin Larsen is pleased to announce the release of her new memoir, Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life. The book was released by the University Press of Florida in April 2021.
Starting with her arrival as a young beginner at a class too advanced for her, Larsen tells how the embarrassing mistake ended up helping her learn quickly and advance rapidly. In other stories of her early teachers, training, and auditions, she explains how she gradually came to understand and achieve what she and her body were capable of.
Larsen then re-creates scenes from her experiences in dance companies, from unglamorous roles to exhilarating performances. Working as a ballerina was shocking and scary at first, she says, recalling unexpected injuries, leaps of faith, and her constant struggle to operate at the level she wanted—but full of enormously rewarding moments. Larsen also reflects candidly on her difficult decision to retire at age 35.
An ideal read for aspiring dancers, Larsen's memoir will also delight experienced dance professionals and fascinate anyone who wonders what it takes to live a life dedicated to the perfection of the art form.
Praise for Being a Ballerina:
"VERDICT: Dancing 'full out' means going all out during practice rather than saving energy for the performance. In this memoir Larsen is writing full out, and we are the lucky audience of her performance. Balletomanes, dance students, and aspiring dancers will applaud this absorbing account." ― Library Journal, Starred Review
"This is the best book I've ever read about becoming and being a dancer. Every word rings true." ― Robert Gottlieb, editor and dance critic
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