Raising the Barre

Raising the Barre

Big Dreams, False Starts, & My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker

Book - 2015
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"When Lauren Kessler was twelve, her ballet instructor crushed not just her dreams of being a ballerina but also her youthful self-assurance. Now, many decades and three children later, Kessler embarks on a journey to join a professional company to perform in The Nutcracker. [This] is more than just one woman's story; it is a story about shaking things up, taking risks and ignoring good sense, and forgetting how old you are and how you're 'supposed' to act. It's about testing limits and raising the bar(re) on your own life"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
ISBN: 9780738218311
Branch Call Number: 792.8 KES
Characteristics: xvii, 254 pages ; 22 cm


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CMeyer123 May 12, 2016

Enjoyable read - for everyone, even if you are not a huge fan of the Nutcracker. Kessler made her dream of dancing in the Nutcracker - despite her middle age - a soul-searching, but fulfilling journey. Recommend it for all those who ever studied ballet, or enjoy attending a ballet. Maybe this next holiday season, I'll go see the Nutcracker .... and bring my daughter.


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