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Books for Ballet Lovers
Being a huge ballet lover and fan I have read and have been given all types of ballet books so I thought I would make a categorised list from my bookshelf and wish list. Please feel free to add suggestions that I may have missed.
No Way Home by Carlos Acosta
Harper Perennial ISBN 978-0007250783
Xander Parish, Russian Prince
This tells the extraordinary story of the former Royal Ballet dancer, whose exceptional talent was spotted by Yuri Fateyev, artistic director of the legendary St Petersburg company.
ISBN 978-09549804-6-7 £15.95
Rudolf Nureyev, The Life by Judith Kavanagh
A fascinating biography of one of the worlds most famous ballet dancers. It covers his highs and lows and you will laugh and cry. A real work of love.
Penguin ISBN- 978-0141029696
Daria Klimentova, The Agony and Ectasy by Daria Klimentova and Graham Watts
Autobiography of Daria Klimentova Senior Principal at English National Ballet. Daria had forged a remarkable partnership with the young Russian Principal, Vadim Muntagirov,
Metro Books ISBN 978-1857828832
Margot Fonteyn by Meredith Daneman
The extraordinary life of one of Britains most loved prima ballerina's.
Penguin ISBN 978-0140165302
Dancer in Wartime by Gillian Lynne
Biography of a young dancer working her way through the ranks in WW2 alonside such names as Fonteyn and Moira Shearer. I thought this was a delight. Very insightful and fascinating.
Vintage ISBN 978-0099555773
Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell
The extraordinary story of Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova who lived a long and remarkable life.
Orion ISBN- 978-0753825785
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
Told in his own distinctive voice, this is Li's inspirational story of how he came to be Mao's last dancer, and one of the world's greatest ballet dancers.
Penguin ISBN: 978-0141040226