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A welcome autobiography,
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This review is from: Daria Klimentova - Agony and Ecstasy: My Life In Dance (Hardcover)
This is a very easy and enjoyable read and gives a down-to-earth look at a dancer's life. Klimentova herself comes across as well -grounded and is candid about her sometimes volatile relationships with former stage partners and artistic directors yet always acknowledging their positive aspects. She is also very complimentary about her ballerina colleagues which should make a refreshing change for readers whose idea of a ballet company is coloured by the film "Black Swan". Not every dancer can expect to be taken into a professional company as a soloist at the tender age of 18, as Klimentova was, but the fact that she is still at the top over twenty years later is testament to her hard work and dedication and, of course, her immense talent. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a truthful 'behind-the-scenes' look at the ballet world. I have only given four stars instead of five as I would have loved the book to have more photographs and it could have done with better quality editing for various factual and grammatical errors. However, these criticisms do not detract from the charm of this book.