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The Everyday Dancer by [Bull, Deborah]
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'The Everyday Dancer' is a shared story: an attempt to tell the truth about dancers' lives. And it is wonderful. --Observer, October 2, 2011

One of the most attractive characteristics of this book is the way the author never loses sight of her beginnings ... I found it enthralling. --Dancing Times, October 1, 2011

I am struck by [Deborah Bull's] remarkable honesty...this is the book that sets it all straight and provides the truest insight into this mysterious world of any book I have ever read.
--ballet.co.uk, October 2011

The magic of musical creation is what threads its way through ...These are the thoughts of a profoundly engaged artist...he offers fascinating side-lights on how he builds a role, and thinks about the voice. --Independent, September 30, 2011

Bostridge writes particularly well about Handel...because he, perhaps uniquely, is in a position to combine an 18th-century historian's depth of contextual understanding with an insider's knowledge of how this music works vocally...reading this sparkling collection leaves one keen for more --Sunday Times, October 2, 2011

Deborah Bull is an articulate, descriptive and enthusiastic writer...When the curtain falls, remember her words: 'Forget Degas and his pastel picture-book perfection.' This is the real dance world: tough, sometimes heartbreaking...but always triumphant and alive. --The Lady, November 4, 2011

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A vibrant and compelling first-hand portrait of the life of a dancer, from writer and dancer Deborah Bull.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1037 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G21C6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well, I cant believe I'm the first to review this because I assume it would have quite a wide audience. People seem to be fascinated by the everday life of a dancer and I am certainly one of them. Its a simple, easy read and yet offers so much between its covers.

The book tries in some way to help the curious reader to visualise how an extraordinary dancer produces something so extraordinary on a daily basis, and which in their lives is a perfectly ordinary daily event. It gives a beautifully clear insight into what goes into the daily physical discipline, the psychology, and the daily detail of the creation of these extraordinary performances, described from class till curtain fall. All this from the eyes of a generic dancer who makes it to the top, with personal insight from Deborah, who of course did so (the book doesnt deal with those who fail, or dont make it at all). So many interviewers ask these questions of our most famous dancers, and here it is all set out for you. Some details which are gleaned from her own personal experiences (although its not an autobiography by any means) are just beautifully revealing. In particular she describes the feeling of looking for her name on the cast list, and of it feeling like a lottery and learning to accept that. She illustrates this by saying how she felt she had won a golden ticket whenever she was cast opposite Jonathan Cope....although this may be no surprise to some readers, its still very enlightening to read the book and really understand why.

If you are a regular ballet fan, read it and imagine your favourite dancers going about their day, and feel as if you can imagine exactly what they are doing as you are sipping your pre performance drink or rushing into your seat at curtain up.
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Ideal for dancers or those who have been in the profession earlier in life. Rather like a therapy session for the author in places, however, completely accurate and true. Small book, large writing, easy to read and hold. Very pleased to own it.
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Deborah Bull is a master at combining the reality and magic of being a ballet dancer. This is a compelling and enjoyable read of a dancer's life. For a dancer, to dance is to breathe. The relentless push to perfection, the agony and the ecstacy in getting there. It's all brought to life in this account of a dancer's life and with humour too.This is a 'must read' for ballet students and ballet lovers. I absolutely loved it. Enjoy.
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Format: Hardcover
The Everyday Dancer is many things at once: a memoir, a fascinating anthropological study of a ballerina's secret world, and homage to the craft itself. Bull has meticulously recreated her past so that we can experience it for ourselves, and, as a former Principal with the Royal Ballet, her insights explore what makes the stage life, and the ballerina's experience within it, so intriguing.

Her wit and intelligence make it an easy and satisfying read. She structures her book around the day of a ballerina, including its context within her career, so that the reader is drawn into the suspense of the evening's performance.

That all being said, I already loved ballet - before I read this book, I had pursued the dream through high school and the experience left an indelible imprint inside me: Bull didn't have to convince me.

The reality of the stage life would seem exotic to someone who has never experienced it. As Bull points out, ballerinas depart mainstream society for a boarding school around age 10, bypass university to start a career directly, and routinely wake up at 10 am. But if anything can bridge that gap between us and them, it would be this book. I would recommend it not just to those curious about the world of ballet, but more generally, to those curious to explore human life in such extraordinary circumstances.
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Format: Hardcover
As a dancing fan, but by no means "a dancer", i was excited to read what life is really like for someone who's 9 to 5 (or 10 to 10 as we learn) is to dance.

I loved this book. It's style was easy to read, there are really fascinating peeks into all sorts of things that you would never think of, and the use of references to common everyday events enables you to identify with many areas of the dancer's life.

If you have a keen interest in dance, then I believe that you will find this book engaging.
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The Everyday Dancer

When I bought this book I thought it would be a rather straight forward, matter-of-fact description of life behind the scenes in a ballet company. Well, it's certainly much more than that! I really did not want to put this book down once I had started reading it (however, one must go to bed at sometime). It portrays a typical day in the life of ballet dancers, be they in the corps de ballet, soloists or principals, but in such a way as to be absolutely gripping.

Light is also shed on the role played by choreographers, ballet mistresses, répétiteurs, stagehands and others who work unseen behind that big curtain and of whose existence for the most part we are probably consciously unaware (at least this was the case with me). The career prospects of dancers are also addressed, from first entering ballet school, up through the ranks (alas, not for everyone, many are called but few are chosen) until their last performance and final bow, and the curtain comes down forever.

I must confess that at times, whilst reading this book, it was almost as if I were there, amongst all those dancers, experiencing all the ups and downs, the sweat and the tears, and the aches and the pains. There is pathos here too. How incredibly fascinating; pathos in a book that I originally thought (judging by the title) was going to be rather prosaic and hum-drum! Good natured and humorous wit also abounds throughout.

This has to be one of the best books that I have ever read, and I have read an awful lot of them in my time.
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