Ballet Historiography – Deirdre Kelly on Sex, Scandal, & Suffering

Dance history nerds, listen up! Deirdre Kelly’s “Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection” is a must.  Kelly richly details the vapid socioeconomic struggle of ballerinas from the “courtesans” performing on stage for patrons (and in the bedrooms of Parisian elite) to the fight for fair wages and working conditions in companies…