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B Plus: Dancing for Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre


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Like most dancers in America, I started my ballet training in a small local studio run by a tireless soul who worked long hours and made little to no money. That soul was Paul Wallace and without people like him there would be no Baryshnikov's or Kirkland's or dancers in the corps de ballet at American Ballet Theatre. And again, like many ballet dancers, before finishing high school I was leaving home and moving to New York City to train at The School of American Ballet. My professional career began a couple of years later. When I was eighteen I was offered the role of Tadzio in San Francisco Opera's production of Death in Venice. Subsequently, I joined ATER Balleto, in Reggio Emila, Italy, and in 1980 was offered a job at American Ballet Theatre by Mikhail Baryshnikov, the company's new director. After six years in the corps de ballet at ABT I left to dance more important roles with Ballet du Nord in France. Once those satisfactions were behind me, I returned to New York to dance with Feld Ballet then worked at a succession of dance jobs in New York, Boston, and abroad. At age thirty-four, after sixteen years as a professional, I said goodbye to the performing life to devote attention to my studies at Brown University. Since 2004 I have been a regular contributor to Ballet Review, a quarterly dance publication in New York. I currently live in Miami where I make my living as a massage therapist.


"Michael Langlois's book is the only one I've ever read that's made me understand what life is like for those dancers talented enough to make a considerable place for themselves in a major company--in his case, American Ballet Theatre--yet not quite talented enough to rise to the very top. The intelligence of his perceptions and his generous ability to confront the realities are extremely appealing as well as bracingly instructive.In addition, his ABT was the formidable company run by Baryshnikov-the company of Misha himself, of Makarova and Kirkland. Langlois's personal and close-up view of these luminaries is highly revealing -- and endlessly entertaining. Yes, you think, this is what such a life in ballet must really have been like!" --Bob Gottlieb: Former Editor in Chief at Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New Yorker. Author of George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker

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