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A behind-the-curtains look at the rarefied world of classical ballet from a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet
In her charming and self-effacing voice, Jenifer Ringer covers the highs and lows of what it’s like to make it to the
top in the exclusive, competitive ballet world. From the heart-pounding moments waiting in the wings before a
performance to appearing on Oprah to discuss weight and body image among dancers, Dancing Through It is moving and
Raised in South Carolina, Ringer led a typical kid’s life until she sat in on a friend’s ballet class, an experience
that would change her life forever. By the age of twelve she was enrolled at the elite Washington School of Ballet and
soon moved to the School of American Ballet. At sixteen she was a professional dancer at the New York City Ballet in
Manhattan, home of the legendary George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.
Ringer takes us inside the dancer’s world, detailing a typical day, performance preparation, and the extraordinary
pressures that these athletes face. Ringer shares exhilarating stories of starring in Balanchine productions, working
with the famous Peter Martins, and of meeting her husband and falling in love at the New York City Ballet. Ringer also
talks candidly of Alistair Macauley’s stinging critique of her weight in his 2010 New York Times review of The
Nutcracker that ignited a public dialogue about ballet and weight. She unflinchingly describes her personal struggles
with eating disorders and body image, and shares how her faith helped her to heal and triumph over these challenges.