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The "characters" of Off Balanceby Suzanne Gordon


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#1 LunaTick

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 10:56 AM

I recently found this book in my basement and started reading through it again. I know it's mainly a negative view of the ballet world and I take most of what is written on those pages with a grain of salt. But does anyone know what happened to some of the people she dexcribed in the book? Like Tracey Goza, Dottie Hoeuy (sp?) and some of the girls she describes with pseuds. Especially the girl who's mother was very pushy.

Did she ever write more pieces on ballet after that? Or was she permantly banned from all dance performances? lol

#2 LunaTick

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 01:53 PM

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ever been curious about this topic, so I'm just going to go ahead and reply to myself, haha.

I googled all the real people in that book and pretty much the only results I came up with were for Lisa Reinhard who has been fairly successful with choreography (I saw her Nutcracker by the Milwaukee Ballet and it still remains my favorite version.. I didn't realize until I did that search that she was the one who had done it) I also came up with some results for Kristine Soleri. She is now apparently a ceramics artist and shows her work around the country.

I was very interested to see if Tracy Goza came up, but I got no results that looked like they were the Tracy from the book (mostly geneology stuff anyway). Also no results for Dottie Hoeuy, but that didn't really surprise me, she didn't seem to be destined for greatness in the ballet world. (but I loved her mom!)

Any other ideas of what happened to some of those other dancers??

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Posted 12 February 2004 - 05:08 PM

Don't have much to add -- although I remember reading the book when it came out at the time and agree it'd be interesting to find out what happened to the "characters" -- but I believe Lisa Reinhard is married or otherwise with Baryshnikov. Or was this in the book? Maybe I have even less to add than I thought! :shrug:

#4 Marga

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Posted 14 February 2004 - 08:17 AM

The only Lisa I can find in this book is Lisa de Ribere, who has had a well-documented career. Lisa Rinehart is the former ABT dancer who is married to Baryshnikov (he calls her his wife although most media report her as his "long-time companion") and is the mother of 3 of his children. She is not mentioned at all in Off Balance. On which pages is 'Lisa Reinhard' mentioned? I skimmed the book twice yesterday (there's no index) and couldn't find her name.

#5 LunaTick

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Posted 14 February 2004 - 01:12 PM

Wow, that is so bizarre! I meant Lisa de Ribere when I posted earlier and I have no idea where I pulled Reinhard from! I wasn't even consciously aware that she was Barys. wife! (although now that I think about it I can remember her name) Isn't it funny the way your mind plays tricks on you somtimes.

I'm still really curious about Tracey Goza and what became of her so I'm going to shamelessly bump this to the top to see if anyone knows what happened to her. Thanks for your answers though!!!

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 12:01 AM

I know this is an old thread but I just now came across it.

Traci not (Tracey) Goza and I were married in Oct 2003. So I can tell you that right now she is living in her home state of Texas and attending college. She was living here in Canada from 2002 - 2009.

I assume your talking about Traci Goza, from New York City Ballet in the late 70's. Goza is a pretty unique name so you must be. I'll tell her about this thread and see if she wants to chime in or not.

Michael

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 07:10 PM

Thanks, Michael! Having read the book many, many years ago, I, too, was curious about your wife. It's nice to know where talented dancers' lives lead.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:47 PM

It's been many years since I read 'Off Balance' but it made a strong impression and like Marga I too would like to hear about Ms. Goza and what became of the dedicated young dancers of the book. Thanks for posting, Michael.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:58 AM

I know that she wasn't in the book, but Lisa Rinehart has written wonderful reviews for danceviewtimes.


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