It's taken me a long time to read this book. I loved "Striking a Balance," but "Never Far from Dancing" was not nearly as enjoyable: for the most part, it was a catalog of mostly three complaints: 1. Dancers now have it good 2. Dancers now don't do things right 3. Current choreography is awful. (I almost tossed the book in the garbage after reading Desmond Kelly's "We sucked up injuries in my day" rant.) There were three notable exceptions: Alicia Alonso, Antoinette Sibley, whose voice hasn't changed, and Nina Ananiashvili, who was still dancing and running her company when the last interviews were done. Ananiashvili was the one who still sounded so live, it was a pleasure and a joy to "hear" her. For the most part, it was a depressing read.