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Being a Ballerina: A new book (plus interview with the author, Gavin Larsen)


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Gavin Larsen is a first-time author who has just published a memoir about - as the title so precisely expresses - Being a Ballerina: The Power and Perfection of a Dancing Life

I highly recommend this book for aspiring dancers who wish to have insight into the industry, as well as current or retired professionals who will find so much detail, emotion, and experience that they can relate to. As the author herself suggests, although the stories are (obviously) about ballet, anyone who is passionate about something in particular will be able to see themselves in her writing.

Larsen is an excellent storyteller - in fact, you may have already read her in Pointe or Dance Teacher, publications for which she is a contributor.

Here's the link to read more about Gavin, an interview with her, and links to purchase her book should you feel inspired to do so :)

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Thank you for this heads up about the book and interview.

I loved Larsen's dancing, and was sad when she left PNB.  I was glad I was able to see her dance a few performances with OBT.

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I've got it on my calendar to order it from a local bookstore as soon as it's released.  (They have a tendency to ignore instructions to hold the rest of my order and ship together if I place a pre-order.)

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Here are links to two podcast interviews with Larsen:

Conversations on Dance, with Michael Breeden and Rebecca King Ferraro

https://conversationsondancepod.com/2021/04/21/gavin-larsen-book/

 

The Dance Edt Podcast, starting a little before the 27" mark:

https://thedanceedit.com/liam-scarletts-death-building-a-better-theater-industry-and-gavin-larsen/

There's also an interview transcript here:

https://conversationsondancepod.com/2021/04/21/gavin-larsen-book/

 

Edited to add:

Here's link to Larsen's Facebook author page:

https://www.facebook.com/GavinLarsenAuthor/

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