Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers Is Saving Ballet from Itself by Chloe Angyal

January 2022

This is a brutal and brutally honest analysis of ballet as an art, pastime and profession in the present day. Forget the whole over-the-top, “Black Swan” depictions of back-stabbing ballerinas and whatnot—the reality of ballet is more mundane, though just as awful in its own way: systemic racism and sexism, elitism, power imbalances, exploitation, tremendous physical, mental and financial stress…

I love ballet, but I am acutely aware of its ugly side (and frankly, most of it is ugly side—the only beautiful side is the one you see on stage when you’re in the audience), and I really appreciate this deep-dive into what’s wrong with ballet and, hopefully, what can be done to save it from itself.

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