I love reading anytime I have some spare time. There’s nothing better than having a book between the hands and a warm blanket on top. Actually, there is something better: having a good ballet book! If you enjoy reading too, here’s a collection of dancers’ biographies that you’ll love.
Natalia Makarova – A dance autobiography (by Natalia Makarova)
Natalia Makarova has been one of my greatest influences and role models, not only for her dancing, but especially for her personality. In her autobiography, filled with beautiful pictures, Makarova begins with her childhood in Russia and takes us up to the peaks of her career as a ballerina. She extensively talks about the spirituality and intellectuality of dance, about her difficulties and personal opinions. A very inspiring story for any dancer.
Rudolf Nureyev – The life (by Julie Kavanagh)
Does this book even need an introduction? So far, the richest and most complete biography of Rudolf Nureyev. It guides the reader through the life of Nureyev, revealing the hidden anecdotes and describing each event so precisely that it becomes easy to imagine the story. I totally recommend this book!
Twyla Tharp – Push comes to Shove (by Twyla Tharp)
I had no idea who Twyla Tharp was until I saw her choreography “In the Upper Room” and I loved it. I later found out that Tharp also choreographed the famous dance in the movie “White Nights” for Michail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines and many more masterpieces. Curious as I am, I looked for more information on who Twyla Tharp was and I found a long list of books written by her. In this autobiography, you can find every little detail of Twyla Tharp’s life.