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In the Wings: Behind the Scenes at the New York City Ballet

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Here is New York City Ballet as it really is- the good, the not so good, and the majestically beautiful. It's a true story, and it's told by someone who can honestly claim that he was there.
ebook, 128 pages
Published December 16th 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (first published October 1st 2007)
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Dec 18, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an enjoyable read for someone like me who enjoys ballet, but has no idea what goes into it. Froman, a ballet dancer himself, has his camera by his side in the studio and takes photos of all stages of the process; from warming up on the barre to using a laser in the physical therapy room, this is a side of ballet I had never seen. The photographs, featuring a wide variety of dancers and performances, are organized chronologically with where they would fall into a daily routine. From ...more
Photographic book of behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet. Photos better than the text.
Apr 24, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ballet
Really great photos in this chronicle of a day in the life of a ballet dancer. The writing is amateurish but also moving and conveys the joys and anxieties of dancing at NYCB. Froman could almost be any young man giving a daily account of his profesional life, and NYCB could almost be any demanding work place, except it's like totally not. Case in point, Froman's nice wrap-up at the end: "I have Vivaldi in my ears, Merrill in my head, and Balanchine in my body." Worth a look, especially for the ...more
Rachel C.
Between ABT, So You Think You Can Dance, Breaking Pointe and Bunheads, I've had ballet on the brain lately. So I rooted out a few books to borrow from the NYPL. "Starve a fever, feed an obsession" is what I say.

The photographs are gorgeous and they're from a rare insider's perspective, but the truth is that still photography will never be able to capture the magic of seeing a live ballet performance with live orchestral music.
A wonderful look at life backstage at NYCB. With this book, On Their Toes by Morris, and A Very Young Dancer, I've basically got picture books about being a dancer covered for ages 8, 10, and 12. Additionally, this book would be a great coffee table book, for those who like to clutter up tables with books.
Apr 01, 2012 Ava rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, adults, ballet fans, dancers
Shelves: coffee-table
Great photos, large book, backstage a dancer prepares, but disappointing as it has virtually no content. It should say that somewhere in the title and of course, it is expensive. But, for a coffee table, gift for a dancer or non, it definitely brings you behind the scenes. Perhaps I am jaded (;)
Aug 09, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I keep in my "all time favorite dance books" bookcase next to my bed. I am a dance photographer and Kyle's work is incredible and inspiring to me. I also love the fact that he was a dancer in the New York City Ballet, one of the greatest ballet companies in the world today.
Mar 19, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: balletomanes
Shelves: dance
Lovely pictures, but the text was unimpressive.
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