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Every Step You Take: A Memoir

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In June 2005 Jock Soto, at forty years old, gave his farewell performance as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. The program, an event of unprecedented ambition, showcased pieces from five legendary choreographers, and it capped one of the most storied careers in ballet history—an ascent that be­gan when Soto was just three years old. After retiring, Soto was ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Harper
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Sheri St.
Sep 10, 2015 Sheri St. rated it liked it
Jock Soto describes his life as a Puertican/Native American who is interested and talented in dance. He initially learned the Native American hoop dance from his mother before eventually becoming an accomplished dancer. Soto moves to New York at a young age and dances with the New York City Ballet for many years. He talks about realizing he is gay and relationship struggles he experienced. He writes about his travels, famous people (from the dance world and outside of it) he met and his ventures ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Oct 08, 2016 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, dance
Reminds me of Jeannette Walls's Half Broke Horses, in a way. Jock has made a semi-normal life for himself despite being raised by parents who moved around constantly and didn't hold a job for long (not to mention his father's issues with fidelity).

Jock is painfully truthful about his own immaturity as he was learning about life and love in NYC as a teenager mostly on his own. But, you can feel his joy in dancing well and getting to do new works.
Lisa
Nov 05, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Every Step You Take: A Memoir is a look back for Jock Soto at his family and his career, sorting through the influences that made him a unique figure in the ballet world. The writing took great courage, as some of his family history must have been hard to face — some unpleasant truths about his father, in particular, and his mother’s family. He has an amazing life story, a story that I don’t think could even happen today, and his telling of it is quite humble.

Jock got interested in ballet at the
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Laura de Leon
3.5 stars

He's got a very interesting history, and I liked the glimpse into the life of this gay ballet dancer of Navajo/Puerto Rican heritage.

He actually lived in the Phoenix area around the same time I did, and he lived a similarly middle-class life at the time. There the similarities between our paths ends.

Even more than his talent (which I hear about indirectly in the book, but I don't really see, since it is hard to get the true nature of dance through the written word), I am awed by his d
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Katherine Coble
If the unexamined life is not worth living then Jock Soto's life has got to be one of the most worthy-of-living lives to have ever been lived. Soto has been the subject of countless articles, more than a few artists (he has an Andy Warhol portrait which consists mainly of his photo with Warhol's tracing around Soto's mouth and nose...), a very compelling documentary and now this autobiography. I've been a fan of Soto's since my teen years but I realised partway through the book that I have just ...more
V. Briceland
Apr 01, 2012 V. Briceland rated it liked it
Reading dancer Jock Soto's memoir is a bit like skipping dinner for a supper of circulating tiny hors d'oeuvres at a swank cocktail party—there are plenty of tasty morsels, though nothing really fills you up.

The book is initially narrated as if it's a memoir about a mixed-heritage gay man's relationship with his mother . . . but it's not, really, though it's obvious her passing affected him deeply. It should perhaps have been a comprehensive look at Soto's career as principal dancer within the N
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Margot
Jan 23, 2013 Margot rated it liked it
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The problem with most of the ballet books written by dancers is that... They are dancers, not writers (even when they get help with the writing). That being said if you start reading knowing this, your expectations will be about information and maybe reflexion, not about style.

Soto has a very interesting and different story to tell. His ethnicity plays a big role in the story and it's interesting. Also, you an read this book even if you don't know about ballet, Balanchine or the New York City Ba
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C. Purtill
Sep 22, 2011 C. Purtill rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, actually, the extra 1/2 for being a very quick read. Most memoirs I have to slog through but this was fun and sweet and Soto is so humble for all of the many gifts he was given. I would recommend this book to dancers and dance aficionados, for sure, all of whom would love a glimpse into the world of City Ballet.
Eva Stachniak
May 28, 2014 Eva Stachniak rated it really liked it
Jock Soto writes most beautifully about dancing and its importance for him. This is a story of his career, his growth as a dancer and the ballet knowledge he had learned on the way.

A fascinating read for anyone interested in ballet.
Katrina
Aug 25, 2013 Katrina rated it liked it
This was a quick read and moderately interesting memoir. The best part was the recipes Soto included. Soto was an incredible dancer.
pati
Jock Soto has displayed lots of courage in his lifetime - for leaving home for the Big Apple, for dancing, for exploring relationships both familial and intimate - Bravo!
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