Jenifer Ringer

discusses

Dancing Through It:
My Journey in the Ballet

Doors open at 7:45pm

Co-sponsored by the José Mateo Ballet Theatre

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
26
Wednesday
February 26, 2014
9:00 PM

Location

José Mateo Ballet Theatre
400 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome one of the principle dancers with the New York City Ballet, JENIFER RINGER, for a discussion of her memoir Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet.

In her charming and self-effacing voice, Jenifer Ringer covers the highs and lows of what it’s like to make it to the top in the exclusive, competitive ballet world. From the heart-pounding moments waiting in the wings before a performance to appearing on Oprah to discuss weight and body image among dancers, Dancing Through It is moving and revelatory.

Raised in South Carolina, Ringer led a typical kid’s life until she sat in on a friend’s ballet class, an experience that would change her life forever. By the age of twelve she was enrolled at the elite Washington School of Ballet and soon moved to the School of American Ballet. At sixteen she was a professional dancer at the New York City Ballet in Manhattan, home of the legendary George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

Ringer takes us inside the dancer’s world, detailing a typical day, performance preparation, and the extraordinary pressures that these athletes face. Ringer shares exhilarating stories of starring in Balanchine productions, working with the famous Peter Martins, and of meeting her husband and falling in love at the New York City Ballet. Ringer also talks candidly of Alistair Macauley’s stinging critique of her weight in his 2010 New York Times review of The Nutcracker that ignited a public dialogue about ballet and weight. She unflinchingly describes her personal struggles with eating disorders and body image, and shares how her faith helped her to heal and triumph over these challenges.

Jenifer Ringer
Jenifer Ringer

Jenifer Ringer

Jenifer Ringer is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB). Before joining NYCB as an apprentice in 1989, she studied at the School of American Ballet. She is married to former NYCB principal dancer James Fayette. They live in New York City.

José Mateo Ballet Theatre
400 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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