Ballet in Print: Bunheads

Multi-talented artist Sophie Flack has authored her first book, an intriguing novel about the world of a young corp de ballet dancer in a fictional company, Manhattan Ballet. Sophie is a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and surely drew on her nine years with the company in creating characters for the story. (She once said that she’d like to write an updated version of the famous memoir called Winter Season from another NYCB dancer.)

Ms. Flack was open to the press about having tough time departing from NYCB a couple years ago, as she was included in the controversial layoffs of early 2009. I could not be happier to see that she has made it through that transition and is fostering her creativity in new ways!

Swan Lake Samba Girl Tonya Plank was on location at a recent book signing with Flack, where long lines of blossoming balletomanes created an atmosphere of excitement. Check out her report on the event, and pre-order or pick up a copy of Bunheads through Amazon, GoodReads or select bookstores!

5 thoughts on “Ballet in Print: Bunheads

  1. Lorna says:

    I could not find a place on her site to review this book, do you know if it is suitable for my 13yr old fanatical Ballerina 🙂

    • ClassicalBalletTeacher says:

      Lorna – Unfortunately I do not have a copy myself. I haven’t heard of anything objectionable being in it save for some references to maturation – nothing you wouldn’t expect. I put out some feelers and asked a friend who has it and Ms. Flack as well. If I can get any info for you, I’ll let you know.

      • ClassicalBalletTeacher says:

        Hi again Lorna! I’m sorry it’s taken so much time for me to get back to you. My summer has been extremely busy, but I did want to be sure and get you an answer. After a review of the book, courtesy of the nice folks at the publishing house, there are a few points of interest for you. First is that an expletive is used in the book a couple of times. Secondly is that a physical relationship is implied at one point in the book between the main character and another character. Finally, the maturity of the female body is mentioned very briefly. I personally found the book much, much more mild than, say, the Twilight series. However it is not as wholesome as, for example, the Harry Potter books. If I had to give it a rating, it would be PG-13.

        I hope this covers the information you need to decide on the appropriateness of this well-written fiction story. Thank you again for reading BalletScoop!

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