Renée E. D’Aoust


Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press)

Body of a Dancer, published by Etruscan Press, is a memoir of interlacing essays that explores the brutal and passionate world of modern dance in New York City. Martha Graham changed the course of dance and established it as an American art form, but in America, there is one role for every four hundred trained dancers. We find muscle and desire -- day jobs and defeat. Body of a Dancer interweaves dance history with the stories of contemporary dancers to explore the ties that bind us to creative pursuits.

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Body of a Dancer was a finalist for ForeWord's 2011 Book of the Year Award in Memoir/Autobiography. Many of D’Aoust’s essays, including three in Body of a Dancer, have been named “Notable Essays” by Best American Essays.

“A powerful story of art and passion....”

-Dinty Moore,

author of Between Panic and Desire