Every Step You Take

Every Step You Take

A Memoir

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Interweaving the diverse strands of his life, the author, regarded as the greatest ballet dancer since Baryshnikov, reveals his extraordinary evolution into the man he is today, recalls his many professional relationships and describes the newest chapter in his life. 30,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

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 determined to embrace a new future, but he found himself obsessed with questions about his past?where had he come from, and where had he been?

Every Step You Take weaves together the diverse strands of Soto?s life: being the half-breed offspring of a Puerto Rican?Navajo couple, the gay son of a fiercely macho man, a naive teenager from the desert running in the sophisticated art world of New York, and a driven artist by day and hard-core party animal by night. Soto recalls his professional relationships with such icons as George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Darci Kistler, Lourdes Lopez, and many others. He shares his love of food throughout the book with recipes to mark the pivotal moments in his story. And he describes the newest chapter in his life: teaching at the renowned School of American Ballet.

Intimate and moving, Every Step You Take shows the honest and inspiring evolution of a remarkable man, a brilliant artist, and a living legend.



Baker
& Taylor

The former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet reveals his evolution from naive teenager to driven artist, recalls his many professional relationships, and describes the newest chapter in his life as a teacher at the School of American Ballet.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061732386
Branch Call Number: 793.32 SOTO SOTO
Characteristics: 271 pages

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

d
Drayjayeff
Sep 27, 2012

Enjoyed this memoir a great deal. I studied ballet as a child and became a passionate fan. A couple of decades older than Soto, I saw many of the greats on the QE stage in the sixties, seventies and early eighties. Among them was Peter Martins, who figures prominently (as his surrogate father) in the book. As a gay man, I can also appreciate his insecurities and relate to his fears. However, it’s a remarkable story that should be accessible to anyone who enjoys dance. How many fourteen year olds live alone in Manhattan while attending the School of American Ballet? Being promoted to principal dancer at the age of twenty-one also speaks to Soto’s ferocious dedication and prodigious ability. Descriptions (crafted with the help of Leslie Marshall) of collaborating with choreographers and partners and performing demanding works on stage or simply the sensations of movement are both compelling and convincing. Characters, too, are appealing and well-drawn (especially Jo, Jock’s Navajo mother), and the narrative is simple and affecting. (If you cry easily, keep a box of Kleenex handy.) Jock Soto and his partner are trained chefs. So recipes are sprinkled throughout. Unless you like very rich food, heavy on meat and dairy (neither of which I eat) though, you'll want to skip these.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at GL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top