Every Step You Take

Every Step You Take

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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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.

Jock Soto, one of the greatest ballet dancers of our time chronicles the unique circumstances of his extraordinary career, his life among other legends of dance, and his background as a half-Navajo, half-Puerto Rican gay man struggling to succeed in the straight white world of the arts. Regarded as the greatest ballet dancer since Baryshnikov, Soto has achieved a level of success and fame enjoyed by few. Ballet aficionados will be familiar with Soto from the award-winning PBS documentary, Water Flowing Together, which chronicled his life and career. Now, lifelong dance adherents and causal fans alike will have the chance to hear the captivating story of one of the world’s greatest living performers.

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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.

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


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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.


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