Chloe Angyal’s New Book Probes Ballet’s Shortcomings—and Asks How We Can Fix Them (Dance Magazine)

Chloe Angyal was best known for her incisive, feminist takes on politics and pop culture when she started writing about ballet for HuffPost in 2016. A former dancer with an undergraduate degree in sociology and a PhD in media studies, Angyal brought both an insider’s and an outsider’s perspective to her widely read articles, which connected ballet-world afflictions—sexism, racism, classism, homophobic bullying—to the larger currents shaping contemporary culture.

As story after story ballooned past its word count, a book idea began to take shape. Angyal’s Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers is Saving Ballet from Itselfout this month from Bold Type Books, offers a clear-eyed look at a complex, fragile ecosystem. She interviewed nearly 100 people—from pre-pointe students to artistic directors—about their love for and frustration with the art form. Ballet must change, Angyal argues, if it is to survive.

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