Magazine article Pointe

The Next Chapter

Magazine article Pointe

The Next Chapter

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Jenifer Ringer's memoir, Dancing Through It, describes her struggles with eating disorders.

New York City Ballet principalJenifer Ringer never thought she'd write a book about herself. But after the fallout from New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay's now-infamous 2010 comments about Ringer looking like she'd "eaten one sugar plum too many," she was approached by a literary agent. "Many people had already said my story helped them through their own weight struggles," Ringer says. "I thought a book might help even more people."

The result. Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, on sale in February, is a charming and unflinchingly honest account of Ringer's career, particularly her battle with eating disorders (now, thankfully. past). "It was difficult to write about my darkest hours, because a lot of it's not pretty," she says. "But one of the hallmarks of an eating disorder is shame-the sense that you don't want anyone to know what you're doing to yourself. …

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