My current novel-in-progress (lovingly and somewhat baudily referred to as my NIP) is set in the world of contemporary ballet, as opposed to novel #2, which was set in the classical music world and is indeed what brought me to violinist.com in the first place. It is a different experience writing about ballet dancers instead of violinists. For starters, I have twenty years' experience in being a ballet dancer, compared to three years with the violin, which, at the time of commencing novel #2, was hovering around zero experience. Why I should have chosen to write about something I had no knowledge of is one of life's great mysteries. When the muse calls, though, you don't question, you just scramble to catch what she dispenses.
But now, this. The ballet world. I'm back inside it, in a very different way, from those days when I performed, over twenty (gulp!) years ago.
Ah, the memories. They are returning.
Photography by Mike Manley for the Kaw Valley Dance Theatre. Lawrence, Kansas 1983, 1984
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