Every Step You Take: A Memoir

Every Step You Take A Memoir 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 h
  • Title: Every Step You Take: A Memoir
  • Author: Jock Soto
  • ISBN: 9780061732386
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ofJock 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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    1. Jock Soto Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Every Step You Take: A Memoir book, this is one of the most wanted Jock Soto author readers around the world.

    2. Reading dancer Jock Soto s memoir is a bit like skipping dinner for a supper of circulating tiny hors d oeuvres at a swank cocktail party there are plenty of tasty morsels, though nothing really fills you up.The book is initially narrated as if it s a memoir about a mixed heritage gay man s relationship with his mother but it s not, really, though it s obvious her passing affected him deeply It should perhaps have been a comprehensive look at Soto s career as principal dancer within the New Yor [...]

    3. Jock Soto describes his life as a Puertican Native American who is interested and talented in dance He initially learned the Native American hoop dance from his mother before eventually becoming an accomplished dancer Soto moves to New York at a young age and dances with the New York City Ballet for many years He talks about realizing he is gay and relationship struggles he experienced He writes about his travels, famous people from the dance world and outside of it he met and his ventures as a [...]

    4. Every Step You Take A Memoir is a look back for Jock Soto at his family and his career, sorting through the influences that made him a unique figure in the ballet world The writing took great courage, as some of his family history must have been hard to face some unpleasant truths about his father, in particular, and his mother s family He has an amazing life story, a story that I don t think could even happen today, and his telling of it is quite humble.Jock got interested in ballet at the ripe [...]

    5. 3.5 starsHe s got a very interesting history, and I liked the glimpse into the life of this gay ballet dancer of Navajo Puerto Rican heritage He actually lived in the Phoenix area around the same time I did, and he lived a similarly middle class life at the time There the similarities between our paths ends Even than his talent which I hear about indirectly in the book, but I don t really see, since it is hard to get the true nature of dance through the written word , I am awed by his dedicatio [...]

    6. If the unexamined life is not worth living then Jock Soto s life has got to be one of the most worthy of living lives to have ever been lived Soto has been the subject of countless articles, than a few artists he has an Andy Warhol portrait which consists mainly of his photo with Warhol s tracing around Soto s mouth and nose , a very compelling documentary and now this autobiography I ve been a fan of Soto s since my teen years but I realised partway through the book that I have just had about [...]

    7. The problem with most of the ballet books written by dancers is that They are dancers, not writers even when they get help with the writing That being said if you start reading knowing this, your expectations will be about information and maybe reflexion, not about style.Soto has a very interesting and different story to tell His ethnicity plays a big role in the story and it s interesting Also, you an read this book even if you don t know about ballet, Balanchine or the New York City Ballet A n [...]

    8. Reminds me of Jeannette Walls s Half Broke Horses, in a way Jock has made a semi normal life for himself despite being raised by parents who moved around constantly and didn t hold a job for long not to mention his father s issues with fidelity.Jock is painfully truthful about his own immaturity as he was learning about life and love in NYC as a teenager mostly on his own But, you can feel his joy in dancing well and getting to do new works.

    9. 4.5 stars, actually, the extra 1 2 for being a very quick read Most memoirs I have to slog through but this was fun and sweet and Soto is so humble for all of the many gifts he was given I would recommend this book to dancers and dance aficionados, for sure, all of whom would love a glimpse into the world of City Ballet.

    10. Jock Soto writes most beautifully about dancing and its importance for him This is a story of his career, his growth as a dancer and the ballet knowledge he had learned on the way.A fascinating read for anyone interested in ballet.

    11. This was a quick read and moderately interesting memoir The best part was the recipes Soto included Soto was an incredible dancer.

    12. Jock Soto has displayed lots of courage in his lifetime for leaving home for the Big Apple, for dancing, for exploring relationships both familial and intimate Bravo

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