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Joel Lobenthal, associate editor of Ballet Review and former chief critic for the New York Sun, gives us insight into the life of Patricia Wilde, grande dame of ballet, and the golden age of the New York City Ballet.

As a young star, Wilde toured America with Ballet Russe and was a first-generation member and principal dancer of New York City Ballet during the uniquely dramatic Balanchine era. Lobenthal brings us backstage into the world of Wilde and Balanchine, of Tanaquil Le Clercq, Diana Adams, Suzanne Farrell, Maria Tallchief and many others through some of ballet’s great triumphs and tragedies.


Brief Bio

Joel Lobenthal is associate editor of the quarterly Ballet Review. He was chief dance critic for the New York Sun from 2005 until the paper closed in 2008. He has also written about dance, opera, theater, film and books for Capital New York, City Arts, Playbill, Dance Magazine, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard and the New York Post. He is the author of Tallulah! and coauthor of Dancing on Water with Elena Tchernichova.


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