By Sophia Hollander
The ethereal beauty of ballet depends in part on not acknowledging the grit, sweat and gnarled feet that make it possible—especially among the unknown dancers in the corps de ballet who gracefully toil in the ballerinas’ shadows.
On Oct. 10, one of those unsung performers will step forward with a fictionalized insider’s account of that underdog experience.
“Bunheads,” a young-adult novel written by former corps dancer Sophie Flack, depicts a world where the characters’ most intimate friends are also their greatest obstacles to success. The dancers are ravaged by eating disorders and riven with questions over what must be sacrificed to succeed—even as they relish moments of exceptional beauty.