By the age of twelve she was enrolled at the elite Washington School of Ballet and soon moved to the School of American Ballet. Ringer takes us inside the dancer's world, detailing a typical day, performance preparation, and the extraordinary pressures that these athletes face.
Ringer shares exhilarating stories of starring in Balanchine productions, working with the famous Peter Martins, and of meeting her husband and falling in love at the New York City Ballet. Ringer also talks candidly of Alistair Macauley's stinging critique of her weight in his New York Times review of The Nutcracker that ignited a public dialogue about ballet and weight. She unflinchingly describes her personal struggles with eating disorders and body image, and shares how her faith helped her to heal and triumph over these challenges.
This is a must-read for anyone entering the dance community, but even more broadly, for any young person passionately following their dream. Jenifer was fortunate to have help in conquering her eating disorder and other demons, and this book may be a help to those wrestling with their own issues.
Besides, for those of us who wish we could dance, knowing about it from the inside is a rare privilege. As a writer, she offers all of this and more, providing us with a rare opportunity to look behind the curtain and understand the pressures, challenges, and rewards faced by this remarkable individual. Dancing Through It is one of the most candid and insightful books about classical ballet I have ever read.
An honest portrait of the rarefied world of the New York City Ballet, Jenny's writing will make you tear up, roar with laughter, and reflect on the myriad pressures and rewards of being a dancer and an artist. Long before you've put this book down, you will want to shout 'Brava' once again for this treasured ballerina and gifted author. I had a hard time putting the book down, and I teared up several times.
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Having rituals creates a balance between action and rest, expansion and contraction, the outer and inner world. As the spiritual beings that we are, this balance is crucial. I discovered what a cacao ceremony was in I was spending time alone in Bali, in the middle of figuring my life and myself out. I was open to trying new things, and Cacao Ceremony was one.
All of that is to say that I have a pretty decent sense of pragmatism. When I heard of this thing called a Cacao Ceremony, I was dubious. That was my first, egoic-based reaction. And then, as usual, I reconsidered. The very fact that I was rejecting this meant I had to go. So I went. Now, I am not a specialist in cacao ceremonies, nor in cacao itself.
Pure cacao is used as a heart opening medicine for people to safely experience awakening, revelation and inner healing.
Cacao is used in a sacred medicinal ritual , where intentions are set and once consumed, euphoric states are unlocked , negative emotions are released and we are able to connect to ourselves and the loving energy in our body. Once you get that, you can feel emotions that you might have been suppressing because, life, right? I had different experiences with cacao and its physical and mental effects on me.
The first ceremony I went to, in , I did not feel anything special coming from the cacao. No visions, no transcendental experiences. No euphoria or what not. The ceremony I am talking about in this series led by Levi delivered a whole other experience read more in part III of this series — coming soon. Call it a placebo. Call it self-realizing thoughts. Or, maybe it is the cacao.
Here is what I know from my experience:. The cacao ceremony had tremendous power on my experience. It set a mindset. You are invited to let things come, messages, intuition, sounds, movements, as they come. No one will judge you here, let go, let go, let go. This is the power of rituals. They create a canvas for the mind, a setting. I thank Levi for the way he led the cacao ceremony. He gave us plenty of time to settle in, starting with a meditation to ground ourselves.
He then explained to us the power of the cacao and the intention of this ceremony. He explained that cacao was used by indigenous people as a gift from the gods, to open the heart and let intuition in. He induced that us, too, could experience this, today, during that ceremony.
Then, in silence, one by one, people grabbed a cup. And, in silence, we sipped the elixir. By leading the ceremony in such a mystical way, he created a container, a framework that allowed me to tap into the mystical side of my self, and live a magical experience. We drank the cacao, and he invited us to feel it, through deep breathing. I felt my heart and solar plexus open, through deep chest inhales, and the more my chest expanded, the more I opened, just by taking deep, deep, deep breaths.
Just feeling open, and raw, and real, and calm, and grounded, and potent. I was present, that is what happened. No distraction.
A sealed space metaphorically speaking. Surrounded by people who agreed to the same contract. The same agreed-upon reality. Just like when you meditate, by setting your environment in a certain way, you impact your sensorial perception and emotional state. The Cacao Ceremony was the first part of the experience. It was a stellar way to set up a sacred and safe space for the following part, the ecstatic dance. It increased the impact of the dance — more on this in the third part of this series. They create a space for you to experience the magic in this world.