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November 09, 2007

In the Wings: Behind the Scenes at the New York City Ballet

Visual Art and Exhibitions

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Stunning, intimate photographs and personal observations by long-time New York City Ballet dancer Kyle Froman reveal as never before the world of the ballet dancer

For two years, Kyle Froman pursued a private mission to record the daily rhythms of life in the world he has inhabited for than a decade as a member of the corps of the world-renowned New York City Ballet (NYCB) which makes its home at Lincoln Center. The result, Mr. Froman’s first book, IN THE WINGS, is a visual backstage pass, and performer’s diary, like no other. The members of the famed company paid little attention to the fact that a dancer in their midst was documenting their most private moments. He photographed them as they pushed themselves physically, struggled through grueling rehearsal after grueling rehearsal, and fought pre-performance anxiety as they prepared to dance dozens of the most exquisite, but challenging ballets ever made, during the company’s season at the New York State Theater.

Through a kaleidoscope of spectacular images, IN THE WINGS brings to life the exhilarating, awe-inspiring, and physically demanding life of the dancers in the largest dance company in America. Striking color and black-and-white photographs combine with the lively text by a true “insider,” to give a firsthand view of what it takes to dance at the highest level, from the rigors of daily training and injuries to the transcendent moments on stage at the end of the day.

IN THE WINGS, with a foreword by Peter Martins, NYCB Ballet Master in Chief, will inspire and intrigue ballet buffs, aspiring performers, dance students and arts-lovers, and will make a perfect gift this holiday season.

IN THE WINGS: Behind the Scenes at the New York City Ballet (Wiley, October, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-470-17343-5; $35.00 / Cloth), is available for purchase, on-line at and; it is available at selected Barnes & Noble and Borders retail locations.

About the Author

Kyle Froman (New York, NY) has been a ballet dancer since the age of eleven. He is an 11-year member of the corps de ballet of the New York City Ballet and a gifted photographer. He was awarded the first Rudolph Nureyev Scholarship at the School of American Ballet after dancing with the Fort Worth Ballet. He has studied under the tutelage of Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, Paul Mejia and Stanley Williams. He has appeared in New York Magazine, Italian Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine.

About the Wiley/Lincoln Center Publishing Alliance

Launched in 2006, John Wiley & Sons and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., under a joint imprint, publish books that draw on Lincoln Center’s archives, performing artists, global presentations, and Lincoln Center Institute’s educational expertise. The range of works is targeted to general interest consumers and their families. Forthcoming books include Art at Lincoln Center: The Public Art and List Prints and Poster Collections; celebrated operatic bass Hao Jiang Tian’s memoir Along the Roaring River: My Journey from Mao to the Met; a book on how to listen to music from conductor/composer and creator of “What Makes it Great?” Rob Kapilow; and a series of family-focused performance companion books.

About New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with an unparalleled active repertory of more than 150 works—most of them created for NYCB—many of which are considered modern masterpieces. The Company was established in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and arts aficionado Lincoln Kirstein at the City Center of Music and Drama, and quickly became known for pure neo-classicism, which resonated with modern audiences. In 1949, Jerome Robbins joined the Company as associate artistic director and, with Balanchine and many guest choreographers, created a varied repertory that grew each season. Balanchine served as Ballet Master of NYCB from its inception until his death, in 1983, during which time he choreographed countless works and created a company of dancers known for their speed and musicality. In 1964 NYCB moved to its current home at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater, where it grew into one of the world’s great dance companies. Now under the direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, the company has 100 dancers, a 62-member orchestra, an official school (the School of American Ballet) and an annual 23-week season in New York, the longest home season of any dance company in the world. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers. For more information visit

About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA), serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of more than 400 events annually, LCPA’s programs include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Live From Lincoln Center. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.


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