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I am currently enjoying two college writing classes: one in which I am beginning a manuscript of dance-related (sort of–I am taking a long leash on the theme) memoir essays for my senior thesis which I hope in another six months will become a complete book and another in which I will be writing experiential papers about my life for college credit (a core LEAP class that is simultaneously loved and reviled by all). So it has been hard to post regularly, and seemingly unnecessary with all of our great new contributors!, because I am always writing or reading under harsh deadline.

However, last week I read a brilliant memoir by Maxine Hong Kingston and since I have been recommending it to everyone I see in person, man/woman, feeling fine/melancholy/distraught, I thought I would let you all in on it here. It set my hair on fire, in a good way, and definitely is not unrelated to many of the recent posts on Dd, in dealing with the reality of life, family expectations, and vocation versus myths and dreams that make us all artists.

Do yourself a favor. Read this book!

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts


Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.