Unraveling the Perfectionism of Christmas, Ballet, and ‘The Nutcracker’
I aged out of leotards and ballet—not perfectionism. But tight buns suck. And so do tightly scripted holidays.
Swan Lakeba da da daa, da duum
Elizabeth Welch is an interdisciplinary scholar of American visual art, dance, and their intertwined institutions. She teaches art history at Providence College. Her current book project examines the magazine Dance Index (1942-1949) and the artist-balletomanes who helped advance ballet to elite status in the United States. She earned a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and BA from Rhodes College.
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