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Author Whiteside, James, author.

Title Center center : a funny, sexy, sad almost-memoir of a boy in ballet / James Whiteside ; [illustrations by Teddy O'Connor].

Publication Info. [New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    792.8028 Whiteside,J WHI    Available
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Description 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Illustrator information from title page verso.
Contents Letter to the reader -- Getting your dream job is as easy as ABT -- JbDubs & Ühu Betch -- Nancy -- How I met Jesus Christ on Grindr -- Coming out in Y2K -- A boom box and a box cutter -- Dick college -- All my pets are dead -- Al -- Stranded in Casablanca -- Loathe, revile, abhor, detest! -- The tenant: a near-death experience -- Why not?
Summary There's a mark on every stage around the world that signifies the center of its depth and width: it is called "center center." Whiteside has dreamed of standing on that very mark as a principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre ever since he was a twelve-year-old blown away by watching the company's spring gala. Here he tells us the story of how he got to be a primo ballerino, as well as tales of the two alter egos he created to subvert the strict classical rigor of ballet: JbDubs, an out-and-proud pop musician, and Ühu Betch, an over-the-top drag queen named after Yoohoo chocolate milk. The result is a raunchy, curious, and unapologetic celebration of queerness, self-expression, friendship, sex, creativity, and pushing boundaries that will entertain you, shock you, inspire you... and maybe even make you cry-- Adapted from jacket.
Subject Whiteside, James.
Ballet dancers -- United States -- Biography.
American Ballet Theatre.
Male dancers -- United States -- Biography.
Sexual minorities -- United States -- Biography.
Gay men -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Author O'Connor, Teddy, illustrator.
ISBN 9780593297834 hardcover
0593297830 hardcover

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