Jennifer Homans was a professional dancer trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and The School of American Ballet. She performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Currently the dance critic for The New Republic, she has written for The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, and The Australian. She earned her B.A. at Columbia University and her Ph.D. in modern European history at New York University, where she is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.
"The only truly definitive history of the most impossibly fantastic art form, ballet . . . an eloquent and lasting elegy to an unlasting art."--The New York Times Book Review
"A delight to read, massively informed yet remarkably agile . .
. The story of ballet offers a singular perspective on the
evolution of our culture: a fascinating mirror on the arts. Nowhere
is this narrative told more amply and compellingly than in Jennifer
Homans's triumphant Apollo's Angels."--The Washington
Post "Here is a book of immense ambition--a one-volume history
of ballet--and of considerable accomplishment. Jennifer Homans,
whom we know primarily as The New Republic's provocative
dance critic, shows herself to be both dogged and graceful as a
historian--a rare and welcome combination of qualities."--The
New York Review of Books "Intellectually rigorous, beautifully
written, brilliantly structured."--San Francisco
"Magnificent . . . [a] monumental work."--The Boston Globe "Each page of this luminous work delights, enlightens and beckons. Every dancer should live with this book, of course, but every person who loves literature and history, is word-struck and story-addicted, should give themselves a treat with Apollo's Angels. Treasure this treasure."--Jacques d'Amboise "This is a wonderful book about how ballet evolved. Written by a gifted dancer, Apollo's Angels is dance history seen from the inside. The wonder to me is how much this accessible, beautifully-crafted book reveals about the times and places in which ballets were made; it makes culture come alive."--Richard Sennett, author of The Craftsman "A dancer who is also a historian--who ever dreamed of such an improbable creature? But here is Jennifer Homans and her indispensable book. She puts the understanding of ballet on a whole new footing. Finally the delicacies of ballet have been restored to the indelicacies of history, and the art seems even more wondrous for it. Apollo's Angels is an enlightenment, a remarkable feat of scholarship and sensibility, an affecting mixture of criticism and devotion, an intellectual joy."--Leon Wieseltier