Think the movie Black Swan's depiction of a ballerina's problems was over-the-top? Deirdre Kelly's Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, And Suffering Behind The Symbol Of Perfection ($29.95, Greystone) will convince you that the life of the dancer has been painful indeed.
Infantalized, brutally controlled and even starved, female stars have been under the thumb of their ballet masters for centuries, though Kelly does allow that the situation has eased slightly. She launches the book with signings Saturday and Sunday (September 29 and 30) at Teatro Verde. See Readings.