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Wendy Perron and Harry Sheppard in class at Bennington College, circa 1965–69. Photo by Josef Wittman, Courtesy Perron.

Hot off the presses! Wendy Perron's latest book, Through the Eyes of a Dancer, is now available. A compilation of more than 70 of Perron's essays, articles, blogs and reviews, the anthology spans four decades of dance history, touching on others' works as well as her own artistic process as a choreographer. Equal parts memoir, op-ed and critique, Through the Eyes of a Dancer is a fascinating read for those interested in dance and journalism.


Lois Greenfield Standard Deviation
A strip of photos by Lois Greenfield of Perron's work Standard Deviation (1984), with Perron,
MJ Becker and Lisa Bush


Even if you're familiar with Perron's work for publications including Dance Magazine, The New York Times and The Village Voice, you'll find something new to uncover: Perron frames each section with a personal account, presenting a previously untold perspective. Of course, many of the selections are compelling no matter how many times you've read them, and some of my personal faves made it in: her essay in Vanity Fair about her relationship with J.D. Salinger; her DM blog expressing outrage over the Black Swan Sarah Lane cover-up; her NY Times piece on editing (or the lack of editing) in choreography.


Daily Mirror
Performing her own work, The Daily Mirror, in Trisha Brown's loft in 1976.
Photo by Babette Mangolte, Courtesy Perron.


Through the Eyes of a Dancer is published by Wesleyan University Press; use the code W301 to receive a 30 percent discount when you purchase the book on Wesleyan's website. The book is also available through Amazon and on Kindle devices.


Want more Wendy? Be sure to check out Perron's weekly blog on dancemagazine.com.