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David Hallberg's Latest Role? Author

Henry Leutwyler

Let's recap David Hallberg's very busy May, shall we? Last week, we announced the American Ballet Theatre principal as our June cover star.


On Monday, he starred as Prince Coffee in the New York premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream.


And today, news broke that he's written a memoir.

This. Man. Is. On. Fiyah.

His memoir, titled A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back, will be released November 7 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. According to a statement from his publishers, Hallberg has written about everything from his pre-ABT days to his early New York fame, his acclaim at the Bolshoi Ballet, his devastating injury and—the cherry on top—his triumphant return to dance.

Though The New York Times reported that Hallberg began writing about his life when he joined the Bolshoi several years ago, clearly, much his happened since then. "The ensuing struggle to find myself again, as an artist and a person, to not give up after two and a half years of complications, is what the book is really about," he told theTimes.

We want to know everything. But until then, you can get a taste of Hallberg's path in our feature story, including details about his rigorous recovery journey at The Australian Ballet, where he recouped his ankle. Hallberg seems busy these days—but, boy, are we glad.

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