Every Step You Take (Hardcover)

A Memoir

By Jock Soto

Harper, 9780061732386, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/1/2012)

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Description

Jock Soto, one of the greatest ballet dancers of our time chronicles the unique circumstances of his extraordinary career, his life among other legends of dance, and his background as a half-Navajo, half-Puerto Rican gay man struggling to succeed in the straight white world of the arts. Regarded as the greatest ballet dancer since Baryshnikov, Soto has achieved a level of success and fame enjoyed by few. Ballet aficionados will be familiar with Soto from the award-winning PBS documentary, Water Flowing Together, which chronicled his life and career. Now, lifelong dance adherents and causal fans alike will have the chance to hear the captivating story of one of the world’s greatest living performers.


About the Author

Jock Soto joined the New York City Ballet in 1981. He was promoted to soloist in 1984 and to principal dancer in 1985. He has danced featured roles in countless ballets, many of which were created specifically for him. He has been a permanent member of the faculty at the School of American Ballet since 1996, and in 2007 he was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Water Flowing Together. He lives in New York City with his partner, Luis Fuentes, a sommelier.



Praise For Every Step You Take: A Memoir

“Soto must add ‘eloquent memoirist’ to his attainments. [Every Step You Take] is lovely for its graceful inward and outward gaze and its narrative flow.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“[Jock’s] story, a true nowhere-to-somewhere tale, gathers momentum, it achieves a narrative power and an essential sweetness that is never cloying or annoying...A powerful story, affectionately told, about the demands and dimensions of personal and professional success.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Soto offers inspirational insights into a dancer’s creative process.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Jock Soto’s story is as poignant as his dancing. Every Step You Take is an inspirational journey that reveals a life on and beyond the stage. A must-read for any artist who sacrifices for their art.”
— Padma Lakshmi, author, actress, model and host of Emmy Award-winning show Top Chef

“Airborne in spirit, earthbound in truth, the words are moving and masterful. Like the dancer himself.”
— Tommy Tune