Northshire Online: Kara Tatelbaum "Putting My Heels Down"

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 6:00pm
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Author, dancer and choreographer Kara Tatelbaum will discuss Putting My Heels Down with fellow memoirist Ronit Plank, author of When She Comes Home.



"If your father practiced medicine the way you dance, he'd be under a million lawsuits." That's what Miss Lorraine used to tell Kara as a young dancer in between yelling, "Put your heels down "

In dance, criticism is considered a compliment, so as a young dancer with short Achilles tendons, tight hamstrings, and knobby knees she fancied herself a star. Thirty years of leotards and tights later, she had to face some hard truths. Maybe she wasn't a dancer after all. After graduating from a top conservatory and founding a critically acclaimed modern dance company, Kara reluctantly chose to teach Pilates to pay the bills. After initially failing her certification thanks to a nasty margarita hangover, she became one of the most sought after Pilates instructors in Manhattan. She cracked herself up, with what could only be described as Pilates stand-up, poking fun at high maintenance clients and gym culture. But, after hitting many unexpected speed bumps in her dance career, what started as a nothing day job had become her everything. And it wasn't funny anymore. Underneath that peppy six-pack Pilates persona was a sad little girl fighting for her dream. Putting My Heels Down exposes the harsh realities of life as a dancer but more importantly, the conflict so many of us experience between having a day job and having a dream.

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Putting My Heels Down Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945060458
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Published: Motina Books - April 29th, 2022

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