Books: Dancing Tales

HOLDING ON TO THE AIR

by Suzanne Farrell

Summit; 322 pages; $19.95

THE SHAPE OF LOVE

by Gelsey Kirkland

Doubleday; 237 pages; $19.95

Since his death seven years ago, George Balanchine has taken on a strange, ectoplasmic life in the pages of other people's books, most of them written by his former dancers at New York City Ballet. One, Gelsey Kirkland's angry, vengeful Dancing on My Grave (1986), made the best-seller lists. This year brings a slight but more genial coda from Kirkland and the memoir the dance world has been waiting for, from Mr. B.'s last muse, Suzanne Farrell.

Farrell's...

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