Stellina”s long-running series AUTHOR’S NIGHT returns on THURSDAY JULY 19 at 6:30 with the appearance of renowned ballerina LAURA YOUNG and her memoir “BALLERINA: A DANCER, A COMPANY, AN ERA”.

“At once a self-portrait, a character study of Boston, and an intimate, inside look at the art of ballet. . . . In this book, with candor and grace, Young allows us to enter the real-life world behind the one on stage.”Boston Globe

Author’s Night is a FREE EVENT. A cash bar will be available for attendees, and copies of Ms. Young’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Dick Haley of Haley Booksellers.

As a charter member of Boston Ballet and its predecessor, New England Civic Ballet, Laura Young has been affiliated with the company longer than any other dancer in its history. This book is both a memoir of her personal journey and a fascinating account of Boston Ballet’s rise from a regional troupe to the internationally recognized company that it is today.

It is interspersed with ruminations on the history of ballet, stories from the company’s Balanchine-influenced early years under founder E. Virginia Williams, and recollections from noteworthy tours, including those featuring the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, with whom Young was frequently paired.

After retiring from the stage, Young has continued her affiliation with Boston Ballet, both as an administrator and a teacher. Working in collaboration with Janine Parker, Young has written a lively, informed, and entertaining memoir.

CLICK HERE for transcript of a 2017 interview with Laura Young on WBUR.

“For a quarter century, Laura Young was the face of Boston Ballet. . . . Just as she did on stage, Young communicates with laser-like precision, delivering a tour de force of high drama and low comedy that follows the fortunes of the company and her life at the center of that company. Boston Ballerina is an important addition to the lexicon of dance history and most decidedly a delicious read.”Bruce Marks, internationally acclaimed dancer, director, and choreographer


Ms. Young’s talk is just the beginning. Stay with us afterwards to continue the conversation over DINNER WITH THE AUTHOR. All food and beverages are a la carte, and there are no additional charges. 

Reservations are not required for the Author’s Night talk, but we recommend that they be made for the Dinner portion of the evening. Please call the restaurant in person to insure prompt confirmation. Make sure to specify that you will be an Author’s Night attendee.