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I’m Chloe Angyal, PhD, a journalist and author from Sydney, Australia. I live in the Iowa City area.

I’m an editor at VICE News and the author of the non-fiction book Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers is Saving Ballet From Itself (Bold Type Books, 2021) and the novel Pas de Don’t (Amberjack Publishing, 2023).

Turning Pointe is a book about the future of ballet, and a reckoning with all the forces – racism, sexism, elitism, and more – that endanger that future.

Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a captivating debut,” Kirkus calls it “vigorously reported” and “insightful,” Library Journal calls it “essential reading for anyone who loves ballet,” and The Boston Globe calls it “incisive and unsparing,” and says it’s “an important read for ballet lovers and an essential part of any conversation moving forward.”

Pas de Don’t is a high-heat contemporary romance set in the ballet world and in Sydney, a forbidden love workplace romance for the post-#MeToo era. It’s Center Stage meets Under the Tuscan Sun, but in Sydney, with a dash of First Wives Club. Publishers’ Weekly calls it “an emotional forbidden romance that doubles as a love letter to ballet and a travelogue through Sydney,” and Library Journal calls it “a sexy, smoldering romance that pulls back the curtain on the world of ballet and deftly portrays the ambition, drive, and passion of those who live and work in it.”